When the Kirti Nagar-Ashok Park Main metro link is thrown open soon, it will not only cut down the travelling time between three corridors of the Delhi Metro network, but will also help passengers save some money.
The 3 km link between Kirti Nagar and Ashok Park Main Metro link will reduce the fares as well as cut down the travelling time between many destinations of Line 1 (Dilshad Garden - Rithala), Line 3 (Dwarka Sector 21 – NOIDA City Centre) and Line 5 (Inderlok - Mundka).
Once the line is opened, commuters of Line 3 will be easily able to travel to a destination on Line 1 and 5 without going to Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate and vice versa.
"Due to this link, the cost of travel will come down by more than 50% in some instances," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said. For instance, Dayal said, the present fare between Punjabi Bagh and Kirti Nagar is Rs 21 and the same will come down to Rs 10 after the opening of this link.
The travelling time of the commuters using these stretches will also come down by almost 50% in many cases. "The opening of this stretch will also help a lot in decongesting the busy Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate interchange stations as the commuters travelling between destinations on lines 1, 3 and 5 won't have to come to these stations to change trains," Dayal said.
Delhi Metro is gearing up to open the line soon and has already invited the commissioner of Metro rail safety for his mandatory safety clearance. CMRS R K Kardam is expected to inspect the line very soon.