Metro is going to make further inroads into Delhi with the opening of the 3.1 kilometre extension of the Rithala-Shahdara line up to Dilshad Garden on Tuesday. The extension is expected to add 26,000 commuters. The section will be inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy on Tuesday. The Metro trains will start plying on this section from Wednesday morning.
Not just the residents of Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil, Vivek Vihar and neighbouring residential colonies of Delhi, a large number of people living in neighbouring areas of Ghaziabad like Shalimar Garden, Sahibabad, Surya Nagar and Vaishali will also benefit.
The 3.1-km-long stretch will be the first section of the Delhi Metro's Phase II to be made operational, and that too seven months ahead of schedule.
This fully elevated section has three stations after Shahdara —Mansarovar Park, Jhilmil and Dilshad Garden. While 21 trains run at a frequency of four minutes on the Rithala-Shahdara section, one train will be added to the entire stretch after the Dilshad Garden section is opened. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has made parking arrangements at all three stations. The parking lots, however, will not be thrown open from day one.
According to DMRC officials, feeder bus routes have been planned for people living in the neighbouring colonies. While one feeder route—Dilshad Garden Metro station to GTB Hospital—will start operating from the first day, DMRC officials said they had also sought permission from the STA to start two more routes from Dilshad Garden station to Mayur Vihar Phase III and AGCR Enclave.
Interestingly, it is the first time that feeder buses will be available in the NCR area as well. DMRC and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) had already conducted a survey to run two feeder bus routes in Ghaziabad district.