Delhi Metro’s first standard gauge line is set to open in March.
The 15-kilometre section between Mundka in west Delhi and Inderlok is the first line that connects two already operational lines — Dilshad Garden - Rithala Line (Line 1) at Inderlok Metro station and Noida - Dwarka line (line 3) at Kirti Nagar metro station.
While Mundka - Inderlok section will open next month, the 3.5-kilometre Ashok Park - Kirti Nagar section, a small extension that branches off at Ashok Park metro station, will take at least two more months to start functioning.
The Inderlok Mundka line, which will be known as Green line or Line 5, has several firsts associated with it. This will be the first line to have a connection with Northern Railway's ring railway in Delhi.
“The metro station of Satguru Ram Singh Marg will be directly connected to Ring railway’s Patel Nagar station with a foot over bridge,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
The Inderlok-Mundka line will be the first to connect Delhi’s two peripheral roads with a metro line. Outer Ring Road and Ring Road, Delhi’s two most congested roads, will now be connected with the Metro.
“A lot of people coming from neighbouring towns of Rohtak and Karnal get down at Outer Ring Road. They will certainly be benefited by this Metro connection,” a DMRC official said.