East Delhi got yet another Metro line on Wednesday.
Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy flagged off the first train on line 4, the Yamuna Bank–Anand Vihar line, along with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday. It will open for the general public from Thursday.
Line 4 will not only cater to thousands of people living and working in east Delhi but will also benefit residents living in Ghaziabad’s residential colonies close to the Delhi border.
There are five stations on the 6.17-kilometre section. About 1.04 lakh passengers are expected to travel everyday.
During peak hours, trains will be available to and from Anand Vihar every seven-and-a-half minutes. The DMRC has also constructed two foot over bridges (FOBs) at the Laxmi Nagar and Nirman Vihar stations on the busy Vikas Marg.
With the opening of line 4, the network is spread across 96 kilometres and 83 stations.
The Yamuna Bank–Anand Vihar is the first of the five new metro lines the Delhi Metro will open in 2010. The remaining four corridors have to be opened before October 2010 when the Commonwealth Games begin.
This will include the airport express link, the Gurgaon section, the Badarpur section and the Mundka line.
DMRC managing director E.Sreedharan said the Inderlok-Mundka line will be opened in February. The Central Secretariat–Gurgaon line will start in May 2010 and the Badarpur line and the airport express link will open by September this year.
Jaipal Reddy said he had full faith in the agency and expected that all work would be completed by September.
“I am confident all work pertaining to the Games will be completed in time,” Reddy said.
With more metro sections slated to open in the next few months, Sreedharan said the DMRC would add one new train every 10 days.
According to Sreedharan, the DMRC has placed an order for 83 new trains of which 16 have already been delivered.“We will roll out six-coach trains from May this year,” he said.