A Metro station at Dhaula Kuan on the proposed 56-km-long corridor connecting Mukundpur with Yamuna Vihar is going to solve the long persisting problem of Delhi University students, especially those going to South Campus colleges.
The proposed new corridor would cater to students of Delhi University to a large extent, finds a survey conducted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). According to DMRC, 35% of the Delhi Metro's existing ridership falls between 18 and 24 years of age and 50% falls between 25 and 35 years of age. A huge chunk of them are students.
Once the Dhaula Kuan Metro station is operational, Delhi Metro's earning from students will show a steep increase as it would register footfall of thousands of university goers, said sources. In absence of any Metro connectivity, thousands of university students commute between North Campus and South Campus by buses that take at least one-and-half hours to two hours to reach.
"Once the proposed line gets operational, the distance between North Campus and South Campus will be covered only in 35 minutes. The two campuses will be connected through 18 Metro stations," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.
Dhaula Kuan Metro station will be built in front of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College and will be connected with Line 2 that connects Gurgaon with Jahangirpuri through INA Metro station, which will be an interchange station.
The INA and Dhaula Kuan stations will be connected through three stations at Moti Bagh, Bhikaji Cama Place and Sarojini Nagar. Of them, the Bhikaji Cama Place and Sarojini Nagar stations will be underground stations, while Moti Bagh will be an elevated station.
According to Delhi Metro, Dhaula Kuan station is going to be one of the most important and busiest stations of Delhi Metro and would largely cater to students of Delhi University. The Mukundpur — Yamuna Vihar corridor will have 35 stations including nine underground stations.
"The station will also cater to the passengers traveling from Kashmiri Gate to Dhaula Kuan as they would be able to take inter-state buses for their further journeys. Besides, the station will also give connectivity to Dhaula Kuan station of the Airport Expressline, where check-in facilities will be available.