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Delhi Metro to run fewer trains on Republic Day

IANS  New Delhi, January 23, 2013
First Published: 20:03 IST(23/1/2013) | Last Updated: 13:58 IST(24/1/2013)

Delhi Metro services will be partially curtailed during the Republic Day Parade Jan 26 and Beating Retreat ceremony Jan 29, a Delhi Metro official said.

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Train schedules of Metro Line Two  from HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri, Line Three from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre, Line Four from Vaishali to Yamuna Bank, and Line Six  from Central Secretariat to Badarpur will be partially shut in view of extra security on these two days.

On Republic Day, services at nine Metro stations will be curtailed from 6 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. -- Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Mandi House, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Pragati Maidan, Barakhamba Road and Khan Market stations.

These Metro stations either fall on the path of the Republic Day Parade or are located close to it.

However, Metro services on Line Three from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre and Line Four  from Vaishali to Yamuna Bank will run in three short loops on these corridors.

"Trains on lines three and four will be operated in short loops from Noida City Centre to Indraprastha, Vaishali to Yamuna Bank and Dwarka Sector 21 to Rajiv Chowk. Passenger services will be available up to R.K. Ashram Marg," a Delhi Metro statement said.

"As for Line Six (Central Secretariat to Badarpur), passenger services will be available from Badarpur to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium," the statement added.

However, passengers can use the interchange facility at Rajiv Chowk for lines two and three and Central Secretariat for lines two and six.

Operations will be normal on all lines after the parade is over.

Metro trains will not be available from HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri and Central Secretariat to Badarpur from 3.00 p.m to 6.30 p.m. Jan 29 when Beating Retreat ceremoney is held in Vijay Chowk at the foot of the Raisina Hill, opposite Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course Roa and Khan Market stations will be closed during this period.

"On Line Six, passenger services will be available only from Badarpur to Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. However, interchange facility will be available at Central Secretariat." the statement added.

In addition, all Delhi Metro parking lots will remain closed from 2 p.m. Jan 25 to 2 p.m. Jan 26 as advised by Delhi Police for security reasons.

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