Long-distance Metro commuters have reasons to cheer. Come September, travelling by the Metro on many important routes may become less time-consuming.
DMRC is expanding its interchange station network. It will add as many as five interchange metro stations to its existing network of four stations for better connectivity.
The new interchange stations will be at Kirti Nagar, Ashok Park Main, Central Secretariat, Dwarka Sector 21 and Airport Line New Delhi Railway Station.
The existing interchange stations are at Kashmiri Gate, Rajiv Chowk, Yamuna Bank and Inderlok Metro Station.
“The five new interchange stations will be ready a month before the Commonwealth Games. We have all necessary permissions from the Central and state governments for the same,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.
“The new interchange stations have been designed keeping in mind the convenience of commuters as regards time-saving and reducing the distance to be covered. This arrangement will make travel cheaper too,” Dayal added.
The New Delhi station of the Airport Express Line will be an underground station with check-in/check-out facility, frisking, luggage checking and security. It will be a totally dedicated express line.
This 19.2 km stretch will provide smooth connectivity between New Delhi Railway Station, Connaught Place, City Centre and the Airport.
Besides providing interchange facility for commuters travelling on Line 2, it will also provide direct access to the airport for passengers from New Delhi Railway station.
At the Ashok Park main interchange station, metro lines from Inderlok and Kirti Nagar will converge and move towards Mundka, said DMRC officials.
From Ashok Park, trains from Mundka will be diverted to Kirti Nagar and Inderlok.
The interconnection between Kirti Nagar and Ashok Park Main station will be of great relief to commuters of the Dwarka Sub-city and Rithala-Inderlok line.
“This inter-connectivity of around three km will drastically reduce a distance of around 15 to 16 kms covered by passengers while commuting from Dwarka sub-city to Rithala line and vice-versa,” said DMRC officials.
The Dwarka Sector-21 station, connecting the metro link to the IGI Airport will be an integrated station involving passenger interchange between the proposed Airport Express Link and Line 3 of the Delhi Metro from Dwarka to Noida.
According to DMRC, “The metro rail link between Dwarka and Airport is necessary, because, in its absence, Dwarka residents will have to travel approximately nine to 10 kms extra each time they make a trip to the airport.”