New stretch of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line will connect to four key markets
Of the six stations that are to be opened by July end, four are popular markets that are likely to have a higher footfall because of easy Metro connectivity.Updated: Jul 16, 2018, 19:28 IST
The inspection of the Lajpat Nagar-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus section of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line will be conducted on July 23 by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). Apart from just providing better connectivity between north and south Delhi, this 8.1-kilometre section will be a boon for shoppers across the city as the section connects four prominent markets.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said that the CMRS, Sailesh Kumar Pathak, will inspect the Lajpat Nagar-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus section of the Pink Line corridor, which has six stations in all — Sir Vishweshariah Moti Bagh, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar — is likely to open by July-end, once the safety clearance is given.
“After opening of this section, the Majlis Park-Lajpat Nagar section will become 29.66kmlong and the length of operational network of the Delhi Metro will become 296kms,” said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.
Out of these six stations, four are popular markets that are likely to have a higher footfall now because of easy Metro connectivity.
This is the second section of the Pink Line that will be opened. Before this, the section between Majlis Park and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus with 12 stations was inaugurated in February this year.
Among the most popular flea markets in the city, Sarojini Nagar gets thousands of shoppers every day. However, the market doesn’t have a strong public transport system connecting it. Most public bus routes only drop visitors till the Ring Road, after which they either have to walk or rely on auto-rickshaws.
“Getting an auto from here is a nightmare. Because so many people are desperate to get home after a tiring shopping trip, the auto drivers take advantage and charge several times more than the actual fare,” said Savitri Patil, a resident of Moti Bagh.
Parking private vehicles is also another problem in the area. Though the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has a multilevel parking lot in the area, during weekend finding a place to park is a nightmare.
One of the two entry/exit gates of the Sarojini Nagar Metro station is approximately 50 metres away from the flea market, which will encourage shoppers to ditch their private cars and take the Metro.
Though INA already has Metro connectivity on the Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli-Huda City Centre), the opening of this section of the Pink Line will make this an interchange station. This means that people will be able to use the interchange facility to reach areas around north Delhi and also Gurugram.
The station will also complete the loop between the two lines, as the existing section of the Pink Line already connected with the Yellow Line at Azadpur.
The INA Metro station will help visitors to reach the INA Market and also to those wanting to reach the Dilli Haat, just metres away from the station.
The posh market of South Extension has been facing major traffic snarls and chaos because of the Metro construction. Shoppers will, however, finally heave a sigh of relief with the opening of this station.
Apart from making the market, which houses shops of several international brands, more accessible for people, the South Extension Metro station will also bring relief to pedestrians who, at present, rely on the foot-over bridge near the under-construction NBCC (India) Ltd commercial complex. The gates of the station have been designed to provide subway facilities as well.
The opening of station will join the existing Lajpat Nagar station on the Violet Line (Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar) to the Pink Line, making the commute easier.
The market, which is connected to two major arterial roads, witnesses major traffic jams caused by shoppers using private vehicles for commute. An interconnection at Lajpat Nagar will help more visitors reach the market using the Metro services.