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Delhi Metro’s interchange hubs to make travelling easier in NCR

Three years down the line, you will be able to travel to any part of Delhi and the national capital region by changing metros in your neighbourhood.

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2013 02:06 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

Three years down the line, you will be able to travel to any part of Delhi and the national capital region by changing metros in your neighbourhood.

After completion of Phase 3 in 2016, almost all parts of urban Delhi will have their own dedicated interchange hubs from where commuters will be able to change trains without going to Rajiv Chowk.

The existing Kashmere Gate interchange metro station is situated in north Delhi and registers an average daily footfall of 2.92 lakh. In Phase 3, the Delhi Metro will construct four new interchange hubs in different parts of the city, which will cater to more than a lakh commuters each, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials.

The stations that will be upgraded as interchange hubs during Phase 3 construction includes Hauz Khas and INA in South Delhi, Rajouri Garden in West Delhi and Mayur Vihar 1 in East Delhi.

“These four stations will give commuters the facility of changing trains in their own localities, without having to travel to either Rajiv Chowk or Kashmere Gate. This will also help in decongesting these stations,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, DMRC.

People travelling from Gurgaon on Line 2 will be able to get down at the Hauz Khas interchange station and take a direct train to Botanical Garden.

Through this connectivity, the travelling time between Gurgaon and Noida will be brought down by at least half an hour from the present 1.5 hours. Besides, they will be able to go to prominent markets like Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar by using the upcoming interchange facility at INA within 30 minutes.

“INA station will also act as interchange for commuters wishing to travel between east Delhi and Gurgaon,” Dayal said.

Commuters coming from Dwarka will be able to go to south Delhi without changing trains at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat. The DMRC will construct 10 more interchange stations.

These are Azadpur, Netaji Subhash Place, Lajpat Nagar, Anand Vihar, Karkardooma, Kalkaji Mandir, Botanical Garden, Mandi House and Kashmere Gate. But none of these stations will have an interchange passenger load of more than a lakh.

Record ridership
Breaking all previous records, the Metro ridership touched a new high on Monday— it ferried over 24.09 lakh commuters. The first day of the month had recorded a ridership of 23,62,279, surpassing the earlier record set on June 18.