Residents, industrialists upbeat as new Metro Link to bring south Delhi closer to Noida

Opening of the link between Botanic Garden and Kalkaji Mandir Marg on Dec 25 will reduce travel time to Delhi and Faridabad

noida Updated: Dec 18, 2017 22:48 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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The Noida Authority, police and the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation are busy with preparation for the opening of Botanic Garden-Kalkaji Marg Metro link road.(Sunil Ghosh/HT PHOTO)

Residents of Noida travelling towards south Delhi and Faridabad are upbeat, as they will be able to save at least 45 minutes of travel time from December 25 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the Botanic Garden-Kalkaji Mandir Marg Link to the public.

Apart from industrialists and general public in Noida, the section will facilitate an easy passage to two major educational institutions — Jamia Millia Islamia and Amity University.

“This is great news, as opening of this new Metro Link will cut travel time significantly . At present, if we have to go to South Delhi or Faridabad, we have to change the Metro at the Mandi House station and it takes more than one hour to reach Sarita Vihar. But once this Link is made operational, commuters will be able to reach Sarita Vihar in 25 minutes,” AN Dhawan, general secretary, Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association (FONRWA), a residents’ body, said.

Once the entire corridor opens, commuters from Noida can go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas. The commute from Noida and Faridabad will also get shorter. Passengers between Noida and Faridabad will switch trains at Kalkaji Mandir.

“Now I can park my car at the Botanic Garden and travel to my office at Kalkaji (in Delhi) by the Metro comfortably. It would help me avoid the traffic jam that I face regularly while travelling in my car,” Mayank Singh, a resident of Sector 19, said.

Office bearers at the Noida Entrepreneur Association (NEA) said that the new link will boost their business.

“We need to travel to Faridabad from Noida daily. And our customers and workers also need to travel daily from South Delhi and Faridabad to Noida on business every day. Previously, it used to take them 2 hours, travelling on the existing Metro routes to make the journey. However, the opening of the Botanic Garden-Kalkaji Mandir Marg link will enable them to cut down on their travel time and help our business. We were eagerly waiting for this link to open,” Sudhir Shrivastava, spokesperson, NEA, said.

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The Noida authority, police and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation are currently busy with preparations for the inauguration of this Metro link.

“This will mark a significant leap with regard to connectivity, as the Delhi Metro will be able to link Noida through south Delhi routes. The new link will bring south Delhi areas closer to Noida,” Anuj Dyal, spokesperson for Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC), said.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 22:48 IST