Pink Line to be open to public tomorrow

| | New Delhi

Ahead of the formal inauguration of the Pink Line on Wednesday by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi Metro on Monday gave a tour to media on the 21.56 km stretch of the Majlis Park—Deshbandhu South Campus Metro station.

Connecting the Blue, Red and Yellow line, the stretch consisting of 12 metro stations will be the first line to decongest the Ring Road. Among the special features of the Pink Line, it is the first time that travelators spanning 250 metres have been installed in the Pink Line to connect the Blue Line section of the Rajouri Garden to its Pink Line section. Once the Majlis Park-South campus metro station becomes operational, it will connect parts of South Delhi such as RK Puram, Satya Niketan to parts of West Delhi, East Delhi and Northwest Delhi and will reduce travel time from North Campus to South Campus to 40 minutes.

Delhi metro officials on Monday said that the Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus section of the Pink Line will prove to be  a big boon for commuters, especially students, who till now have had to travel either by road from the North Campus or take the Airport Line metro till Dhaula Kuan and commute again by road. It will take barely 40 minutes to travel from the North campus to the South Campus.

The Majlis Park-Deshbandhu South campus will also reduce metro travel time between Dwarka sector 21 (Blue Line) and Rithala (Red Line) by over 16 minutes and Rajouri Garden and Azadpur by nearly 23 minutes.

Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications at the DMRC said, “From Vishwavidyalaya metro station to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station, it will take around 40 minutes, including time for interchange at Azadpur station.” Azadpur Station (on the Yellow Line) is one of the three interchange stations on the Pink Line stretch that opens on March 14, while the other two are Netaji Subhash Place (on Red Line) and Rajouri Garden ( on Blue Line).

The Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), which inspected the stretch from February 26-28, has given the clearance for the project. The Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshbandhu South Campus will be inaugurated on Wednesday at 4pm from the Metro Bhawan. Following which the passenger services on the stretch will begin from 6 pm onwards on Wednesday itself from both Majlis Park and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus stations simultaneously.

A senior DMRC official said that the travel time between these two stations will be 34 minutes. The Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshbandhu South campus section will consists of 12 stations. Each station will have platform screen doors similar to the ones installed at the Airport Express Line.

The section will have stations such as Majlis Park, Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place, Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden, Mayapuri, Naraina Vihar, Delhi Cantt and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus. Out of the 12 stations, eight are elevated and rest are underground. This Pink Line section is similar to the Magenta Line in terms of the broad-sized coaches from the new rolling stock.

Like the Magenta Line, the Pink Line too will run on the advanced Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology that will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds will also be pressed into service. However, for an initial period of two-three years, the trains will have drivers.

“Initially trains will be operated with a frequency of 3 minutes and 28 seconds between South Campus and Shakurpur stations during peak time and 4 minutes during off-peak hours. Between Shakurpur and Majlis Park stations it will ply with a frequency of 5 minutes and 12 seconds during peak time and 6 minutes during off-peak hours,” said the senior DMRC official. A total of 19 trains will be pressed into service for the entire section, it said. The new Netaji Subhash Place station, which is semi-underground, has been tastefully decorated with artworks on walls.

All the stations have been certified as 'Platinum' by the India Green Building Council, the DMRC said. “The metro train on this stretch will also cross Dhaula Kuan at a height of 23.6 m (as high as a seven-storey building) to reach South Campus from Majlis Park,” said the official.

The Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor, also known as the Pink Line, is part of the Phase-III project. Testing on the segment (Majlis Park South Campus), part of the Phase-III project of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, was also successfully completed recently. Starting last year, trial runs on its other stretches have also been conducted. The entire corridor will open by June 2018.



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