Delhi Metro Corporation confirms stretch to be opened by mid- April.
The Delhi Metro’s underground construction in its third phase of expansion cannot be considered anything short of a revolution. The 10.16km-stretch between Kalkaji Mandir and Vasant Vihar, likely to be opened for public by mid-April will be the longest underground stretch in Phase 3 and the third longest stretch in the entire metro network (Phase 1, 2, and 3). A section of the Line (Kalkaji-Botanical Garden) was opened in December last year. The entire section of the Magenta Line (25.6km line) has 10 stations and closely follows GTB Nagar-Saket section of Phase 2 (13.43kms) and Central Secretariat-Vishwavidyalaya section of Phase 1 (11kms).
Sources from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has confirmed that the work has been completed and the DMRC is awaiting safety clearances from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). Talking about the challenges that came up in constructing this longest stretch, a metro spokesperson said that the the tunnel passes below the already operational metro tunnel of the Yellow Line at Hauz Khas, which witnesses lakhs of vehicles daily. It also passes through several densely populated residential and commercial hubs, which was also an obstacle they had to overcome.
This milestone expansion becoming operational soon will improve connectivity significantly even in several residential areas of Delhi such as RK Puram, Munirka, and Vasant Vihar, which was earlier devoid of metro connectivity. The coming of the entire line will make travel easier between west and south Delhi and will reduce travel time to Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. People would commute easily from one place to another without worrying about the traffic snarl-ups.
Delhi Metro has become an icon of Delhi, as millions of daily commuters use the services of DMRC to commute for work, to colleges, to visit places in Delhi, and for various other traveling purposes. Delhi Metro with its onset ten years ago changed Delhi forever. Availed by over two million people, the Delhi Metro today is a way of life for Delhites. In fact, it was the Delhi Metro that integrated Delhi with NCR cities – Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon, dissolving state borders. By 2021, Delhi Metro promises to be within 500-metre radius of every residential colony in the Capital. By then, it would surpass the London Tube to become the second largest Metro system of the world, after Tokyo.