Delhi: ‘Missing link’ on metro map soon | Delhi News

Delhi: ‘Missing link’ on metro map soon | Delhi News, the vie

NEW DELHI: Two important stretches of the Delhi Metro — the extension of the Grey Line (Dwarka-Najafgarh) to Dhansa Bus Stand and opening of the ‘missing link’ between Trilokpuri and Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 stations of the Pink Line (Shiv Vihar-Majlis Park) — will open this Friday.
The sections would be inaugurated by the Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on August 6 via video conferencing, said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Both the sections have recently received the mandatory approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety.
“While the inaugural function will be held online in the morning, passenger services will commence on the same day at 3pm on both the sections,” Dayal said. With the opening of this extension, the Metro network will become 390-kilometres long with 286 Metro stations.
The almost 1-kilometre-long (891 metres) Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh, Dayal added. The Dwarka-Najafgarh section of the 5.4 km long Grey Line opened in 2019 with three stations — Dwarka, Nangli and Najafgarh.
The ‘missing link’ of Delhi Metro’s longest corridor Pink Line at Trilokpuri lead to the Line functioning as two separate corridors for two and half years after the Line first opened. DMRC finally managed to bridge the gap between Trilokpuri and Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 metro stations in June.
The 58.6-km-long Pink Line is one of the most ambitious corridors built by DMRC and is also known as the ‘ring corridor’ as it functions as an arc, connecting all the existing corridors of metro. However, the issue of unavailability of land at Trilokpuri had meant that DMRC couldn’t construct a crucial stretch. As a result, while one section of the corridor operates from Majlis Park to Mayur Vihar Pocket 1, with trains reversing back from Mayur Vihar Pocket 1, trains coming from Shiv Vihar return back from Trilokpuri station.
On Friday, this section will connect the two ends of Pink Line and will provide seamless connectivity to a long range of localities and connect important transport hubs, such as Nizamuddin Railway Station, Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, Anand Vihar ISBT and Railway Station, Delhi Cantt. Railway Station and prominent markets like Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and INA.

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