Pink line Delhi metro – Union Minister Hardeep Puri flagged off the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section of phase III of the Delhi Metro network on Monday. In news that was music to the lakhs of commuters in the capital, the metro line will also connect four major shopping destinations in the country. The metro services were opened to the public from 1pm on Monday.
Ever since its incorporation in New Delhi, the Delhi metro has expanded its network at a rapid rate, covering every locality in Delhi-NCR as of today. And it added another feather in its cap on Monday after inaugurating the Lajpat Nagar-South Campus line which will ply on the Pink line Delhi metro route. The stretch is part of the 59 km-long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor (Pink Line). All the six stations are platinum rated by Green Building Council of India, a highly commendable act by the DMRC. This new Line 7 sees the metro network in the city expanding to 296 Km through 214 stations.
The 8.1km Pink line Delhi metro route has six stations along its way; Sir Vishwesaraiya Moti Bagh is elevated whereas Bhikaji Kama Place, INA, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar are underground. It is set to be a corridor for shoppers around the city. Linking four major shopping centres, the metro will cater a heavy football daily, giving shoppers the ease of accessibility to hop from different shopping complexes around the city. The new line will also help ease traffic and parking problems for residents.
Puri, the Union minister of housing and urban affairs, said the inauguration of the newly-constructed eight-kilometre stretch was a huge moment of pride for the citizens of the country’s capital.
“The Phase-III has been completed in seven years, which is which is half the time it took for completion of Phase I and Phase II. The credit for this goes to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,”Puri Said.
Special thanks were also given to Japan and the Japan international Cooperation Agency for their help, expertise, technicians and cooperation in making the project possible.
The rest of the Pink Line delhi metro corridor is said to be fully operational by September of this year, an official said.