March 16, 2018

Delhi metro Pink Line inaugurated

Written by  Srinand Jha
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Delhi metro Pink Line inaugurated DMRC

DELHI’s metro network reached 252km on March 14, when the initial 21.6km section of the Pink Line from Majlis Park to Durgabhai Deshmukh South Campus was inaugurated in the presence of Delhi chief minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal and India’s housing and urban affairs minister Mr Hardeep Singh Puri.

The U-shaped Pink Line follows the city’s congested Ring Road and services will be extended from Durgabhai Deshmukh to Shiv Vihar in June, when the line will become the longest metro line in India, reaching 58.9km.

The Pink Line is the first line to link all existing lines on the Delhi metro network. The start of operations on this stretch will reduce the journey time between Dwarka Sector-21 (Blue Line) and Rithala (Red Line) by more than 16 minutes, while the Rajouri Garden - Azadpur trip will be shortened by nearly 23 minutes.

The Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station will become a major transport hub, with a connection to the existing Airport Express Line station at Dhaula Kuan, via a 920m footbridge, which is also scheduled for inauguration in June.

The initial section of the Pink Line includes eight elevated and four underground stations, five of which are interchanges with other metro lines. These include Azadpur (Yellow Line), Netaji Subhash Place (Red Line), Punjabi Bagh West (Green Line), Rajouri Garden (Blue Line) and South Campus (Airport Express Line).

DMRC says driverless operation will commence on the Pink Line within two years, enabling minimum headways of 90 seconds.

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