The 17.86-km-long Shiv Vihar–Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section of the 59-km-long Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar corridor (Line 7) of Phase 3, also known as the Pink Line is now ready for passenger operations. It was inaugurated here today by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia. Transport Minister of Delhi, Kailash Gahlot, Member of Parliament Manoj Tiwari, Secretary MoHUA, Durga Shankar Mishra, MD of DMRC, Mangu Singh and senior officials were present also on the occasion.
This stretch will be a major boon for the eastern and northern fringes of the national capital. Three interchange facilities at Welcome (With Red Line), Karkarduma and Anand Vihar ISBT (with Blue Line) will tremendously boost the connectivity of areas such as Shiv Vihar, Gokul Puri, Maujpur, Jaffrabad etc. In the future, this stretch will get connected with the presently operational Majlis Park – Lajpat Nagar section of Pink Line. The residents of the neighbouring Ghaziabad areas of Uttar Pradesh will also get immensely benefited.The Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar Corridor is crossing the existing Vaishali- Dwarka elevated line 21 metres above the ground and is 10 metres above the existing Metro line.
With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network has now become 314 kilometres long with 229 Metro stations. All the major corridors under Delhi Metro’s Phase 3 are expected to be opened for passengers by the end of the year.
Addressing the gathering, Hardeep Puri said that with this expansion, the Delhi Metro has become member of an elite club of large metros which have such a mammoth network of over 300 km long route and added that in coming months it will also breach the 350 kilometre mark and more and more people of the entire National Capital Region will be benefitted. He said, Delhi Metro is indeed scripting history as it has added 80 kilometres of new sections in the year 2018. The Minister appreciated Delhi government’s assurance for clearing the hurdles for commencement of Delhi Metro Phase-IV project of 103.93 km length. He said, clean and green public transport system is essential to combat air-pollution, decongest the city and providing a dependable mobility platform to people. He said, in the coming months also, a lot of expansion is going to happen in the NCR cities as new sections will open in NOIDA, Greater NOIDA, Ghaziabad and Ballabhgarh.
DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh, in his welcome address, said that the Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake – Shiv Vihar Metro corridor was going to be the first ever Metro section of Phase 3 in the eastern part of the city. He also informed that the Delhi Metro was nearing completion of work on all the other major corridors and those sections would be opened in the coming months.
Other Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) projects being planned include the 82.15 km. Delhi to Meerut corridor; Delhi- Panipat (111 km) and Delhi- Alwar (180 km).