Lajpat Nagar – Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 Metro section of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line was flagged off on Dec 31 for passenger operations by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs and Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi in the presence of Japan’s Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu and Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra.
This is the 7th section of the Delhi Metro to be opened for passenger operations in 2018, a year in which, Delhi Metro has opened 96 kms of new sections. Along with many localities of Delhi, the Metro also reached parts of Bahadurgarh and Ballabhgarh in Haryana.
Appreciating the Delhi Metro for its stupendous achievement, Puri said, “96 kilometres of new lines have been made operational this year. Now both Ring Road and Outer Ring Road are connected by the Metro which will have a major positive and beneficial impact in so far as traffic decongestion is concerned”.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia also congratulated DMRC on the opening of the section and said, “Delhi is an unplanned city and to plan and implement a Metro system in such a city has not been an easy task at all. I must congratulate all engineers of the Delhi Metro who have executed the project.”
Japan’s Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu said: “Japan’s consistent involvement in the Delhi Metro project emphatically denotes the mutually complementary and friendly relationship existing between our two countries. Japan is also supporting other Metro projects based on our successful experience in Delhi Metro.”
In his address, DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh said, “This section opening will be the 7th inauguration this year for Delhi Metro. I would like to thank the Delhi Metro staff for making the opening of Lajpat Nagar to Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 section possible this year” With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network has now become 327 kilometres long with 236 stations.