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Nearly 3Lakh people use Magenta Line on Day 1

Published : May 31, 2018, 5:35 am IST
Updated : May 31, 2018, 5:35 am IST

The section has also reduced the travel time between Noida and Gurgaon by at least 30 minutes.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
 Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

New Delhi: The newly-opened Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden corridor of the Delhi Metro was used by over two lakh passengers on the first day of its opening on Tuesday.

The 24.82-km Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch of the corridor was on Monday inaugurated by Union minister for housing and urban affairs (Independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at Nehru Enclave Metro station.

“Utilisation of Magenta Line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden ) after its extension from Kalkaji Mandir to Janakpuri West on May 29 was done by 2,87,413 passengers,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The utilisation of the stretch from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta line was 81,880 on May 28. This was before the opening of the new stretch, which now takes the corridor till Janakpuri West station.

With the opening of this new section, the domestic terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport has been put on the Delhi Metro’s map.

The section has also reduced the travel time between Noida and Gurgaon by at least 30 minutes.

A total of 45, 35, 932 passengers used the Delhi Metro’s entire network on May 29. The Delhi Metro records an average daily ridership of over 29 lakh passengers, which is set soar further with the entire Magenta Line getting operational. This section is also the longest stretch to have been opened so far in the DMRC’s Phase-III project.

With the opening of this section, the total operational span of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) network has reached to 277 km, the officials said. Passenger services on the segment, which has 16 stations — 14 underground, two elevated – began at 6 am on Tuesday from Kalkaji Mandir and Janakpuri West stations simultaneously.

At 29 metres, the five-level new Hauz Khas station is the deepest metro station in the entire network and an engineering landmark as its tunnel goes beneath that of the existing station on Yellow Line. Hauz Khas (with Yellow Line) and Janakpuri West (with Blue Line) stations are the interchange facilities on this corridor, besides the existing Kalkaji Mandir station (with Violet Line).

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