The over 20 km stretch of the Delhi Metro pink line which connects north campus of the Delhi University to south campus will be in operation from tomorrow.
“The two DU campuses are now connected to each other on the Delhi Metro network for the first time. It will help in cutting travel time for commuters, but benefit the students particularly, who had to travel mostly by road till now,” says a senior official of DMRC.
“Passenger services on the stretch will begin from 6 pm onwards on the same day from both Majlis Park and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus stations simultaneously,” he added.
The metro line covers about 22 km from Majlis Park to Durgabai Deshmukh. The South Campus Metro corridor is to be officially flagged off by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (independent charge) Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 14 March at 4 pm from the Metro Bhawan.
The operating section will have 12 metro stations-Majlis Park, Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place, Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden, Mayapuri, Naraina Vihar, Delhi Cantt and Durgabai Desh Mukh South Campus.
Out of the 12 stations, eight are elevated, while the rest underground.
Big Relief for DU Students
North Campus students already have a metro station, ‘Vishwadyalaya’ on the yellow line that connects Samaypur Badli from Huda City Centre, Gurgaon.
Now that the north campus and south campus will be connected via the metro for the first time, it will take around 40 minutes from Vishwavidyalaya metro station to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station, including time for an interchange at Azadpur station, says Executive Director, Corporate Communications at the DMRC, Anuj Dayal.
Azadpur Station (Yellow line) is one of the three interchange stations on the Pink Line stretch that opens tomorrow, the other being, Netaji Subhash Place (Red Line) and Rajouri Garden (Blue Line).
The Ring road traffic is supposed to lower down levels and the connectivity that would now be available will save a lot of time for commuters.
It’s a big benefit for students who traveled either by road from the North Campus or took the Airport Line Metro till Dhaula Kuan and find their way again via roads.
The metro on the pink line uses Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling technology which is already operative on the Magenta line, from Botanical to Kalkaji Mandir. This is the second big corridor for the DMRC after the Magenta line.
The 21.56 km-long corridor, will also reduce the travel time between Dwarka Sector-21 (Blue Line) and Rithala (Red Line) by almost 16 minutes; and Rajouri Garden and Azadpur by nearly 23 minutes, the DMRC said.
It will also have the first ever travelator (moving walkaway).
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