DM: Line 3 (Blue line) update
- METRO : LINE 3 TO RUN BETWEEN BARAKHAMBA AND DWARKA, OFFICIALS SAY IT
IS 90 PC COMPLETE, NUMBER OF PASSENGERS TO GO UP BY 5 TIMES
Metro likely to roll in West Delhi by December (IE)
New Delhi, August 25: DELHI is all set to get a new Metro line between
Barakhamba and Dwarka sub-city in three months.
Metro Line 3 is 90 per cent complete, and is likely to roll out by
December or even earlier, say Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
officials. Newsline outlines why the Line 3 is special:
The Delhi Metro will make inroads into west Delhi, right up to Dwarka.
The Metro will connect Dwarka, which has no proper public transport
system, to the rest of the city.
The first phase of the Line 3 will cover 32.1 kms and 22 stations. The
rest of the section 6.5 kms till Sector 14 in Dwarka will be opened
in March 2006, along with the section between Barakhamba and Dwarka
sub-city, as these were planned as extensions of the Line 3 later.
Increase in passengers
According to DMRCF officials, passengers commuting by Metro is likely
to go up by five times. The present ridership of around three lakh
passengers per day on both Line 1 Rithala to Shahdara and Line 2
Delhi University to Central Secretariat is expected to be 15 lakh
when the Line 3 begins operations.
The corridor from Barakhamba to Dwarka is expected to draw a lot of
passengers. This line will traverse through congested areas like Patel
Nagar, Shadipur, Rajinder Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri and
Janakpuri, said a senior DMRC official.
Metro in blue
While Line 1 is colour coded red and Line 2 is yellow, Line 3 will be
bright royal blue for the identification of the lines. Announcements in
stations and trains will guide passengers in case of any confusion with
regard to the colours.
Phase I draws to a close
With the commissioning of the Line 3, the Metro Phase I will draw to a
close. The Phase I had envisaged a Metro corridor up to Dwarka only,
extensions to Dwarka Sector 14 and Indraprastha were added later.
Therefore, December 2005 will be a marked month for the DMRC the day
that the Phase I of the network envisaged for almost a decade will be
DMRC officials say the Line 3 will mean the world to them and to all
Delhiites of course. With Phase I ready, the DMRC will start working on
Phase II that will bring the Metro Rail to South Delhi.
Line 3: Barakhamba to Dwarka
22 stations and will cover 29.3 kms (till December)
Biggest station at Rajouri Garden, measuring 11,481.14 sq m
Smallest station at Dwarka Mor covering 6,892.395 sq m
Toilets at all stations, except Barakhamba and Mandi House
Parking lots at Dwarka Mor, Nawada, Prem Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Janakpuri,
Subhash Nagar, Tagore Garden, Rajouri Garden, Ramesh Nagar, Moti Nagar,
Kirti Nagar, Shadi Pur, Patel Nagar and Rajendra Place.
At Panchkuian Road and Mandi House, the Line 3 corridor will emerge
from the underground section to rise to an elevated section.
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