Delhi Metro opens new route, reaches Uttar Pradesh border

June 4th, 2008 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Tuesday opened a new 3.1 km line connecting the capital’s eastern Shahdara neighbourhood with Dilshad Garden near the Uttar Pradesh border - six months ahead of it’s scheduled date. The new line, the first of DMRC’s Phase-II, was inaugurated by Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.

“Keeping intact DMRC’s record of completing its projects ahead of schedule, the new line has been opened to the public six months before its target date,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

With the latest addition, Delhi Metro now has a 68-km network and ferries over 600,000 passengers everyday. Another 125 km is proposed to be added before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Dayal said the new line has three elevated stations at Mansarovar Park, Jhilmil and Dilshad Garden.

“It is expected to greatly benefit commuters from the neighbouring state, who earlier had to take buses from the border to various parts of Delhi,” he added.

For the benefit of commuters, DMRC will provide connectivity to the new stations with its GPS-enabled feeder buses, Dayal explained.

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