A week after the Central Secretariat-Mandi House section of the Violet Line was opened, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said the average daily footfall at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat Metro stations has gone down by nearly 1.5 lakh.
According to the DMRC, the average footfall at Rajiv Chowk Metro station, which acts as an interchange point between Blue Line (Dwarka to Noida/Vaishali) and Yellow Line (Gurgaon to Jahangirpuri) used to be around 5 lakh until last Friday. However, after the new section opened, the Mandi House station, which acts as the interchange point between Blue Line and Violet Line (Badarpur-Central Secretariat), has taken a major chunk of commuters away from Rajiv Chowk station.
“In the past one week, Rajiv Chowk has experienced a daily footfall of 4 lakh. This is what we had intended when the new section was conceptualised. Now, all commuters travelling between West, Southwest Delhi and Southeast Delhi do not need to go to Rajiv Chowk and then take the Violet Line from Central Secretariat. They can directly go to Mandi House to get on to the Violet Line. It not only saves commuters’ time but has also helped in decongesting the Rajiv Chowk station,” a senior DMRC spokesperson told Newsline.
The section has also helped decongest the Central Secretariat station, which saw average daily footfall of 2 lakh before. Now, it has come down to 1.60 lakh, as most commuters no longer need to use that inter-change for the Violet Line. “So, at Rajiv Chowk, the commuter load has decreased by 1 lakh and at Central Secretariat by 40,000,” the spokesperson said.
Another reason for the lower footfall at the two stations, DMRC officials said, was the opening of the Janpath Metro station.
“The area in and around Connaught Place has six Metro stations now — Rajiv Chowk, Janpath, Barak-hamba Road, Mandi House, Central Secretariat and Patel Chowk. Commuters can choose the one closest to their destination. It helps divide the load of commuters travelling through each station,” the spokesperson added.
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Once complete by 2016, the new section will extend up to Kashmere Gate on one end, passing through a ‘Heritage Corridor’ and till Faridabad on the other end, passing via various important areas of the satellite city.