Come 2010 and South Delhi residents can expect some relief from the usual traffic jams. Two Delhi Metro lines,Central Secretariat to Badarpur and Central Secretariat to Gurgaon,scheduled to begin operations by mid-next year,will cut across South Delhi and connect this part of the city in an extensive manner.
With stations at Hauz Khas,AIIMS,INA,Saket,Lajpat Nagar,Moolchand,Khan Market,and Chhattarpur among others,Delhi Metro officials expect to see a cross-section of people commuting on these lines.
The Metro station at Hauz Khas,connecting IIT Delhi and Gurgaon,will make it easier for students from NCR to commute to Delhi,while stations at Saket,Khan Market,Lajpat Nagar,INA Colony and Green Park are expected to draw shoppers in large numbers. The Saket and INA stations will be within a walking distance from PVR Saket and Dilli Haat,respectively.
The Chhattarpur station will be located very close to the famous temple complex. Devotees,who earlier had to take buses or other modes of transport,can now easily switch to the Metro for quicker and more convenient travel, a Delhi Metro official said. Even the AIIMS station will be right next to the institute.
Work on the Metro line from Central Secretariat to Badarpur is 40 per cent complete and is slated to open in September next year. The other line,Central Secretariat to Gurgaon,will have two sections: one from Central Secretariat to Qutub Minar and the other from Qutub Minar to Gurgaon.
The 14.47 km-stretch from Qutub Minar to Gurgaon is slated for an earlier opening in January 2010,with nearly 70 per cent work complete. The rest of the line,a 12.53 km-stretch,will open in June, Anuj Dayal,DMRC spokesperson,said.
Stations on route
* Central Secretariat to Badarpur
Central Secretariat (Rafi Marg),Khan Market,Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,Jangpura,Lajpat Nagar,Moolchand,East of Kailash,Nehru Place,Kalkaji Mandir,Govindpuri,Okhla,Jasola,Sarita Vihar,Mohan Industrial Estate,Tuglaqabad,Badarpur Border.
Commuters expected by 2011 3,60,122
* Central Secretariat to Qutub Minar
Udyog Bhawan,Race Course,INA,Jorbagh,AIIMS,Green Park,Hauz Khas,Malviya Nagar,Saket and Qutub Minar,Chattarpur,Sultanpur,Ghitorni,Arjangarh.
Commuters expected by 2011 1.8 lakh
* Qutub Minar to Gurgaon
Garden Estate,Sikandarpur,MG Road,IIFCO Chowk,HUDA City Centre and a sub station at Sushant Lok.
Commuters expected by 2011 1.6 lakh