As the first Metro train chugged out of the Yamuna Bank station at 6 am on Sunday,East Delhi got a new mode of transport that may change the travel habits of thousands of people. The 2.1-km stretch on Line 3 will be a crucial link for the upcoming corridor to Noida Anand Vihar and Noida lines will diverge from this station.
With the model code of conduct still in force,there was no formal inauguration of the stretch that is expected to reduce the traffic load off the busy Nizamuddin and ITO bridges.
This section was earlier scheduled to open along with the Noida corridor in October 2009. The stretch leading to Noida City Centre in Sector 32 will be ready by August, E Sreedharan,Managing Director,DMRC announced on Sunday as he inspected the Yamuna Bank station.
The Noida corridor will be the first section to venture into the NCR. Work is complete on almost 85 per cent of the section. The entire line will be commissioned in one go, said Sreedharan.
The DMRC is operating 30 trains on the 2.1-km line,with a peak-hour frequency of 3.30 minutes. The travelling time from Dwarka (Sector 9) to Yamuna Bank will be 61.5 minutes.
A parking lot that can accommodate up to 400 cars has come up at the station,while two feeder bus services became operational from Yamuna Bank on Sunday.
Yamuna Bank: Protest marks Day 1
Environmentalists staged a protest at the Yamuna Bank station on Sunday. United under the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan,the activists alleged that the DMRC had been flouting environmental rules by concretising 50 hectares of the Yamuna floodplain. The group claimed that the DMRC had permission to construct only the track alignment,a station and a yard. No permission was given for a depot and a residential colony. In reply to our application under the RTI Act,the Delhi Jal Board and the Central Ground Water Authority had said they were not supplying water to the DMRC at this location. How is DMRC getting water here? Manoj Mishra,convenor of the group,asked. DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan,however,said: The Central Water and Power Research Station,Pune,conducted a study and the Yamuna Standing Committee gave clearance,on the condition that DMRCs work will not obstruct the flow of the river. To ensure this,we have constructed a 600-metre long and 3.5-metre high guide bund. The water way has been provided 600 metre towards the left. In addition,2,500 trees have been planted and 295 transplanted in the depot area,while 1,000 more trees are being planted,according to the DMRC.