January 1, 2010 2:58:58 am
The Delhi Metro is all set to reach a milestone with the completion of Phase II,following which most parts of the Capital will feature on the metro map.
In addition,new coaches and for the first time six-coach trains will redefine metro travel.
With six new lines to open before the Commonwealth Games begin in October the target deadline for completion of Phase II the metro network will expand almost two-fold.
While Phase I covered 65 km across the city,with the completion of Phase II,the metro network will cover around 180 km.
Areas like South,East and West Delhi,so far untouched by the mass rapid transit system,will be covered extensively,with several stations coming up at important commercial,cultural and tourist hubs.
Slated for commissioning in early January,Anand Vihar will be the first metro line to come up in 2010. It will link East Delhi to the rest of the city and is expected to address traffic congestion in the trans-Yamuna area.
In the following months,the line will stretch into Vaishali and Kaushambi,taking the tracks to the city limits.
In the following months,two lines,one chugging into Gurgaon and the other a first on standard gauge Kirti Nagar/
Inderlok/Mundka,will run through South and West Delhi respectively.
The Central Secretariat to Gurgaon line,slated for commissioning in June,will be the much awaited corridor running through important cultural and commercial hubs like INA,Green Park,Qutab Minar and cut through the malls of Gurgaon. Similar is the case of the Badarpur corridor,which will link Lajpat Nagar,Khan Market and Nehru Place.
The biggest attraction,however,will be the hi-tech Airport Metro Express Link that will make it possible to reach the Indira Gandhi International Airport in 18 minutes flat from the New Delhi metro station.
Set for a target deadline of September,this quick link is expected to redefine metro travel with features like city airport terminals,where commuters can check-in directly.
By mid-year,the DMRC plans to introduce six coach trains in a bid to ease the heavy passenger load. Several new trains will also start plying on all routes.
Phase II deadlines
Yamuna Bank to Anand Vihar (6.16 km): January 2010
Qutab Minar to Gurgaon
(14.92 km): February 2010 (tentative)
Inderlok to Kirtinagar to Mundka
(18.47 km): February 2010 (tentative)
Central Secretariat to Qutab Minar
(10.87 km): June 2010
Airport Express Link New Delhi Station to Airport
(19.56 km): August 2010
Dwarka Sector 9 to Dwarka Sector
21(2.76 km): September 2010
Airport Express Link Airport to Dwarka Sector 9
(3.13 km): September 2010
Central Secretariat to Badarpur
(20.01 km): September 2010
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