With less than two days to go before the Faridabad Metro extension is thrown open to the public, staff could be seen sprucing up the Sarai Metro station — one of the new stations on the line — by cleaning signboards and glass panes and decking it with lights. The fully elevated 14-km long stretch will now extend from Badarpur till Escorts Mujesar, connecting Southeast Delhi with Faridabad, Haryana.
Changes were already evident on the Violet line with signages inside Metro stations, such as Mandi House, reading “Towards Escorts Mujesar”, replacing the previous “Towards Badarpur”.
The new route will be thrown open at 4 pm on Sunday after it is inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the morning, said Anuj Dayal, Executive Director (Corporate Communications).
On Friday afternoon, a preview run was organised for mediapersons. Along with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, they travelled the entire 14 km-elevated stretch from Sarai Metro station to Escorts Mujesar and back.
Metro officials said the Violet Line will soon be extended to Ballabhgarh in Haryana and Kashmere Gate in Delhi, adding that trains will run at a frequency of six minutes and fares would range from Rs 8 to Rs 30.
Travelling from ITO Metro station to Escorts Mujesar will take nearly an hour, officials said. DMRC expects the daily average footfall to touch 1.9 lakh by the end of this year on the Delhi-Faridabad corridor.
Apart from the Mujesar terminal station, the upcoming stations are Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda and Bata Chowk.
The highlight of this phase is that all nine stations on the Badarpur-Faridabad stretch are partially run on solar energy, with each station roof installed with solar panels, said DMRC officials during the preview run. The energy generated will partially fulfill power requirements of the corridor such as lighting and elevator services.
Moreover, the Delhi Metro’s first ever “green” sub-station — complete with solar panels with a generation capacity of 50 KWp (kilowatt peak), rainwater harvesting systems and wetland sewage treatment plants — has been constructed in Sector 46, Faridabad, claimed officials.
The stations are also equipped with 25-ft high foot-over-bridges running across the Delhi-Agra Highway as well.
Officials said police posts at the new station are not on the cards for now. “We will have to approach Faridabad police for this,” said Dayal.