According to the DMRC, once Phase-III became operational, the number of interchange stations on the Delhi Metro network will go up to 23 from the existing nine, bringing down the travel time between several places. The distance travelled by passengers on the Metro network will come down by as much as 15 km in some cases, the DMRC said.
The Delhi Metro network currently has nine interchange stations: Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Inderlok, Kashmere Gate, Yamuna Bank, Kirti Nagar, Ashok Park Main, Dwarka Sector 21 and New Delhi. After Phase-III becomes fully operational by 2016, there will be 14 more interchange hubs across the city, Anuj Dayal, the chief public relation officer of DMRC, said.
The new interchange stations will be Azadpur, Netaji Subhash Place, INA, Rajouri Garden, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Lajpat Nagar, Anand Vihar, Karkardooma and Welcome on Line 7; Hauz Khas, Kalkaji Mandir, Botanical Garden and Janakpuri West on Line 8; and Mandi House on Line 6 extension.
There will be a huge reduction in distances people travel between various Metro stations. For example, the distance between Kalkaji on the Violet Line and Botanical Garden on the Blue Line will come down from almost 28 km to 12 km; distances between Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line and Botanical Garden and Janakpuri West on the Blue Line will come down by 8 km and 9 km respectively, Dayal said.
Similarly, the distance between Lajpat Nagar on the Violet Line and Mayur Vihar Phase-I on the Blue Line will come down by 8 km.
Also, someone travelling between Dhaula Kuan, currently on the Airport Line, and INA on the Yellow Line or Rajouri Garden on the Blue Line will travel almost 12 km less, he said.
According to the DMRC, the passenger load at four of the 14 new interchange hubs is expected to be more than one lakh the passenger load is expected to be 1.69 lakh at Hauz Khas; 1.57 lakh at Rajouri Garden; 1.3 lakh at INA; and 1.14 lakh at Mayur Vihar Phase-I.
Phase-III of the Delhi Metro includes Line 7 connecting Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar, Line 8 connecting Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden and Line 6 extension connecting Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate. With the completion of Phase-III, daily ridership is expected to jump to almost 40 lakh people from the current 22 lakh.
- Siddhartha Gupta