In some good news for commuters travelling from Noida to Gurgaon or vice versa, Delhi Metro is planning to reduce the travel time by 40 minutes from the current 90. According to the Indian Express, the step will also possibly take pressure off the heavily-burdened Rajiv Chowk station, which is the most crowded interchange station in the capital. Passengers may then have to change from Haus Khas metro station for which the project has entered the last stage. The report further said that with Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre-Samaypur Badli) already crossing Hauz Khas station, it will become a pit-stop for the upcoming Magenta Line. The ridership on the Yellow Line was 2,70,53,776 until June 2017.
“Currently, a Metro journey from HUDA City Centre to Noida’s Botanical Garden takes about 90 minutes, with an interchange at Rajiv Chowk. With the interchange station at Hauz Khas, the travel time will be about 50 minutes,” Anuj Dayal, executive director, corporate communications, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), was quoted as saying by the paper. The line is likely to be operational between October 2017 and March 2018 in phases.
The Rajiv Chowk Metro station, which became operational in 2005, sees footfall of around 5 lakh people on a daily basis. Even as the interchange station in the heart of the national capital made Delhi more accessible, the station had bear the burden of commuters who need to switch lines. Once completed, the Hauz Khas project is expected to change that.
“The DMRC follows a radial pattern, which is also how the city is planned. Having interchange stations helps commuters, ” said Ravi Gadepalli, an expert on sustainable passenger and freight transport systems told the paper.
Currently, there are nine interchange stations in Delhi Metro, which are Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat, Inderlok, Ashok Park Main, Yamuna Bank, Dwarka Sector 21, New Delhi and Kirti Nagar. After phase III, comprising the Magenta and Pink lines, becomes operational by March 2018, the number of interchange stations will grow to 23, with Hauz Khas being the most vital, Indian Express reported.