The Delhi Metro’s Anand Vihar line, close to Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, was inaugrated by the state Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the country’s Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday.
The 6.25-km line between Anand Vihar and Yamuna Bank station in East Delhi will be open to the public from Thursday. This is the fourth line of the Metro network and has five stations—Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Karkardooma and Anand Vihar. The last two will have parking facilities.
Two more stations—Kaushambi and Vaishali—in Uttar Pradesh will be added by September this year, before the 2010 Commonwealth Games start. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has also constructed two foot over-bridges—one each at Laxmi Nagar and Nirman Vihar stations—to provide commuters safe access to the stations.
It has also proposed property development at the Karkarduma and Anand Vihar stations.
“We are expecting a ridership of 60,000 on this line and it will be very beneficial for east Delhi residents,” DMRC Chief E Sreedharan said.
It will now be a seamless travel from Anand Vihar to Dwarka as the Anand Vihar-Yamuna Bank line would join the Yamuna Bank-Dwarka line. Talking about new Metro trains required to tackle congestion, Sreedharan said, “We have ordered 83 new trains, of which 16 have already arrived. The new trains will be of both four and six coaches. Initially, trains with four coaches would arrive.”
Metro authorities said they will allot three to four trains to the route. Delhi Metro, which began services on a small scale in December 2002, now ferries nearly 900,000 commuters a day. With the new line, the Delhi Metro now runs in a network of 96 km and has 83 stations.