Delhi Metro's Pink Line inaugurated, North, South campus students relieved
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Hardeep S Puri inaugurated a section of the Pink Line of Delhi metro remotely today. This brought much relief for commuters, especially students who had to travel by road to North Campus or take a metro till Dhaula Kuan and again hit the road. The inaugural train left from Majlis Park Station towards South Campus around 5PM.
The new 21.5-km circular metro corridor will connect South and North West Delhi, making it easier for airport-bound people traveling from West Delhi. The line also connects north and south campuses of Delhi University. There are 12 stations in this route including Majlis Park, Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden, Delhi Cantt and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus.
The section of Majlis Park till Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus is part of a 58.9-km "ring corridor", which when completed in June 2018 will be the country's longest metro line. Once the full section opens, the travel time between Dwarka 21 (Blue Line) and Rithala (Red Line) will be slashed by over 16 minutes. Among the 12 stations, eight are elevated and rest underground.
Currently, Delhi has the 12th largest metro network globally. China has five out of the top 10. By 2018 end, Delhi will shoot up to be the 8th largest in the world, as it is likely to add close to 100-km of metro lines.