Third section of Pink Line of the Delhi Metro was opened to public on Wednesday, bringing many hitherto unconnected east Delhi areas under the metro network. The new section connects Trilokpuri to Shiv Vihar and was formally inaugurated by Union Minister Hardeep Puri and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia from the Metro Bhawan.
The 18-km stretch has 15 elevated stations, including three where commuters can change trains for other metro lines. These three stations are Karkardooma and Anand Vihar (Blue Line), and Welcome (Red Line).
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The stations on the section are Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake, East Vinod Nagar (Mayur Vihar-II), West Vinod Nagar (Mandawali), I.P. Extension, Anand Vihar ISBT, Karkardooma, Karkardooma Court, Krishna Nagar, East Azad Nagar, Welcome, Jaffrabad, Maujpur (Babarpur), Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar.
"The journey that started in 2002 today (Wednesday) crossed the 300 kilometre-mark to reach 314 kilometres. The metro project in Delhi is a global success," Puri said at the inaugural.
"We see the wonders of civil engineering in the Delhi Metro. In a city like Delhi, it's a wonder how the metro has expanded through areas such as Chandni Chowk," said Sisodia, as he lauded the Delhi Metro's success over the years, especially in boring through congested areas to giving those better connectivity.
The Karkardooma station lying on this section is located at a height of 21 metres above the ground, and is the second highest metro station on the entire network after Dhaula Kuan, also on the same line but on a different stretch.
The 59-km Pink Line, when complete, will encircle most part of the busy Ring Road, connecting Majlis Park in north Delhi to Shiv Vihar in east and will be the longest on the entire Delhi Metro network.
Two sections of the line, connecting Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, were opened for the public earlier during the year.
Section connecting Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 remains to be opened on this line, which the DMRC has said will be opened by December.