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Dilshad Garden-Ghaziabad New Bus Adda metro is ready to roll

PW Bureau

The new metro corridor is 9.63-km-long and consists of eight metro stations that extend the Red Line from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda. After the opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 kms in length

New Delhi: With the Delhi Metro extending another line to Ghaziabad, from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda, travelling to the satellite city on the outskirts of the national capital is set to get smoother, easier and less time-consuming. While addressing a press briefing, Anuj Goyal, an executive director with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said, that the metro corridor has been inspected by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) but the date of inauguration has not been announced yet. The date is expected to be announced by the Ghaziabad Development Authority in a few days.

The new metro corridor is 9.63-km-long and consists of eight metro stations that extend the Red Line from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda. After the opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 kms in length. According to DMRC, it will take around 16 minutes to reach from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda and nearly 57 minutes from Rithala to New Bus Adda.

Here’s a list of 10 things that you must know about this new corridor:

1) The metro line is entirely elevated and covers stations like Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River and New Bus Adda.

2) Six stations — Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala and New Bus Adda metro stations — have buildings on both sides of the road, inter-connecting at the concourse level as well as the platforms through FOBs (Foot Over-bridges).

3) All the metro stations on this line have four levels — ground, concourse, platform and roof. The Hindon River station is the only station that has five levels, including a ground level for parking.

4) The stations have FOBs at concourse level at all metro stations, except for Hindon River.

5) All the metro stations have been built keeping in mind the Indian Green Building Certification (IGBC) norms and have ventilation and natural light at all staircases and platforms.

6) All the metro stations have been constructed in a manner that they can be easily accessed by those who are physically challenged. They have at least 2 TOM counters with 1 counter situated at a lower height for the convenience of divyang passengers.

7) People who do not wish to use the metro but want to use the FOB to cross the road can access the unpaid part of the FOB from the station building and reach the other side of the road.

8) The non – stop traffic on GT Road was a major challenge while constructing this section, the DMRC said. The Delhi Metro carried out most of the construction activities and launching operations during the night for 4 to 5 hours.

9) This would be the second Metro Line in Ghaziabad after Vaishali and the first Metro link connecting the interiors of Ghaziabad. This corridor will pass through the Sahibabad Industrial Area and will significantly impact the residential areas lying in proximity.

10) At all stations (except Hindon River) FOB at concourse level comprises of paid and unpaid sections for the use of Metro commuters and general public respectively.