Delhi Metro's Anand Vihar line opens tomorrow
The new Anand Vihar Metro line got the mandatory approval from the Commissioner for Metro Safety (CMRS) and will be flagged off by Union urban development minister Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday. With the opening of the new stretch, the existing line 3 (Dwarka sector 9 to Noida city centre) will fork after the Yamuna Bank station, with one going to Noida and the other to Anand Vihar. The Metro station at Yamuna Bank will become an important interchange for the two lines and two more platforms are being added to accommodate one more line. To reduce crowding on trains, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is adding four more trains to line 3 and the peak hour frequency will be reduced to 3 mins 45 seconds. The 6.25-km-long line will run fully elevated along the busy Vikas Marg with six stops on the way. By 2012, over one lakh commuters are expected to use the Metro line, which is almost double the projections made for the Noida stretch. Those wishing to change from one line to another can do so at the Yamuna Bank. The station will have two island platforms — which have tracks on both sides of the platform — on the same level . The platform in the centre will cater to trains headed out of the city, to Noida City Centre and Anand Vihar (platform 1 and 3). So those wishing to change lines will just need to step out from the train and walk over to the other side of the platform to board another train. Every alternate train from Dwarka will run to Noida and Anand Vihar. While platforms 2 and 4 will have trains running towards Dwarka from Noida and Anand Vihar respectively, commuters wanting to go towards Dwarka can catch a train from either side of the island platform. With four more trains being added to the line, DMRC is planning to achieve a frequency of 3 minutes 45 seconds from 8 am to 12.30 pm and then 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm between Dwarka and Yamuna Bank.