Jan 17, 2010
40000 Footfalls at Anand Vihar Metro on Day 1
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It was a moment of fulfilment for thousands of people of East Delhi area when the first metro train left Anand Vihar station this morning as the Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar corridor was thrown open to public.

Ending the year-long wait of the people, metro train in the line started its operations today for the public, paving the way for smooth transport for thousands of residents of East Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

The first train from Anand Vihar started at 6 am and reached Dwarka Sec-9 at 7:16 am. Similarly, first train from Dwarka reached Anand Vihar at 7:05 am, the DMRC said.

Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit yesterday flagged off the first train at the Yamuna Bank station.

The 6.25 km fully-elevated line passes through residential and institutional areas of East Delhi and passengers can hope to reach Anand Vihar from Yamuna Bank in just about 11 minutes, as compared to 40 minutes by road.

Till 4 pm, the five stations of this corridor grossed over Rs 6.5 lakh from sale of tokens and smart cards and registering a footfall of around 40,000. Anand Vihar and Laxmi Nagar were the busiest stations with footfall of over 13,000 and 11,500 respectively, the DMRC said.

All five stations of the Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar corridor have three functional lifts, which connect ground level to concourse level and from concourse level to both the platforms, the DMRC said.

Similarly, two escalators at each station were functional connecting ground to concourse and concourse to the platform level.

All stations have functional public convenience facilities and were equipped with baggage scanners and metal detectors for security checking of passengers.

Parking arrangements have been made at Anand Vihar and Karkardooma Metro stations.

DMRC estimates that the daily traffic on this line in 2011 will be 1,03,450 people.

The Anand Vihar Metro station has been planned as a major integrating terminal that will bring together three modes of public transport, namely the Metro, the Indian Railways and the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT).

Though DMRC projects that over one lakh more people will start travelling by this line in the modern transport system by 2011, it is expected to be much higher with Noida line being an example.

Filed At: Jan 07, 2010 22:43 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 07, 2010 22:43 IST
FILED IN: Delhi ,  DMRC ,  Delhi Metro
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