New Delhi: Seeking to ensure smooth passage of commuters at new interchange stations of a recently-inaugurated corridor of the Magenta Line, the Delhi Metro has installed a total of 16 new automatic fare collection gates at the two facilities, officials said today.
Besides, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has also increased the frequency of trains running on a few lines and now all trains coming from the Vishwavidyalaya station are terminating at HUDA City Centre, a senior DMRC official said.
"Earlier some trains would terminate at Qutub Minar station. Thus, the frequency of trains between Qutab Minar and HUDA City Centre stations has also increased, from every 4 minutes and 11 seconds to 2 minutes and 47 seconds," Executive Director of DMRC's Corporate Communications, Anuj Dayal, said.
The 24.8 km Janakpuri-Kalakji Mandir section of the Magenta Line opened to the public on May 29. The line has 16 stations, 14 underground and two elevated, including one that caters to travelers moving in and out of the domestic terminal of the city airport (Terminal 1- IGI Airport station).
The five-level new Hauz Khas station (with Yellow Line) and Janakpuri West (Blue Line) station are the interchange facilities, and with the opening of the new corridor, more people are using the two stations.
"With a view to ensure smooth passage of commuters at the new interchange stations of Line-8 (Magenta Line), 10 extra automatic fare collection (AFC) gates have been installed at the new Hauz Khas station and six at Janakpuri West station," the senior DMRC official said.
"The total number of AFC gates at these new stations have increased from 12 to 22 at Hauz Khas , and from six to 12 at Janakpuri West metro stations. In addition, the old Hauz Khas metro station (on Yellow Line) already has seven AFC gates and Janakpuri West Station ( on Blue Line) 13 AFC gates respectively," he said.
Also, three more trains have been added to the Red Line (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) and the Blue Line (Dwarka Sec-21-Noida City Centre) each, increasing the total number of trains to 29 and 64 respectively, DMRC said.
"Similarly, on Yellow Line (Samyapur Badli-HUDA City Centre), the total number of trains have been increased to 55 from 54.
"The frequency of trains on the Red Line has increased from 3 minutes and 20 seconds to 3 minutes and 6 seconds. On the Blue line, there has been an increase from 2 minutes and 46 seconds to 2 minutes and 40 seconds," the Delhi Metro said.
The increase in the number of trains has also resulted in an increase in the total train trips on these lines. Red Line has seen an addition of 25 trips, and 43 have been added on the the Blue Line.
The total train trips have increased from 3,650 to 3,735 across network, including the fully operational Magenta Line.
The entire Magenta Line (37.4km) runs from Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West stations. The 12.6 km Botanical Garden-Kalakaji Mandir corridor was inaugurated on December 25 last year.
The new Hauz Khas station on the new corridor of the Magenta Line is the deepest metro station in the entire network and an engineering landmark since its tunnel goes beneath that of the existing station on the Yellow Line.