The Shiv Vihar to Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section of the Delhi Metro Pink Line was flagged off by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday. With the opening of this section, Delhi Metro has joined the league of top metro networks around the world which have an operational length of over 300 km like those in London, Beijing, Shanghai and New York. Now, Delhi Metro will be running 4,749 trips a day, the "highest ever" so far, a metro official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted that Delhi Metro Pink Line connects all areas of East Delhi.
The Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section of the Pink Line is now open! It will connect entire east Delhi areas... pic.twitter.com/M41V1dwTqD— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 31, 2018
The elevated Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section has 15 stations: Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake, East Vinod Nagar (Mayur Vihar-II), West Vinod Nagar (Mandawali), IP Extension, Anand Vihar ISBT, Karkardooma, Karkardooma Court, Krishna Nagar, East Azad Nagar, Welcome, Jaffrabad, Maujpur (Babarpur), Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar.
The main highlight of this section will be the presence of three interchange stations - Anand Vihar (with Blue Line), Karkardooma (with Blue Line) and Welcome (with Red Line).
With Pink Line's Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri section inauguration, the Delhi Metro network has expanded to nearly 314 km with 229 stations.
The new Pink Line section's Karkardooma station, at a height of 21 metres above the ground, is now the second highest Metro station on the entire network.
The entire 59-km Pink Line now connects Shiv Vihar in east Delhi to Majlis Park in north. The stretch connecting Majlis park to Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi was opened earlier in the year in two phases.
(With inputs from agencies)