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Delhi Metro's Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar line opened

Delhi Metro - train at a platform
Delhi Metro - train at a platform

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar line was inaugurated by Union Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit here today, promising a boon for residents of East Delhi and the adjoining district of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.

The 6.25 km corridor will be opened to the public from 0600 hours tomorrow. The estimated daily projected traffic for this line in 2011 is 1,03,450 people, Delhi Metro spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

This is Delhi Metro's fourth line and its network now extends to almost 96 km with 83 stations.

The new fully-elevated line passes has five stations -- Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Karkarduma and Anand Vihar.

Of the total length, 3.7 km of the alignment is along the Vikas Marg/Vikas Marg Extension and the rest is aligned off the road. Vikas is the main East-West corridor of the capital and one of its busiest roads.

It regularly witnesses heavy traffic jams, which means the journey from Yamuna Bank to Anand Vihar often took upto 40 minutes by road. The Metro promises to cover the distance in about 11 minutes.

The Anand Vihar Metro Station is a major integrating terminal that brings together three modes of public transport - the Metro, the Indian Railways and the Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT). The circulation area for the Metro station and the ISBT is common enabling commuters to easily access both systems. The station will thus act as a crucial point for people coming from outside Delhi to access the spreading Metro network to go to different parts of the city and National Capital Region (NCR).

The DMRC has constructed two foot overbridges (FOBs) at the Laxmi Nagar and Nirman Vihar stations, situated on Vikas Marg. The FOBs have been constructed to provide commuters easy access to the Metro stations as well as help them to cross the road through unpaid area of the stations.

According to Mr Dayal, the new corridor has two long spans of 70 metres each consecutively over the Karkardooma flyover. This has also become one of the highest points in the Metro system with the height of the platform being 19 metres above the ground. These spans were made using a special engineering method known as the Balanced Cantilever Method so as to avoid disturbance to the traffic during construction.

He said DMRC had also lifted the highest electricity overhead transmission lines of 220 KV in the city at Vikas Marg to make way for the Metro corridor. Three new steel towers of 53.5 metres height each and one tower of 44.5 metres height were built, thus raising the overhead supply lines by more than 20 metres. The towers built by the Metro are three-fourth in comparison to the height of the 72.5 metres tall Qutub Minar. All the three towers were erected in a record time of 15 days without any disruption of electricity supply to nearby areas, he said.

The depot for Line-4 trains will be the Yamuna Bank depot which has an area of 3,90,000 sq. mts. including the station area. The depot can stable around 40 trains at one time. The facilities available in the depot include a washing plant, train maintenance workshop, stabling lines and train inspection lines.

Alternate trains from Dwarka in West Delhi will now go towards Noida and Anand Vihar through Yamuna Bank. The Yamuna Bank-Noida corridor was opened some weeks ago.

The Yamuna Bank station will thus, become an important interchange/ bifurcation point for passengers and keeping this in view, the platforms at this station have been specially designed and planned.

According to Mr Dayal, the station will have island platforms on the same level. Platform 1 and 2 will cater for trains going to and fro to Noida while platform 3 and 4 will handle traffic going to and fro from Anand Vihar. As per the train operation plan of the DMRC, trains originating from Dwarka Sector 9 will head towards Anand Vihar and trains starting from Dwarka will go upto NOIDA City Centre.

Thus if a passenger is travelling from Dwarka side on a train which is not going to his required destination he has to get down at Yamuna Bank and interchange by walking a few steps to the other side of the same island platform.

Delhi Metro has planned a peak frequency of 3 minutes 45 seconds 0800 and 1230 hours and between 1630 hours and 2030 hours between Dwarka and Yamuna Bank, while between Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar, Yamuna Bank-Noida City Centre and Dwarka Sector 9-Dwarka a frequency of 7 minutes 30 seconds is planned. In the off peak period, the train frequency will range from 6 to 15 minutes approximately, Mr Dayal added.

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