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Delhi Metro's services to Vaishali in Ghaziabad opened for public

A little boy gets his picture taken after the Vaishali-Anand Vihar stretch of Delhi Metro was inaugurated at Vaishali in Ghaziabad on July 14, 2011. This is the third satellite town after Noida and Gurgaon to be linked by Delhi Metro. UNI PHOTO
A little boy gets his picture taken after the Vaishali-Anand Vihar stretch of Delhi Metro was inaugurated at Vaishali in Ghaziabad on July 14, 2011. This is the third satellite town after Noida and Gurgaon to be linked by Delhi Metro. UNI PHOTO
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today opened for the public its 2.57 km long section from Anand Vihar in the capital to Vaishali in the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh town of Ghaziabad.

Trains started running on the route simultaneously from the Anand Vihar and Vaishali stations at 7 am today.

This is DMRC's second route to Uttar Pradesh after the line to Noida which was commissioned some months ago.

The new section is an extension of the 6.26 kms long Yamuna Bank – Anand Vihar Metro corridor which is also called Line 4 (Blue Line). The new section has two stations -- Kaushambi and Vaishali.

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A DMRC spokesperson said the new stretch was expected to add more than 40, 000 passengers into the system and benefit people living in Ghaziabad district and nearby areas immensely since they will not have to travel all the way to Delhi to board the Metro anymore.

This will also take the load off the Anand Vihar Metro station’s ridership which is situated at the border of Delhi and Ghaziabad. The Vaishali station one of the largest stations of the network with an area of 15, 790 sq mts. and is more important as it will connect the large residential area of Vaishali.

With the opening of this section, Dwarka Sector 21 to Vaishali will become the second longest corridor of the Delhi Metro network with a route length of approx. 46 kms after Noida which is approximately 49 kms.

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The MoU for the project between the DMRC and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) was signed on 24 March 2008, with land being provided by GDA for station and station facilities, including parking.

The DMRC has provided for parking facilities at both Kaushambi and Vaishali stations. It has also constructed Foot Over Bridges (FOB) across Kaushambi and Vaishali station to connect to the Sahibabad Industrial area. This will make it easy for the commuters coming to and fro from this extremely large industrial complex to access the Metro system. Lifts have been provided at both the entry points of the FOB. The FOB at Vaishali station is 90 mts long.

Cars pick and drop points along with cycle rickshaw and auto stands have been provided in a planned manner outside both the stations to avoid traffic congestion and chaos.

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Both the stations have toilet facilities for men, women and the physically challenged in the unpaid area. Special ramps have been constructed inside both the stations to facilitate movement of physically challenged commuters.

Property development has also been planned inside both the stations with the Vaishali station being developed on the lines of a mall.

Special artwork adorns the exterior and interior of both Kaushambi and Vaishali Metro stations.

The travel time from Dwarka Sector 21 to Vaishali will be 81 minutes 22 seconds. The frequency of trains on this section will be 5 minutes 34 seconds. The total number of stations from Dwarka Sector 21 to Vaishali is 41. The minimum fare is Rs 8 and the maximum Rs 30.

From July 15, the normal train services will commence at 6:00 am from Vaishali Metro station. Similarly, the last train from Vaishali Metro station will leave at 11:00 pm for going towards Dwarka.

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