Eleven new interchange stations, which will come up during implementation of Phase-IV of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), will improve the connectivity with far-flung areas. After three priority corridors on Phase-IV become operational in the city, the total number of interchange stations will increase to 40.
The Aerocity-Tughlaqabad corridor, which is Silver Line, will have three interchange stations-Delhi Aerocity, Chhatarpur and Tughlaqabad. The RK Ashram Marg-Janakpuri West corridor, which is an extension of Magenta Line, will have seven new such stations- RK Ashram Marg, Pulbangash, Pitampura, Azadpur, Majlis Park, Haiderpur Badli Mor and Peeragarhi. There will be one such station (Maujpur) on the Majlis Park-Maujpur corridor, which is an extension of Pink Line, as well.
The new interchange stations will help in improving metro connectivity in Central Delhi. The Pulbangash and RK Ashram Marg metro stations on Magenta Line will provide added connectivity to areas like Ghaziabad, Rohini, Noida and Dwarka.
“The Delhi Aerocity metro station on Airport Express Line will become a major interchange hub of the Delhi Metro network as it is being expanded to provide additional connectivity to the Tughlaqabad – Aerocity Silver Line corridor, being constructed as part of Phase-IV,” said Anuj Dayal, principal executive director, corporate communications, DMRC.
“In the future, the station will also have the provision of being turned into a triple interchange, as National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) will also have interchange facilities at Delhi Aerocity for its proposed corridor to Alwar,” he added.
Even Tughlaqabad will become Delhi Metro’s first-ever interchange station to have an underground parking facility, which will be integrated with the main station complex for easy movement of passengers. After the opening of this new corridor, passengers from far-flung areas of Faridabad in Haryana will be able to save time getting down at Tughlaqabad interchange and avail direct connectivity to the domestic airport terminal. At present, the commuters from Violet Line have to reach Central Secretariat and then take Airport Express Line to reach domestic and international terminals, which takes around one-and-a-half-hour, said officials.
Even the Azadpur metro station is all set to become the second ‘triple interchange facility’ of the Delhi Metro network. Currently, the Kashmere Gate metro station is the only such station on the network, which caters to three different corridors.
The Azadpur station currently is an interchange facility where the Yellow (HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli) and Pink lines (Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) criss-cross each other. The RK Ashram – Janakpuri West corridor of Phase-IV will also have a station at Azadpur.