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A busy year ahead for the fast-expanding Delhi Metro

The Delhi Metro, which will complete 13 years in the city on Thursday, seems to have a challenging year lined up ahead with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) intending to commission its ambitious Phase-III network. Only 18 kilometres were added to the metro network this year, while in 2016 the National Capital Region will witness an expansion of 159 kilometres.

It was on December 24, 2002, that the first Metro service in Delhi was formally flagged off between the Shahdara and Tis Hazari stations on the Red Line. With an initial network of just 8.5 kilometres, six stations and one route in 2002, the Delhi Metro has expanded to cover 213 kilometres with 160 stations on seven corridors.

Anuj Dayal, DMRC, Executive Director (Corporate Communications) said, “The main highlight of the year 2015 was the extension of the Metro to the satellite city of Faridabad.

The Metro was also extended to Samaypur Badli in the north of the Capital and till the busy office hub of ITO in the heart of the city.”

The ridership of the Delhi Metro touched new heights as it reached the 32 lakh mark on August 28, Mr. Dayal added. Apart from having upgraded facilities like a 24×7 IVRS Customer Care number, the aesthetic appeal of stations has also been paid attention to.

“Especially-designed display panels were installed, book stores by Sahitya Akademi were introduced, Green Park and Jor Bagh stations were decided to be turned into culture hubs, and an art gallery of Crafts maps was also inaugurated,” Mr. Dayal said.

A visa facilitation centre, which will provide visa services for 31 countries, has also been opened at the Shivaji Stadium Metro Station of the Airport Express Metro Line. The centre, operated by VFS Global, has 153 facilitation counters with a capability to process over 12,000 applications in a day.

Further, the viewers’ gallery was thrown open for passengers to decongest the busy Rajiv Chowk station. Also, seven more exit (AFC) gates were made operational.

An over-bridge was constructed at the HUDA City Centre station to segregate the entry and exit points for passengers on different floors, while work is in progress at the Kirti Nagar station to provide separate entry and exit points to prevent congestion.

The issue of congestion is set to ease with the Phase III network, which will have around 27 inter-change stations offering multiple routes to commuters, becoming operational

The issue of congestion on the Metro is set to ease with the Phase III network

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/a-busy-year-ahead-for-the-fastexpanding-delhi-metro/article8027235.ece

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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In a Delhi Metro station corner, the gateway to a priceless collection

As you enter the busy Udyog Bhawan Metro Station in central Delhi from Gate No. 1, a striking red wall beside the ticket counter is bound to hold your attention for a while. It features some priceless artworks, some of which — such as a bust of Buddha and a Ganesha idol — were created centuries ago.

This is part of a new initiative by the National Museum to offer the Delhi Metro users a glimpse of its huge and priceless collection. And since the Udyog Bhawan Metro Station is just a few blocks away from the museum, the station was chosen to be promoted as a gateway to the National Museum.

 The ‘Art Gateway’ at the metro station was thrown open to public Wednesday by Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma. Also present were Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh, Culture Secretary N K Sinha and National Museum chairman Sanjiv Mittal.

“The National Museum has joined hands with DMRC for the initiative, which will allow metro users in large numbers to get a quick glimpse of the museum’s collection. The artwork displayed here will be changed regularly to engage viewers with many more pieces,” said Sharma. The Museum Replica Corner and hoardings installed at the metro station, which registers a footfall of lakhs of commuters everyday, will not only offer a glimpse of the museum’s collection but also inform the passers-by about activities at the museum.

The National Museum had signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DMRC in September, as part of the museum’s outreach programme.

“The museum has a huge collection of replica artwork, created from time to time for sale and display purposes. At the moment, we have installed four replicas of classical artwork from the museum’s collection. The intention is to replace it every three months to keep the commuters engaged with the walls. The hoardings will be changed more frequently,” explained Joyothi Roy, outreach consultant at the National Museum.

Earlier, artwork had been installed at the INA and Race Course metro stations, in collaboration with the Crafts Museum.

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/in-a-metro-station-corner-the-gateway-to-a-priceless-collection/#sthash.gbLOPYmo.dpuf

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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DMRC to make all stations self-sustaining

The Delhi Metro is not only the country’s largest metro network, but it also enjoys the rare distinction of contributing to around 40 per cent of the city’s total solar power generation.

So far, all agencies in the national Capital have put together an installed solar power capacity of only about 7 megawatt (MW), out of which 2.8 MW is generated by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) alone.

These roof-top solar systems are installed on a number of its stations, depots and office buildings.

The project does not just stop here. Under the upcoming Phase-III, and subsequently in Phase-IV, the DMRC plans to make every station self-sustaining to some extent with the help of solar energy. “The immediate target is to have an installed solar roof-top power capacity of 50 MW across Delhi Metro’s network of stations in and around the National Capital Region,” said an official.

The DMRC has been looking to switch to solar power as its power bills have been increasing rapidly over the last few years. Since it falls under the non-domestic and non-residential category of consumers, it pays a significantly higher tariff for electricity consumed.

The peak power demand of the DMRC is around 150 MW, which is expected to increase to 250 MW once Phase-III is operational. It also plans to acquire electricity from large-scale solar power projects to meet all of its future needs.

As getting land in Delhi to set up large-scale solar power projects is extremely difficult, sources said that the DMRC is likely to sign a long-term power purchase agreement for a solar power project in Rajasthan.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/dmrc-to-make-all-stations-selfsustaining/article7881889.ece

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Delhi Metro’s Guru Dronacharya Station Renamed to Indigo Guru Dronacharya

Remember how the Delhi Metro’s Noida City Centre station on its Blue line was recently renamed to Wave City Center Noida? Now the Guru Dronacharya station on the Yellow line in Gurgaon has been renamed to Indigo Guru Dronacharya! This name change is part of a 9 station rebranding exercise by the Delhi Metro Rail Corp to generate some extra revenue apart from the traditional fare mechanism.

The name change reflects Indigo Airlines’ name who in April had won the bid for renaming this station. Their headquarters are located adjacent to the station at the Global Business Park (see below), so the name change is quite apt and helps reinforce their brand to commuters.

With this station rebranded, the remaining 7 stations awaiting rebranding are all located outside of Delhi and include Vaishali, Golf Course, Botancial Garden, Noida Sector 18, MG Road, HUDA City Centre and IFFCO Chowk.

By the way, in December 2014, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation had announced that they will similarly auction the station naming rights along the 29.07 km Noida – Greater Noida metro line prior to it opening in late 2017.

http://themetrorailguy.com/2015/11/14/delhi-metros-guru-dronacharya-station-renamed-to-indigo-guru-dronacharya/

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Now travel from Gurgaon to Outer Delhi in 80 minutes

The first ceremonial train will start from Samaypur Badli. Commercial services for the public will begin from 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Outer Delhi will enjoy Metro connectivity from Tuesday with the 4.3-km long Jahangirpuri- Samaypur Badli extension of the Yellow Line set to open for public.

The stretch with three stations, which has finally received the green signal from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), will cater to residents of areas such as Jahangirpuri, Samaypur Badli, Transport Nagar, G.T. Karnal Road and parts of Rohini.

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off services on the line on Tuesday.

“The first ceremonial train will start from Samaypur Badli. Commercial services for the public will begin from 2 p.m.,” a metro spokesperson said.

The safety inspection of the extension line had to be cancelled twice as the CMRS requested a reschedule of the inspection.

The section, with stations at Haiderpur, Rohini Sector 18 and Samaypur Badli, will have an average ridership of around 30,000.

At present, Jahangirpuri is one of the terminal stations on this line, the other end of which runs till Gurgaon’s Huda City Centre.

By 2016, the ridership on this route is expected to touch 7,186 at Badli; 11,133 at Rohini Sector-18 and 10,262 at Samaypur Badli.

With this extension, the Yellow Line will run for 49 kilometres.

“The total Metro network, including the Airport Express Line with the opening of this section, will be 213 km with 160 stations. The total travel time from Samaypur Badli station to Huda City Centre station will be around 1 hour and 20 minutes,” the official added.

Now travel from Gurgaon to Outer Delhi in 80 minutes

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Delhi Metro’s Badli extension to be operational from today

Commuter Delhi will enjoy Metro connectivity from Tuesday with the 4.3-km long Jahangirpuri- Samaypur Badli extension of the Yellow Line set to open for public.

The stretch with three stations, which has finally received the green signal from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), will cater to residents of areas such as Jahangirpuri, Samaypur Badli, Transport Nagar, G.T. Karnal Road and parts of Rohini.

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off services on the line on Tuesday.

“The first ceremonial train will start from Samaypur Badli. Commercial services for the public will begin from 2 p.m.,” a metro spokesperson said.

The safety inspection of the extension line had to be cancelled twice as the CMRS requested a reschedule of the inspection.

The section, with stations at Haiderpur, Rohini Sector 18 and Samaypur Badli, will have an average ridership of around 30,000.

At present, Jahangirpuri is one of the terminal stations on this line, the other end of which runs till Gurgaon’s Huda City Centre.

By 2016, the ridership on this route is expected to touch 7,186 at Badli; 11,133 at Rohini Sector-18 and 10,262 at Samaypur Badli.

With this extension, the Yellow Line will run for 49 kilometres.

“The total Metro network, including the Airport Express Line with the opening of this section, will be 213 km with 160 stations. The total travel time from Samaypur Badli station to Huda City Centre station will be around 1 hour and 20 minutes,” the official added.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/metros-badli-extension-to-be-operational-from-today/article7863171.ece

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Delhi Metro’s Samaypur Badli Extension to Open on November 10

After wrapping up the safety inspection last week, the Delhi Metro’s Samaypur Badli extension of the Yellow line will finally open to the public and start commercial services on November 10 at 2 pm! In a press release published by the DMRC an hour ago, they announced the commencement details:

The Jahangirpuri- Samaypur Badli section (Extension of Line-2) of the Delhi Metro will be inaugurated by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development and Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi on 10th November, (Tuesday) 2015.

The inaugural ceremony will be held at Metro Bhawan Auditorium at 9.30 am from where the ceremonial flagging off will be done. The first ceremonial train will start from Samaypur Badli. Commercial services for the public on this section will be started from 2 PM on 10th of November, (Tuesday) 2015.

This section includes new stations at Haiderpur, Rohini Sector 18 and Samaypur Badli as shown below:
Route of Jehangirpuri-Samaypur Badli line
Route of Jehangirpuri-Samaypur Badli line

After the start of services on this section, the Yellow line from Samaypur Badli to HUDA City Centre will become 49 km long while the Delhi Metro’s network will become ~213 km long with 159 stations!

http://themetrorailguy.com/2015/11/09/delhi-metros-samaypur-badli-extension-to-open-on-november-10/

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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