New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) More south Delhi residentswill come under the Metro network from tomorrow with DMRCopening the five-km Sarita Vihar�Badarpur section of thetransit system.
This stretch comprises three elevated stations --Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad and Badarpur.
"The section will be thrown open to public tomorrow.
The statutory safety clearance, necessary for opening theline, was accorded to it by the Commissioner for Metro RailSafety (CMRS) R K Kardam today," a Metro official said.
The opening of the stretch will be of great benefit tothe commuters of south Delhi localities such as Mohan Estate,Tughlakabad and Kalindi Kunj as well as the satellite town ofFaridabad in Haryana, which is adjacent to Badarpur.
The footfall of the entire Central Secretariat�Badarpur corridor is expected to increase by another one lakhafter the opening of the section.
Currently, the total footfall on the CentralSecretariat�Sarita Vihar corridor is approximately 1.25 lakh.
Four additional standard gauge trains with a peak hourfrequency of four minutes will be pressed into service,thereby, increasing the total number of trains to 20 forcatering to the increased rush on the corridor.
Presently, 16 trains are providing Metro services tothe commuters between the Central Secretariat and Sarita Viharcorridor.
With the opening of this stretch, the CentralSecretariat � Badarpur corridor will now be 20.16 kilometreslong with 16 Metro stations.
The DMRC will now have a total operational Metronetwork of approximately 161 kilometres with 135 metrostations.