The shoppers and students visiting South Delhi particularly the Lajpat Nagar market have a reason to smile. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation [DMRC] has inaugurated the Pink Line metro route which connects the South Campus with Lajpat Nagar market and offers easy connectivity to four popular markets of South Delhi. The Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section on the Pink line was shown green signal by Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs in Central Government in the morning and the metro started functioning for the public soon after it.
Puri, the minister waved-off the flag to the Pink line via video conferencing straight from Metro Bhavan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also present for the inauguration. The 8.1 Km long-stretch was flag-off in the morning through a remote control.
This is the second inauguration for the Pink Line as The Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section is the second section of the same which is now operational for the public use. Earlier, the metro route on the Pink Line was operational between Majlis Park and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus and this became operational in February this year.
The people visiting marketplaces like Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar can easily access the metro and the route have six stations namely, Sir Vishweshwariah Moti Bagh, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar. Only the Moti Bagh station is elevated while the metro runs underground in the entire route.
The second phase offers interchangeability with Yellow Line that runs between the Huda City Centre-Samaypur Badli. The intersections are available at INA and with Violet Line for Escorts Mujesar-Kashmiri Gate and at Lajpat Nagar.
In weekdays i.e. from Monday to Saturday, 20 trains are scheduled to run in a single loop from Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar during peak hours and the frequency will remain at 5 mins and 25 seconds. Whereas on Sundays, the trains will be cut short to 9 on the same route with a frequency of 5 mins and 45 seconds, according to a DMRC spokesperson. The spokesperson also said that that the third and the last section of the Pink Line will become operational from September this year.