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Delhi Metro successfully completes five years

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has successfully completed five years of operation.

New Delhi, Dec 25 : The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has successfully completed five years of operation.

The first stretch between Shahdara and Tis Hazari was opened for commuters on December 25, 2002.

The world-class mode of transport system has changed the city's landscape as Phase II of the rail system is expected to be completed by 2009, in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held here.

Phase II of the project is consists of ten lines - Shahdara-Dilshad Garden, Indraprastha-Noida Sector 32 City Centre, Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar ISBT, ishwavidyalaya-Jahangir Puri, Inderlok-Kirti Nagar-Mundka, Central Secretariat-Sushant Lok, Dwarka Sector 9 to Dwarka Sector 21, New Delhi-Airport, Anand Vihar-KB Vaishali and Central Secretariat-Badarpur.

The piling activity for the metro extension by 3.09 Kms which will link Shahdara Station to Dilshad Garden began on July 24, 2006. The section will be opened to the public in December 2008 and will be the first section of phase-II of the Metro to be completed.

This extension will have intermediate stations at GTB Enclave and Jhilmil and will be fully elevated at an average height of 12 meters.

Till now, Delhi Metro trains have run 2.25 crore kms and the number of stations have increased from six to 59. The work is in process to add 79 stations and 500 trains.

In the first phase, three lines were commissioned - Shahdara to Rithala, Delhi University to Central Secretariat and Indraprastha to Dwarka - in October 1998.

In 2002, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the first metro stretch between Shahdara to Tis Hazari. About 12 lakh commuters landed up at the stations on the first day of operation.

In 2003, passengers rush averaged 30,000 per day, while it increased to 6.5 lakh per day in 2007.

Besides providing facilities like air-condition, contactless tokens, escalators, clean platforms, no traffic snarls, Delhities are also saving their time and money.

ANI

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