METRO GIVES A NEW LIFE
The much-awaited Badarpur-Faridabad Metro line has as a relief for its denizens. Prime Minister Narender Modi has inaugurated the metro line with much fanfare. The metro line will now provide easy connectivity to the people of Faridabad to Delhi and vice-
With the inauguration of Badarpur-Faridabad metro line, the residents of Faridabad can now heave a sigh of relief as this line has put an end to their traffic woes. The new route is a 14 km long extension and covers large parts of Faridabad. It has nine stations that run from Sarai to Escorts Mujesar. By 2017, two more stations, NCB colony and Ballabgarh will come up. It would take one hour and 20 minutes to cover the distance between the two terminals stations of Line 6 i.e. from ITO to Escorts Mujesar. The other stations on the route include NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Arjonda and Bata Chowk.
Once Line 6 is fully operational, it will have a length of 43.4 km and will run from Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar. It will have a total of 32 stations out of which five would be inter-change stations and these would include Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Mandir.
The estimated ridership on Line 6, which currently stands at 1.92 lakh per day, will go up to 2 lakh. Apart from making travelling easier and hassle-free, the new line will also give a major push to the employment opportunities. As Faridabad is a key industrial hub, people coming from Delhi would now be able to reach the city in a shorter span of time and in comfort.
The highlight of this phase is that all nine stations on the Badarpur-Faridabad stretch are partially run on solar energy, with each station roof installed with solar panels. The energy generated will partially fulfil power requirements of the corridor such as lighting and elevator services. Moreover, the Delhi Metro’s first ever “green” sub-station — complete with solar panels with a generation capacity of 50 KWp (kilowatt peak), rainwater harvesting systems and wetland sewage treatment plants — has been constructed in Sector 46, Faridabad. The stations are also equipped with 25-ft high foot-over-bridges running across the Delhi-Agra Highway as well.
“The metro line is a great relief from traffic snarls. It is quite stressful for a daily commuter to cross these narrow roads and long hour jams. We are happy that now we have an option of hassle-free travelling,” says Sangeeta Kaila, a resident of Faridabad.
This line has surely improved the connectivity of the suburb. Resonating a similar view, Shruti Bhonsle, a resident of Sector 37 says, “Earlier we had to plan everything in advance if we wanted to go to Delhi for shopping but Metro has brought Delhi closer to Faridabad and also made travelling within the town easy. We don’t have city buses like DTC, so private vehicles are necessary. With the Metro, we will be able to go out at will.” More than anything else, riding the public transportation is cheaper and saves fuel cost and maintenance of a private vehicle.