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New Delhi, February 21, 2010
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today said it would open its 15.1 km Inderlok-Mundka line on schedule by the end of March, as originally planned.
DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said the line would be opened with 13 trains initially, which will run at a frequency of 4 1/2 to 5 minutes during peak hours.
The line will have 14 stations: Inderlok, Ashok Park (Main), Punjabi Bagh (East),Shivaji Park, Madipur, Paschim Vihar (East), Paschim Vihar (West), Peeragarhi, Udyog Nagar, Surajmal Stadium, Nangloi, Nangloi Railway Station, Rajdhani Park and Mundka, All the stations are elevated.
Mr Dayal said this would be the first Standard Gauge Metro line in India as all other lines opened so far have been on Broad Gauge. Standard Gauge lines have a width of 4 feet 8 1/2 inches between the tracks while Broad Gauge lines have a width of 5 feet 6 inches between the tracks. This will make the Delhi Metro probably the only Metro in the world which will operate on both Standard Gauge and Broad Gauge in the same city, he said.
DMRC will provide a smooth interchange at Inderlok so that passengers can change lines comfortably by walking a very short distance. The platforms and concourse of the Broad Gauge and Standard Gauge connections are linked so that passengers can take trains which will take them to other locations connected by the Delhi Metro network.
The travel time from Inderlok to Mundka will be 31 minutes approximately, Mr Dayal added.