Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section of the Delhi Metro's Red Line on Friday, March 8, in Ghaziabad. As per reports, this extension of the Delhi Metro forayed into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad.
Reportedly, DMRC's Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said that passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday.
Talking about over-all infrastructure development of the country, PM Modi said, "Consistent with the hopes and aspirations of the middle class, our government is working with full allegiance to develop this type of infrastructure in the country's cities. Be metro, RRTS, Ring Road, cities across the country are being prepared for the coming decades."
As per media reports, two of the eight stations on the section have been renamed after the martyred soldiers, the Rajendra Nagar Metro station has been renamed as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda). Six stations on the stretch are -- Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala and Hindon River.
This section is an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After the opening of this section, the entire Red Line now spans 34.72 km. This would be the second metro corridor in Ghaziabad after the Blue Line which links Delhi to the neighboring city, with stations at Kaushambi and Vaishali. The extension of the Delhi Metro's Red Line will connect residents of Ghaziabad to with various parts of the National Capital Region.
After the opening of this section, the total network of the Delhi Metro now spans 336.6 km with 244 metro stations while the DMRC's span in Uttar Pradesh is now 52.85 km.
(With inputs from PTI)