A Delhi Metro train rolled into Ghaziabad on Thursday, bringing the satellite city a little closer to the national capital and fulfilling the desire of the residents for an effective transport system.
Without much fanfare, the 3-km link connecting Anand Vihar ISBT with Vaishali in Ghaziabad was thrown open to the public at 7 AM as revenue services commenced simultaneously at both stations.
While the station master of Anand Vihar flagged off the train from the station, Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Minister Swami Prasad Maurya launched the services from Vaishali station.Earlier, it was speculated that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati would inaugurate the line.
From Friday, normal train services will commence at 06:00 AM from Vaishali Metro station.
The corridor, which has two elevated stations, was integrated with the existing Dwarka Sec 21-Anand Vihar ISBT line benefiting thousands of people in Ghaziabad and other neighbouring areas who travel to the national capital daily.
With this, Ghaziabad becomes the third satellite city in the National Capital Region to get connected with Metro after Noida and Gurgaon.
Though Delhi Metro projects that 40,000 passengers are expected to use this stretch, the figure is likely to be higher than this as it was witnessed when the Noida line was thrown open to the public.
To facilitate free movement of people, DMRC has also constructed foot over-bridges across Kaushambi and Vaishali station to connect to the Sahibabad Industrial area.
“This will make it easy for the commuters coming to and fro from this extremely large Industrial unit to access the Metro system,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.