'Metro hop' to south Delhi markets soon

'Metro hop' to south Delhi markets soon

4 commercial hubs to be connected

Once the Phase-III of Delhi Metro becomes operational by 2016, four most sought-after commercial hubs in south Delhi will get connected through the Metro network.

This will provide residents a seamless connectivity to these markets.

Four major markets in the city – Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar – will have dedicated Metro stations connecting them by the end of 2016.
Moreover, INA and Lajpat Nagar Metro stations will be converted into interchange stations. “The inter-station distance ranging from less than a kilometre to approximately one-and-a-half-kilometre will provide a great impetus to business in the area,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

The chain of four consecutive Metro stations will come up on arterial Ring Road, he added.

As per the detailed project report about two lakh more passengers will use these stations primarily to reach these prominent markets that specialise in selling clothes, shoes and other materials.

While the Delhi Metro expects around 1.3 lakh people to use the INA Metro station, Lajpat Nagar is expected to record a footfall of 54,454, around 8,317 at South Extension and 15,000 at Sarojini Nagar stations.
Metro officials said after the construction of new line from Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, people will be able to reach these markets directly from far flung areas of Delhi.

“The Sarojini Nagar and South Extension markets currently have no Metro connectivity. Though these locations are well connected by buses, parking continues to be a major constraint for the shoppers. Moreover, the markets cannot be reached in the late evening hours because of lack of public transport such as autos. The Metro stations which will come up very close to these markets – within 50 metre,” Dayal said.

The shopping hubs will now directly be accessible from areas such as Mayur Vihar, Trilok Puri in east Delhi, Ashram, Sriniwaspuri in south Delhi, Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place  in north Delhi and Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Maya Puri in west Delhi.

From Gurgaon also people will be able to reach by changing train at INA.
From Faridabad the commuters will be able come directly to Lajpat Nagar and from Ghaziabad and Noida, the shoppers will be able to reach Lajpat Nagar just by changing train at Kalkaji Mandir station. 

Seamless connectivity

* Station: Sarojini Nagar Market: Sarojini Nagar Ridership
(in 2016): 15,000  Corridor: Mukundpur–Yamuna Vihar
* Station: INA Market: INA market, Dilli Haat Ridership
(in 2016): 1,29,881 Corridor: Mukundpur– Yamuna Vihar
* Station: South Extension Market: South Extension,
Ansal Plaza Ridership (in 2016): 8,317 Corridor: Mukundpur–Yamuna Vihar
* Station: Lajpat Nagar Market: Lajpat Nagar Ridership
(in 2016): 54,454 Corridor: Mukundpur–Yamuna Vihar

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