Ghaziabad has since long remained the underdog of the NCR region…. that tag mostly attributed to poor connectivity and lack of commute and infrastructure…. Not anymore! The metro line was long due for this side of town. All Ghaziabad peeps can now heave a sigh of relief. The Delhi Metro’s Red Line extension to Ghaziabad became operational on March 10, flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Getting to Ghaziabad…. a respite for sure…. but getting into it’s heart, is what has us yay’ing’. The Metro will pass through some of the interior residential hubs of Ghaziabad that would also boost the real estate prospects as well as the liveability of the area. The services began on the 9.63-km-long Dilshad Garden-Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) section, making the DMRC foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time!
Sab Yatri Dhyaan Dein…..
- This entirely-elevated section with eight stations, is an extension of the Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will have 29 stations.
- Two of the eight stations on the Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section have been renamed in the honour of the country’s fallen heroes.
- The Rajendra Nagar Metro station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda).
- The other six stations are – Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala and Hindon River.
- The route is covered under Phase-III expansion of the Delhi Metro and would have the following stoppages: Dilshad Garden, Shahid Nagar, Rajbagh, Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Shaheed Sthal.
- This route will run parallel to the National Highway-24. Mohan Nagar will act as a junction for the Delhi Metro Red Line and its Blue Line. Commuters would be able to interchange Metro from here to reach Noida Sector 62, Noida City Centre and Botanical Garden (Magenta Line).
All The Ghaziabad Peeps Say Yay!
The new Metro line will pass through the Sahibabad Industrial Area and will significantly impact the residential areas lying in proximity where the infrastructure is poor. Currently, commuters have to rely on last mile connectivity from Dilshad Garden to reach Sahibabad. Once the Metro goes operational, the prospects of the areas lying along the Metro corridor would improve which is at present limited to the lower-middle-income segment. Connectivity to Mohan Nagar from Dilshad Garden would improve. Currently, the route remains congested all the time.
Vasundhara would be another area that would gain from this connectivity. Once the Noida route gets operational, the Mohan Nagar Metro station would be approachable through which commuters can hop on to the Delhi Metro Red Line to go towards Kashmere Gate, Rohini, etc.
This extension has provided the much needed respite for office and college goers. No more traffic jams, no more stress….. Red Line comes to town!