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January 17, 2011

Delhi metro Violet Line reaches Badarpur

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DELHI Metro celebrated the completion of the final section of the initial phase of the Violet Line on January 14 with the opening of the 5km extension from Sarita Vihar to Badarpur.

The five-station elevated extension is expected to increase ridership on the Violet Line from 125,000 per day to around 200,000, and takes the total extent of the network to 161km with 135 stations.

delhi-metro.jpgAs part of the project the Violet Line train fleet has been increased from 16 to 20, allowing services to operate at four minute intervals during peak periods. The trains were supplied by a consortium of Mitsubishi, Hyundai Rotem, and Bharat Earth Movers Limited, which assembled the vehicles at its plant in Bangalore.

The first phase of the line between Sarita Vihar and Central Secretariat opened in October. This section was originally due to open in March 2010 but was delayed following the collapse of a viaduct at Zamrudpur in July 2009, which killed nine construction workers.

A 6.8km extension north from Central Secretariat to Red Fort and 13.9km south towards Faridabad are planned as part of the Phase 3 expansion of the network.

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