The upcoming Phase III of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to reduce the commuting time between the two ends of the city -- Noida and Gurgaon. The two major NCR stations, with scores of people traveling to and fro at current, are more than one and a half hours apart.
In order to facilitate this corridor, the upcoming Janakpuri West - Botanical Garden link will have an interchange facility at Hauz Khas Metro Station so that passengers coming from Gurgaon can get down at there and take a direct train to Botanical Garden in Noida.
"Presently, the Metro journey from Huda City Centre to Botanical Garden in Noida takes about 1.5 hours with the interchange at Rajiv Chowk. Therefore, traveling time will come down by more than half an hour. This corridor is expected to be operational by 2016," a DMRC spokesperson said.
Fewer stations, less time
However, the significant development through Phase III will be that the current total number of stations from Huda City Centre to Botanical Garden, which is 34, will come down to only 25 stations. Also, the busy Rajiv Chowk station will be missed since it is not being included in the route.
The approximate time to commute between the two destinations will be about 50 minutes. The Hauz Khas Metro Station will be turned into an interchange station to facilitate this connectivity. A parallel new station will come up, connected with the presently operational station, through a ramp. About 1,69,414 passengers are expected to use the station by 2016.
"Thousands of office goers travel between Gurgaon and NOIDA daily. A road journey between the two cities also takes around 1.5 hours. Absence of direct autos and infrequent bus services further add to the inconvenience of the people who commuting between these cities. The new corridor will be a major benefit for all such commuters," said a spokesperson.