The 3.32 kilometer long Kirti Nagar to Ashok Park Main section of Line No.5 i.e, Mundka to Inderlok/Kirti Nagar (also known as Green Line) is now a part of the Delhi Metro network.
The section was ceremonially flagged off today by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit from the new Kirti Nagar Metro station. Sh. Arvinder Singh, the Transport Minister of Delhi, Sh. Ramakant Goswami, the Industries Minister of Delhi, Sh. Anil Bhardwaj, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister and Sh. Rajesh Lilothia, MLA also attended the ceremony.
The line was made operational for the public from 3 pm on 27th August 2011. This section comprises of two stations namely, Kirti Nagar (at grade) and Satguru Ram Singh Marg (elevated).
This section, which is part of Line- 5, will be providing interconnectivity between Line-1 (Dilshad Garden to Rithala) and Line-3/4 (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali). Ashok Park Main and Kirti Nagar Metro stations will work as interchange stations to go towards Line-1 and Line-3/4 respectively.
Satguru Ram Singh Marg Metro station will be connecting Ring railway’s Patel Nagar station with the Delhi Metro network.
The new Standard Gauge Kirti Nagar station of this line will be at grade, which will be connected to the existing Kirti Nagar station of Line-3 through a Foot Over Bridge (FOB) connecting the paid areas of both the stations.
A total of fifteen trains will be running on this line i.e, Mundka to Inderlok/Kirti Nagar with a peak hour frequency of about four minutes between Mundka and Ashok Park Main. Whereas, from the Ashok Park Main station, alternate trains will be going towards Inderlok and Kirti Nagar Metro stations. The total time taken from one end to the other end of the line i.e, Mundka to Inderlok and Mundka to Kirti Nagar will be approximately 27 minutes each.
FARE STRUCTURE & TRAVEL TIME
The opening of the new section has no implications on the overall Metro fare structure as the minimum fare continues to be ` 8 and the maximum ` 30. Complete Fare Chart is available on our official website www.delhimetrorail.com.
Rather, the Kirti Nagar – Ashok Park Main Metro link will reduce the fares as well as cut down the traveling time between many destinations of Line 1 (Dilshad Garden - Rithala), Line 3 (Dwarka Sector 21 – NOIDA City Centre) and Line 5 (Inderlok - Mundka) of the Delhi Metro network as now the commuters of Line 3 will be easily able to travel to a destination on Line 1 and 5 without going to Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate and vice versa.
Due to this link, the cost of travel will come down by more than 50 percent in some instances. For example, the present fare between Punjabi Bagh and Kirti Nagar is ` 21. The same will come down to ` 10 after the opening of this link. Similarly, the fare from Ashok Park Main to Ramesh Nagar is ` 22 and it will decrease to ` 12 after the commencement of services on this corridor. (The difference of fare from Line 5 to selected destinations is attached).
The traveling time of the commuters using these stretches will also come down by almost 50 percent in many cases. For example, commuters traveling from Dwarka to any destination on Line 1 and 5 will be conveniently able to avail the interchange facilities at Kirti Nagar and Ashok Park Main and reach their destinations. Presently, they have to go all the way to Rajiv Chowk and then to Kashmere Gate to reach the same destinations.
The opening of this stretch will also help a lot in decongesting the busy Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate interchange stations as the commuters traveling between destinations on lines 1,3 and 5 won’t have to come to these stations to change trains.
SHARPEST CURVE OF DELHI METRO BETWEEN SATGURU RAM SINGH MARG & ASHOK PARK MAIN METRO STATONS
The sharpest standard gauge curve (262 degree) of the Delhi Metro network has been constructed by the DMRC on its elevated section between the Satguru Ram Singh Marg & Ashok Park Main Metro stations.
This curve is of 518 meters in length and exists between pier no. KP-56 to KP 76. Curves of less than 300 meters of radius are considered ‘sharp curves’ in urban rail construction. This curve had to be constructed to save the already existing buildings, commercial malls and residential complexes on either side of the Metro.
Normally, a curve of radius not less than 300 degrees is possible for a smooth turn but here, due to heavily built area, a radius curve of 262 m has been given from Ashok Park station to Satguru Ram Sing Marg station, thus, avoiding large-scale demolition and maintaining the average speed of the trains at 60-65 kmph.
The work of building sharp curves requires a great deal of engineering skill and several factors have to be kept in mind while designing special segments/spans at the concerned turn/juncture. The DMRC had to build a special dedicated bed in its casting yard for segment casting. The segments were then constructed according to the already defined ‘radius of curvature’ and then put on the elevated section.
Earlier, the sharpest curve of DMRC was in Gurgaon near the IFFCO Chowk Metro station with a radius of 282.05 meters in broad gauge. This curve still remains the sharpest ever curve on broad a gauge corridor.