Delhi Metro: Mandi House-Central Secretariat link brings south closer to east, west



For Bhavna Sharma, a 30-year-old travel executive who lives in Vaishali and works at south Delhi’s Nehru Place, travelling the long way to work and back was a daily struggle. Things, however, were different on Thursday.

The Central Secretariat-Janpath-Mandi House section of Delhi Metro, which was opened to public from Friday noon, is just 3.23-km-long but has made travelling easier for thousands of commuters like her.

“I took the Metro from Vaishali, got down at Rajiv Chowk and took another train to Central Secretariat. From there, I took the Violet line to Nehru Place. Now I can take the Violet line directly from Mandi House. I won’t have to change trains twice, can save at least 15 minutes of travel time and avoid the crowd at Rajiv Chowk,” she said.

The section, which opened on Thursday, is an extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor, which will be further extended to Kashmere Gate by the end of 2015.

It took about 2.5 years to be completed and though construction work was done by March 2014, safety clearance from the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) took time.

Thanks to the new section, commuters from south Delhi going to Noida, Vaishali or Dwarka, can now change trains at Mandi House without having to go to the crowded Rajiv Chowk. Trains will be available at a frequency of 3.25 minutes. More info