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Delhi Metro enters Noida, to open to public tomorrow

Delhi Metro achieved another milestone when a brand new train chugged into the satellite city of Noida for the first time paving the way for thousands of commuters in east Delhi and adjoining areas to enjoy the new age transport system.

The 13.1 km Yamuna Bank-Noida line was inaugurated by Union urban development minister S Jaipal Reddy in the presence of chief minister Sheila Dikshit at the newly-built Akshardham station here.

Reddy flagged off the first train with destination to Noida City Centre (Sector-32). This is the first time a Metro train formally enters Noida.

The line, which will be opened for public from 6 am tomorrow, is expected to bring a paradigm shift in the travelling habits of thousands of people in east Delhi and trans-Yamuna areas.

The Noida corridor, built at a cost of Rs 630 crore, is completely elevated and will be integrated with the existing 34.3 km Yamuna Bank-Dwarka Sector-9 segment, extending total length of the Line-3 to 47.4 km.

The line is also the first where the DMRC missed its deadline. The corridor was scheduled for opening in October.

DMRC has projected that about 53,000 passengers daily are expected to join the new age transport system after the opening of the Noida corridor.

The DMRC will run eight brand-new broad gauge trains, procured from Bombardier, on the line presently.

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