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The Pink Line is part of the Delhi Metro Phase III network development plan. Since the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket I corridor opened on December 31, 2018, the completed Pink Line now services 38 stations – from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar.
Delhi Metro Pink Line: Construction timeline
The Delhi Metro Pink Line was opened in four stages, from March to December 2018. The initial completion deadline of December 2016 could not be met, owing to land acquisition issues at certain stretches, after which the deadline was pushed to April 2018. The Pink Line was thereafter, built in parts and finally completed in December 2018, with the inauguration of the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket I corridor.
The Pink Line was made operational in the following phases from March to December 2018:
- March 14, 2018: Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus
- August 6, 2018: Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar
- October 31, 2018: Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake-Shiv Vihar
- December 31, 2018: Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket I.
After the 17.8-km Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section of the Pink Line was opened to the public on October 31, 2018, Delhi entered a select group of global cities such as London and Shanghai that have an operational metro network of over 300 kms. After the inauguration of the latest corridor in December 2018, the Delhi Metro network has expanded to nearly 327 kms, with 236 stations.
The corridor of the Pink Line that opened on December 31, 2018, is 9.7 kms long and connects Lajpat Nagar to Mayur Vihar Pocket I, with five stations along the way – Vinoba Puri, Ashram, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mayur Vihar Phase-I and Mayur Vihar Pocket I.
The section between Trilokpuri to Mayur Vihar Pocket I, is expected to be completed by August 2019, as the construction of a 1.5-km viaduct is delayed at Trilokpuri. This has rendered the Pink Line into two independent lines, with trains from Majlis Park going till Mayur Vihar Pocket I and trains coming from Shiv Vihar terminating at Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake.
Delhi Metro Pink Line routes
The Pink Line is almost 59 kms long and connects Majlis Park in north-west Delhi to Shiv Vihar in north-east Delhi, making it the longest line in the Delhi Metro. It also has the smallest metro station in the country at Ashram and the highest point in the Delhi Metro at Dhaula Kuan.
The Pink Line runs over the Delhi Ring Road in a U-shape and is also referred to as the Ring Road Line. It has 26 elevated and 12 underground stations, with the highest point being at Dhaula Kuan at 23.6 metres – as high as a seven-storey building.
Although the Pink Line is now completed and fully operational, a small section of the line between Trilokpuri to Mayur Vihar Pocket I is expected to be completed only by August 2019. The construction of a 1.5-km viaduct was delayed due to issues raised by local residents, which the metro has been trying to resolve for a long time.
Delhi Metro Pink Line interchanges
The Pink Line offers connectivity to every other existing and upcoming line, with interchanges at 12 out of its 38 stations. The following are the stations with interchanges on the Pink Line:
- Netaji Subhash Place and Welcome – Red Line
- Azadpur and INA – Yellow Line
- Rajouri Garden, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Anand Vihar and Karkarduma – Blue Line
- Punjabi Bagh West – Green Line
- Wazirabad Surghat and Lajpat Nagar – Violet Line
- Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus – Orange Line (Airport Line)
- Majlis Park and Azadpur – Magenta Line
A foot-overbridge (FOB) connecting the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus Metro station of the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line and Dhaula Kuan Metro station of the Airport Express Line, was opened on February 9, 2019. The skywalk will make it much easier and quicker to reach Delhi Airport and the New Delhi Railway Station for residents of east, west and north Delhi.
Stations and interchanges on the Delhi Metro Pink Line