The three kilometer long Central Secretariat – Mandi House section has received the much awaited mandatory safety clearance from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety and the line is set to be opened for public use this week.
The entirely underground corridor has two stations Janpath and Mandi House. Though Mandi House is an operational station, a new line will be opened on the existing station which will directly connect it to Central Secretariat and now the passengers won’t have to interchange at Rajiv Chowk.
This will provide much needed relief to the heavily crowded Rajiv Chowk metro station.
As part of its expansion plans, Delhi Metro will have 13 more inter change hubs compared to present nine interchange stations. Once Phase-3 becomes fully operational by 2016 interchange stations of Hauz Khas, INA, Rajouri Garden, Mayur Vihar phase-I, Azadpur, Netaji Subhash Place, Lajpat Nagar, Anand Vihar, Karkardooma, Welcome, Kalkaji Mandir, Botanical Garden and Mandi House will be operational helping commuters save time and bringing metro stations closer.