The Delhi Metro has been a boon for the residents of the National Capital Region (NCR), providing connectivity to various parts of the city and in turn, boosting real estate development. Now, the authorities in the NCR have chalked up numerous plans for the extension of this network, to connect the outskirts of the city. This could serve to improve infrastructure in the regions along its route and also lessen the burden on other modes of transport, like roads.
The recently extended Magenta Line, for example, will reduce the travel time between south Delhi and west Delhi, between Noida and Gurugram, and between Faridabad and Noida. The traffic coming from Dwarka will now get diverted after a 20-minute ride to/from Janakpuri. Earlier, it was Rajiv Chowk or Mandi House, where one had to alight from the metro to reach south Delhi. Now, they can do so at Janakpuri also, thus, decongesting the already busy station of Rajiv Chowk. Metro connectivity between Hauz Khas and Janakpuri West, at present, requires people to take two lines and change lines at Rajiv Chowk. This takes almost 55 minutes. After the inauguration of the Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir stretch of the Magenta Line, the same travelling time for a passenger will be less than 30 minutes. The Magenta Line extension also connects the important hubs in south Delhi, including the IIT and JNU with Noida, west Delhi and Gurugram. This could ease traffic congestion in south Delhi considerably, as people switch to the metro, to reach offices in Noida and Gurugram from Delhi.