Delhi Metro services begin on ITO-Mandi House section

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Delhi Metro on Monday began operations on the ITO-Mandi House section.

The service in the underground stretch – that is a part of the 9.37-km Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate line – was flagged off from the ITO station by union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“I request everyone to use public transport and Metro services since it is an answer to the growing traffic congestion and pollution,” Naidu said.

Kejriwal said his government would do everything to expand the Delhi Metro network.

“I have always requested Delhi Metro’s managing director Mangu Singh to increase the number and frequency of the coaches,” the chief minister said.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai was also present on the occasion.

The section will be opened for the public from 6 p.m. on Monday.

The service was flagged off after receiving clearance from the commissioner for Metro rail safety.

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