To provide last mile connectivity to the new housing hubs in the NCR, the State Government has given approval to the expansion of Delhi Metro Phase IV project. The route will be 104 km long and will have six new corridors. It is expected to connect Delhi to other NCR regions.
The approval was given at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The estimated cost of the project will be 45,208 crores while the Delhi Government share will be 9,707 crores. The approved routes are Rithala-Narela (21.73 km), Janakpuri West-R K Ashram (28.92 km), Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58 km), Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G-Block (7.96 km). The deadline to complete work on the above expansion is 2022.
Giving more information on the above, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said, “The cabinet has approved the Phase-IV of Delhi Metro. When operational, the route is expected to cater 1.5 million passengers daily.”
The proposed Plan
Sisodia further said that when the current expansion will take shape in the next five years, not only would it bring Metro connectivity to many far-flung areas of the capital but also drastically reduce journey time in the capital.
The phase will have a total of 79 stations and nearly 20 interchange points. Once the central Government gives their nod, DMRC will start their work.
It is said that after the completion of this phase, Delhi will have world’s 4th largest metro system (in length) after Shanghai (644 km), Beijing (599.4 km) and Guangzhou (over 600 km by 2020). It will be even longer than London (402 km) and New York (380 km).