To save development and construction for the upcoming three metro corridors of Delhi Metro phase-4, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) may introduce metrolite rail transit system. The decision has been taken in a recently held meeting by the MoHUA officials.
According to the ministry, it will save around 25-40% of the money involved in the development of metro routes. The officials have also finalized three corridors for the same which include Inderlok-Indraprashtha, Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block, and Rithala-Bawana-Narela.
The center has already asked DMRC officials to study the feasibility of the system on the above identifies routes.
Giving more information on the same, an urban affairs ministry official said, “The DMRC will do feasibility studies on the selected corridors under Metro phase-IV. There is no point in going for huge capital intensive metro rail corridors on stretches where passenger demand is less than 10,000 per day. A Metrolite is less expensive and at the same time provides the same comfort to the passengers.”
He further informed that the metrolite comes with three-coaches with a passenger capacity of 300. The train will run at a speed of 60 km/h.
The center has also asked DDA to provide an estimate of the population on the Rithala-Bawana-Narela route along with the expected increase in the next 30 years. This will help in gauging the projecting traffic on the route in the coming years.
Just a few days back, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has planned to roll out the ‘Metrolite’ rail transit system to enhance connectivity in the interior areas and to save development costs too. According to them, a metrolite transit system is more economical and viable.