Revising its December 2017 deadline, the Janakpuri-Noida ‘Magenta Line’ of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be ready to be commissioned by September, while a segment of the ‘Pink Line’ is also likely to be launched then. The revised figures form part of the progress report of DMRC’s Phase III project. Line 8, christened the Magenta Line, will connect west Delhi to Noida via IGI Airport’s domestic terminal. Stretches of it are likely to be commissioned by April and June, respectively.
Battling land acquisition issues, the project had missed its December 2016 deadline. “Progress of civil works upto December 2016 is 95.97%. The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section is likely to be opened by April 2017. The entire 34-km-long line is targeted for completion in September 2017,” the report said. Although the Delhi Metro has not set any deadline for the full commissioning of the 59-km-long Pink Line, which is set to be the longest connecting line, a segment of it between the Majlis Park-Lajpat Nagar section, is targeted to be completed by September 2017.
“The targets for the Lajpat Nagar-Shiv Vihar section will be worked out when land issues involving rehabilitation and resettlement at Trilokpuri and Hasanpur are resolved,” it said. The ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage Corridor’ is likely to be thrown open in March, while the 11-km-long Mundka-Bahadurgarh section and the 4-km-long Dwarka-Najafgarh sections, are targeted for completion in June and December, 2017, respectively.
DMRC chief Mangu Singh, had earlier said that the Magenta and Pink Lines, part of the metro’s Phase III expansion, will be launched in a staggered manner, where small sections will be made operational, instead of the entire corridor being thrown open in one go. Under the Phase III expansion project being implemented at a cost of around Rs 40,000 crores, a total of 140 kms of network will be added to the current coverage of 213 kms.