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The Delhi Metro’s Phase 4 (Phase IV), has been planned to provide last-mile connectivity to the new housing hubs in the National Capital Region (NCR). Initially, the completion deadline was set as 2022 and the work on the project was expected to begin in 2017. However, the project has faced several delays. Work on Phase 4 finally began on December 30, 2019, with a ground-breaking ceremony for piling work for stations along the Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor, being held at Haider Badli Mor. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, in July 2019, had said that the Delhi Metro Phase 4, was scheduled to be completed in five years from the date of start of work. The 104-km Delhi Metro Phase 4 network, is expected to cater to 1.5 million passengers daily, when fully completed.
Delhi Metro Phase 4 information
The Delhi government, in December 2018, approved the much-awaited Phase 4 of the Delhi Metro. The approval was given for six corridors at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Subsequently, the union cabinet, on March 7, 2019, approved three ‘priority corridors’ out of six corridors of the Delhi Metro’s Phase 4.
- Total length of three approved ‘priority corridors’: 61.679 kms
- Estimated project cost of three ‘priority corridors’: Rs 24,948.65 crores
- Total length of six corridors: 103.93 kms
- Total estimated project cost: Rs 45,000 crores
- Expected ridership: 1.5 million passengers per day
Delhi Metro Phase 4 approved corridors
There will be 17 underground and 29 elevated stations in the three corridors, whose total length will be 61.679 kms – 22.359 kms underground and 39.320 kms elevated.
Delhi Metro Phase 4 stations
Aerocity-Tughlakabad corridor (15 stations)
|Aerocity, Mahipalpur, Vasant Kunj Sector-D, Masoodpur, Kishangarh, Mehrauli, Lado Sarai, Saket, Saket G Block, Ambedkar Nagar, Khanpur, Tigri, Anandmayee Marg Junction, Tughlakabad RIy Colony and Tughlakabad.|
RK Ashram-Janakpuri West corridor (25 stations)
|RK Ashram, Motiakhan, Sadar Bazar, Pulbangash, Ghanta Ghar/Sabzi Mandi, Rajpura, Derawal Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Azadpur, Mukundpur, Bhalaswa, Mukarba Chowk, BadliMor, North Pitampura, Prashant Vihar, Madhuban Chowk, Deepali Chowk, Pushpanjali Enclave, West Enclave, Mangolpuri, Peeragarhi Chowk, Paschim Vihar, Meerabagh, Keshopur, Krishan Park Ext and Janakpuri West.|
Maujpur-Mukundpur corridor (Six stations)
|Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Khajuri Khas, Soorghat, Jagatpur Village and Burari.|
Delhi Metro Phase 4 lines / extensions pending for approval
- Rithala to Narela (21.73 kms)
- Inderlok to Indraprastha (12.58 kms)
- Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block (7.96 kms)
Delhi Metro Phase 4 latest news
NGT allows DMRC to construct bridge on Yamuna flood plains
The National Green Tribunal has allowed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to construct a bridge on the Yamuna flood plains, under Phase 4 of the project. A bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the order, after noting the recommendations of the Principal Committee, which said that the project can be approved subject to certain conditions. “Having regard to the nature of the project and opinion of the Principal Committee, we do not see any prima facie objection to the project. The same must, however, comply with legal requirements and procedures,” said the bench, also comprising justice SP Wangdi.
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First civil contract for Tughlakabad-Aerocity corridor awarded
The first civil contract for the Tughlakabad-Aerocity corridor of the Delhi Metro’s Phase 4 has been awarded and it will entail the construction of a viaduct from Sangam Vihar to Saket-G stations, officials said, on January 1, 2020. The highlight of this section will be a double-decker viaduct, which will include the metro line, as well as an elevated six-lane flyover from Sangam Vihar to Ambedkar Nagar. The Tughlakabad-Aerocity metro corridor spans 20.20 kms, with 15 stations. It will connect the Kashmere Gate-Raja Nahar Singh (Violet Line) with the Airport Express Line. The work is expected to be completed in about three years.
Construction work begins on Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor
Piling work began, on December 30, 2019, for the construction of 10 elevated stations (Keshopur, Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi, Mangolpuri, West Enclave, Pushpanjali, Deepali Chowk, Madhuban Chowk, Prashant Vihar and North Pitampura) along the 28.92-km Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor. This corridor is an extension of the Magenta Line. The civil work on construction of the 10 stations is expected to be completed in 30 months, executive director of corporate communications, DMRC, Anuj Dayal said.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had, in September 2019, indicated that the Rithala-Bawana-Narela corridor of the Delhi Metro proposed under its Phase 4 project may be able to get the government’s approval ‘very quickly in the next few months’.
Delhi Metro Phase 4 funding
Phase 4 of the Delhi Metro faced considerable delay owing to a tussle between the centre and Delhi government, over loss sharing. The AAP government had imposed a condition of 50-50 per cent operational loss sharing, while giving its approval to Phase 4. An official of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the Delhi government had also put a condition in its approval that it will not have any liability on the loan provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to fund the project.
The AAP government in Delhi, on April 2, 2019, also alleged that the centre had made ‘unilateral changes’ to the project, without taking the Delhi government into confidence or even communicating any reasons for its change in stand. In a statement, the Delhi Transport Department said, “Equity component of the Delhi government has been increased from 8.08 per cent to 16.36 per cent. Similarly, the entire amount towards land acquisition has been apportioned to the Delhi government, whereas in the earlier three phases, it was apportioned between the government of India and the Delhi government equally.”
Union Housing and Urban Affairs secretary, Durga Shanker Mishra, in June 2019, however, said there was no question of accepting the Delhi government’s recommendations, saying that the conditions posed by the Delhi government were against the norms laid down in the Metro Rail Policy 2017.
The stalemate between the centre and the Delhi government, over financial aspects of the Delhi Metro’s 104-km Phase 4, came under the scanner of the Supreme Court, which said that the ‘project cannot wait’. The SC, on July 12, 2019, directed the authorities concerned, to commence the construction work on the project. The apex court was hearing a matter, in which the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had filed a report, stating that the approval for the project was held up since 2014. The EPCA, in its report filed in the court, said that Phase 4 of the Delhi Metro was ‘critical as it would add another 104 kms to the network’ and ‘it is designed to join the current network and will densify it and make the system more viable and attractive to commuters’.
The funding pattern for the three priority corridors was finalised in December 2019, with the cost of land being split 50:50 between the centre and the state. The centre will contribute Rs 4,643.638 crores, while the DMRC will have to repay external loans to the tune of Rs 12,930.914 crores. The Delhi cabinet, in December 2018, approved a contribution of Rs 5,994.50 crores.
Free bus ride scheme for women
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, on June 3, 2019, said his government proposed to make metro and bus travel free for women in the national capital. While announcing the proposal Kejriwal had said that his government will provide subsidy to the three public transporters – Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMITS) – for providing free rides to women commuters.
Following the proposal, the Delhi Metro, in June 2019, sent a report on free rides for women, to the AAP government, seeking at least eight months’ time to make necessary preparations, including seeking approval from the fare-fixation committee. The free rides scheme for women in buses, however, commenced from October 29, 2019. Under the scheme, women were given pink tickets in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses, to avail of the free-ride scheme.
The Delhi government has claimed the scheme to be a success, with the ridership of women passengers in public buses in the national capital touching 44% (an increase of 10%) in the 22 days, since the implementation of the scheme, according to official data released on November 20, 2019.
Delhi Metro FAQs
What is Delhi Metro Phase 4?
The Delhi Metro's Phase 4 is an expansion of the Delhi Metro network, to new housing localities in the National Capital Region. The government of India in March 2019, approved three routes as part of the project: Tughlakabad to Aerocity, Janakpuri West to RK Ashram and Maujpur to Mukundpur, covering 61.679 kms.
When will Delhi Metro Phase 4 start?
Construction work for 10 elevated stations along the Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor started on December 30, 2019 and the civil work for these stations is likely to be finished in 30 months.
Is Metro ride free for ladies?
Although Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has proposed to make metro and bus rides free for women in the national capital, the scheme has so far been implemented only for buses. The DMRC has sought time to make necessary preparations.