The Delhi government, recently, cleared the fourth phase of the Delhi Metro project, covering 103 kilometres and taking the network to the outer areas of the National Capital Region (NCR). The mega project, as part of which 72 new stations will be built, will cost over Rs 50,000 crores and will be borne equally by the state and the centre, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.
The detailed project report (DPR) for Phase IV, was cleared in June 2016. “The next clearance has to be given by the union government. Once it is done, work will start. The project will come up within six years of initiation of construction work,” Sisodia said.
The proposed corridors are:
While as per the revised DPR, the Tughlakabad line was to stretch till Terminal 1 of the airport, the proposal cleared by the cabinet says it will end a station before.
“Some changes have been made,” Sisodia said when asked about the changes brought in the final approved version of the project. Of its total length, 67 kilometres would be elevated and the rest underground, Sisodia said, adding that the mass rapid transit’s ridership will increase by about 8.5 lakhs, once it is operational. Once Phase IV is completed, the total length of the metro corridor in the city will cross the 450-kilometre mark.
“Monthly progress report of the project will be submitted to the Delhi government,” Sisodia said. Earlier in June, the DPR prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was cleared, despite demands by a few MLAs for bringing about minor tweaks in the routes. The length of the currently operational corridors is around 213 kilometres and Phase III, which will see a staggered launch in 2017, will add another 140 kilometres to it.