Date Of Post: 21 Mar, 2018
New Delhi: The total operational span of the Delhi Metro network will expand to over 350 km after completion of its Phase-3 project, according to the latest economic survey of the city released on Monday. The estimated cost of Phase-3 project is Rs 39,784.56 crore.
- The survey states that the Delhi government has released Rs 1,333.77 crore (Rs 323.27 crore equity; Rs 39.50 crore against subordinate debt for land acquisition, Rs 300.00 crore has been released as subordinate debt towards sales tax and Rs 671 crore as subordinate debt for central taxes) to the DMRC during 2016-17 towards the Phase-3.
- With the opening of the Pink Line’s Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus corridor last week, the current operational length stands at over 252 km.
- The Economic Survey of Delhi 2017-18 stated,”At present, the average ridership of Delhi metro is 28 lakh per day which is further expected to increase up to 40 lakh per day after completion of DMRCs Phase-III.”
- The total existing network of Phase-I & Phase-II is 190.03 km (including the National Capital Region).
- It said, the work for Phase-III was approved for 160.586 km and is likely to be completed by December 2018.
- It said,”The total network will be approximately 350.616 km (including NCR) after completion of the Phase-III work. The average daily ridership increased from 26 lakh during 2015-16 to 28 lakh during 2016-17, which will further be enhanced to 40 lakh after completion of the Phase-III. The work on Phase-IV is under consideration and is likely to start soon.”
- Also, out of the nearly 160 km network approved by the cabinet for the Delhi-NCR, work on extension of Green Line from Mundka to Tikri Border is expected to be completed by May 2018.
- The Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor spanning nearly 4.3 km is projected to be finished by December.
- It said,”Phase-III and additional corridors of 160.586 km route length with 109 stations (including 42.192 km of route length with 30 stations of NCR) are planned to be completed by December 2018 (except Extension to Dhansa Bus Stand, targeted to be completed by 2020). Phase IV is under consideration of the government.”
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