NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro’s longest line — Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar, will open in April 2018, subject to the availability of land. The revised schedule was updated by DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) based on ground reports. The schedule for other lines remains the same. Meanwhile, the section from Majlis Park-Lajpat Nagar will be completed by September, though commissioning of the 59 km-long line 7 will take longer.
- “Line 7 has been facing land acquisition issues at several stretches, most notably in Trilokpuri,” DMRC spokesperson, Anuj Dayal said.
- The other new corridor, line 8, Janakpuri (west)-Kalindi Kunj, will be opened in sections starting next month.
- Dayal said the sections that would be opened include Kalindi Kunj-Kalkaji, Janakpuri (west) to IGI domestic terminal & Kalkaji-domestic terminal.
- He said,”The work is likely to be completed on the Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji section next month, which will be followed by clearances, including the safety audit.”
- The latest project status report on line 7 says that around 91% of civil works on the line is complete as of March.
- For line 8, the progress of civil works till March stands at 91.37%.
- The ITO to Kashmere Gate section is slated to be completed this month, while the Mundka to Bahadurgarh & Dwarka-Najafgarh lines will be completed by December.
- While construction as well as train & signalling trials on the ITO-Kashmere Gate section have been completed, the line is yet to become operational as it awaits CMRS
- (safety audit by the commissioner metro rail safety).
- This is expected to take some time, admitted DMRC officials.
- Line 7 will touch portions of inner Ring Road & drastically cut travel time between eastern and southern flanks of the national capital.
- It will connect northwest Delhi’s Mukundpur to northeast Delhi’s Shiv Vihar cutting across various south Delhi areas, including Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension, & densely populated parts of east Delhi, such as Mayur Vihar-I, Vinod Nagar & Karkardooma.
- A total of 140 km of Metro rail network will be added to the current coverage of 213 km in the phase-III expansion project that is being undertaken at a cost of around Rs 40,000 crore (Approx. US$ 6188.6 Million).
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