Delhi: The capital’s most favoured public transport network is scouring the palette for 6 new lines which will have to be colour coded, said officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The 9 existing lines of the Delhi Metro – used by an estimated 30 lakh commuters daily – is identified by a different colour, a method used to help people remember their ride easily.
- A DMRC spokesperson said,“We prefer colour coding as it is easy to remember. We will definitely give distinctive colours to new lines that are coming up. We have an architect department which will come up with the new colours to be allotted to these lines.”
- The 6 new lines will cover 104 kilometer, crisscrossing the existing network and is expected to have a daily ridership of 8.5 lakh. Construction of the lines is expected to start soon.
- The DMRC has already used up all the primary colours for metro — red, blue & yellow — and secondary colours, which result from the mixing of the primary colours.
- Besides, DMRC also uses some of the tertiary colours, a mixture of the primary & secondary colours.
- Delhi Metro has so far used blue, green, violet, pink, magenta, grey, orange, red and yellow.
- Some of the colours which the Delhi Metro could use include rose, vermillion, azure and even black.
- Primary colours were used for phase-1 lines, secondary colours for phase-2 lines and for phase-3 (new lines), tertiary colours are chosen, officials said.
- DMRC has issued tenders for the topographical survey of the 6 lines after they approved by the Delhi government.
- Construction of the new lines is likely to start by August though DMRC is awaiting approval of the central government, officials said.
- The lines under phase-IV, in addition to the 140 kilometres added in phase-III, are expected to free up traffic bottlenecks in congested central and southern parts of the city and help passengers from outer Delhi.
- Officials added, the phase-3 of metro expansion is likely to be completed by mid-2017.