NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro’s Phase-4, featuring 6 corridors measuring over a hundred kilometre that will take the network to the outer areas of the national capital and make the airport more accessible, was approved by the Delhi government on Friday.
- The decision will ‘go a long way’ in reducing congestion and pollution in the city, said CM Arvind Kejriwal.
- The total length of the metro corridor in the city will cross the 450 km mark, with the completion of 103 km long Phase 4.
- Its Detailed Project Report (DPR) was cleared in June 2016.
- Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, the mega project, as part of which 72 new stations will be built, will cost over INR 50,000 crore (approx US$ 7,335.3 Million), which is to be borne equally by the Centre and the state.
- He added,”The next clearance has to be given by the Union government. Once it is done, work will start. The project will come up within 6 years of initiation of construction work.”
- 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.
- Sisodia said,”Some changes have been made.”
- He said, of its total length, 67 km would be elevated and the rest underground, adding that the mass rapid transit’s ridership will increase by about 8.5 lakh once it is operational.
- He added,”Monthly progress report of the project will be submitted to the Delhi government.”
- 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 km and Phase-III, which will see a staggered launch in 2017, will add another 140 km to it.
* Rithala – Narela (21.73 km)
* Inderlok – Indraprastha (12.58 km)
* Tughlakabad – Aerocity (20.20 km)
* Lajpat Nagar – Saket G-Block (7.96 km)
* Janakpuri (west) – RK Ashram (28.92 km)
* Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km)
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