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Delhi Metro to cross another milestone

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is ready to commence work on its Phase-IV in a few months from now. With the execution of Phase-IV, the total length of the Delhi Metro network will go up to 434 km, making it the third largest metro network in the world..


Delhi Metro to cross another milestone| ProjectsToday


The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the metro rail was recently submitted to the Delhi government and the Union Urban Development Ministry for approval. DMRC has proposed a 103.93 km long corridor in Phase-IV, which is likely to be completed by 2022.


As per the report, the proposed corridors are Rithala to Narela (21.73 km), Janak Puri West to RK Ashram (28.92 km), Mukundpur to Maujpur (12.54 km), Inderlok to Indraprastha (12.58 km), Aero City to Tughlakabad (20.20 km), and Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block (7.96 km). The project will be implemented over a span of 72 months starting April 2016 and ending by March 2022. The project execution schedule was worked out with the assumption that the required land would be made available within six months of the sanction of Phase-IV.


Delhi Metro Rail Project - Phase-III, is presently under execution with completion scheduled for December 2016. The project comprises six corridors of 135.4 km, with 41.05 km of elevated section and 38.46 km of underground section. DMRC recently completed twin tunnels at Dabri Mor on the Janakpuri West - Botanical Garden corridor of Phase-III. An agreement was also signed with development authorities of Noida and Greater Noida for two metro extensions from City Centre to Noida Sector 62 and City Centre to Greater Noida.


The Delhi Metro network is presently 190 km long with 139 stations. Phase-I was completed in December 2005 with an investment of Rs 10,571 crore. Phase-II of the project was completed in August 2011 with an investment of Rs 16,094 crore.


In February 2008, DMRC awarded the Airport Express Line, part of Phase-II, to a consortium of Reliance Infra [ADAG Group] (95 per cent) and CAF, Spain (five per cent) through a global competitive bidding process under the PPP framework. A special purpose vehicle, namely, Delhi Airport Metro Express Private (DAMEPL) was incorporated to implement the project. The consortium will undertake operations and maintenance of the Rs 2,800 crore metro line for a concession period of 30 years.

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The Airport Express Line was opened for commercial services in February 2011. Most of the metro networks with more than 200 stations are operated by multiple operators, while within the Delhi city, apart from the six stations of the Airport link, all other lines are run by DMRC.


Completion of the ongoing Phase-III project will take the total length of Delhi Metro to 330 km and the number of stations to 241. With the completion of Phase-IV, the Delhi Metro will become 434 km long and the number of stations will go up to 308. This will make it the third largest metro network in the world after Shanghai (538 km) and Beijing (465 km). Presently, the Metro is the tenth largest network ranking globally. It will also become the only third metro network in the world to have more than 300 stations; the other two being the New York City Subway (422) and Paris Subway (301).


Recently, in an online customer survey, Delhi Metro was ranked second among 18 international Metro systems in terms of overall customer satisfaction.


Other than the Delhi Metro Rail Network, there are over 32 metro rail projects under various stages of implementation across India. These projects entail a combined investment of Rs 3,28,377 crore.


Quote of the week:

  Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson
"Construction on all corridors has begun. There were some issues related to land acquisition in some areas, but the work is running on schedule. The Delhi Metro (Phase-III) will meet its deadline of December 2016"

Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson

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