Delhi Metro`s Phase-III may get bigger

Delhi Metro`s Phase-III is likely to get a little bigger with the Union Urban Development Ministry keen on including three corridors.

New Delhi: Delhi Metro`s Phase-III is likely
to get a little bigger with the Union Urban Development
Ministry keen on including three corridors that would provide
connectivity to Najafgarh, Shiv Vihar and Bahadurgarh in
Haryana under the project which has a 2016 deadline.

The Empowered Group of Ministers on Mass Rapid Transit
System had on Tuesday approved the Phase-III at a length of
103.50 km with four corridors which would be implemented at a
cost of Rs 35,242 crore with 40 per cent funding from Japan
International Cooperation Agency.

At the meeting, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath
highlighted the long-pending demands from residents of
Najafgarh and Shiv Vihar areas in the capital for Metro
connectivity and the need for connecting these areas under the
Phase-III itself.

Delhi Metro has already prepared detailed project reports
(DPR) for connecting Dwarka with Najafgarh and Mundka with
Bahadurgarh in Haryana.

While the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor envisages four
stations at a length of 5.50 km, the Mundka-Bahadurgarh
standard gauge corridor will be 11-km long with six stations.

On Nath`s request, the EGoM headed by Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee decided that three corridors will be brought
before the committee as a supplementary item for approval for
inclusion of them in Phase-III, ministry officials said.

The three corridors are Yamuna Vihar-Shiv Vihar,
extension of Mundka line to Bahadurgarh and Dwarka-Najafgarh,
they said.

The corridors which have been approved on the Phase-III
are Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Kalinidikunj,
Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri-Badli.

The meeting, at the instance of Nath, also asked the
Delhi Metro to conduct surveys for Metro connectivity from
Shiv Vihar to Mukundpur and extension of Metro from Rithala to

Delhi Metro, which currently has a network of 190 km, has
already started preliminary work like conducting geo-technical
survey, soil and other mandatory tests on all the proposed
corridors to save time.

The minister said by 2021, when all four phases of Delhi
Metro projects are complete, the capital will have 428 km of
Metro network, making it among the largest metro networks in
the world.

He said the Phase-III project is expected to be completed
by March 2016 and the ridership is expected to be 40 lakh.
"The ridership is expected to be 48.32 lakh in 2021 and 65.62
lakh in 2031," Nath said.

Besides, the EGoM also cleared the 14-km corridor
connecting Badarpur with YMCA Chowk in Faridabad at a cost of
Rs 2,533 crore.

The Mukundpur corridor will be the longest with 56 km and
35 stations and will provide connectivity to the Northern,
Western and Eastern parts of Delhi. The line will also have
the third bridge on Yamuna River.

The Janakpuri West-Munirka-Kalindikunj corridor will
cover 34 km and have 22 stations, providing connectivity to
the southeastern parts of Delhi with the western part of the

The Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor will be an
extension of the Badarpur-Central Secretariat corridor. When
the Faridabad corridor comes up, it will be integrated with
this corridor.

The Jahangirpuri-Badli corridor will cover 4 km and will
have four stations -- Jahangirpuri, Shalimar Place, Rohini
Sector 18, Badli and provides connectivity to outer Ring Road,
Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and Badli enabling commuters to
avail interstate buses and trains.


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