New Delhi: Delhi Metro`s ambitious Phase-II
project, which connected the satellite cities of Noida and
Gurgaon to the national capital, today inched closer to
completion with the inauguration of the Central
Secretariat-Sarita Vihar corridor.
Drawn out only in 2006, the Phase-II envisaged adding
another 125 km network to the Delhi Metro.
The sense of achievement was visible in the face of
`Metro Man` E Sreedharan, who said today was a great day in
the history of DMRC as the Badarpur line rolled out to the
The line missed its September 30 deadline and Delhi Metro
got the mandatory safety certificate only yesterday.
A visibly relieved and elated Sreedharan told reporters
that the Phase-II was originally scheduled to be completed by
2011, but the deadline was pushed to September this year
keeping in mind the Commonwealth Games.
"It is a matter of great pride and glory for all of us
in Delhi Metro that the Badarpur line has been substantially
opened up to Sarita Vihar. This marks almost the completion of
our Phase-II project," he said.
This particular line was important as it was a crucial
link to the main Commonwealth Games venue of Jawaharlal Nehru
A small stretch connecting Sarita Vihar with Badarpur
and the Airport Express Line, which will be operated by a
consortium led by Reliance, are the only lines pending under
the Phase-II project.
The Central Secretariat-Badarpur line was the last to
get sanction in April 2007, thus leaving just three years and
four months for the Delhi Metro to finish the line.
Delhi Metro built a new station for the broad gauge line
near the existing Central Secretariat station and integrated
with the old one. For a passenger, it will look as if it is a
While the Phase-I covered 65 km, Phase-II envisaged
covering 125-km that connected Delhi with Noida, Gurgaon while
Metro also reached Jahangirpuri in north Delhi, Anand Vihar in
east Delhi and Nehru Place in south Delhi.
The lines which were constructed under the Phase-II are
Shahdara-Dilshad Garden (3.9 km), Indraprastha-Noida Sector 32
(15.07 km), Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar ISBT (6.17 km),
Vishwavidyalaya-JahangirPuri (6.36 km), Inderlok-Mundka (18.46
km), Central Secretariat-HUDA City Centre (27.45 km), Dwarka
Sector 9 to Dwarka Sector 21 (2.76 km), Airport Express Line
(22.70 km) and Central Secretariat-Badarpur (20.04 km).
DMRC officials said the Phase-II was really challenging
as there was very little time for them to plan and execute
"We just had four years to construct 125 km Metro rail
network. But, still we kept the Games deadline. The deadlines
were pushed up to provide connectivity before the Games," an
As the Phase-II nears completion, the DMRC is also
witnessing a constant increase in its ridership. Currently,
the ridership is 15 lakh on an average day and it is expected
to be 20 lakh by the end of this year.
Metro has introduced new trains on almost all lines and
is likely to introduce six-coach trains by the end of this
year to reduce pressure.