Metro phase-III: Delhi govt nod to five new routes

The Delhi government on Monday gave its nod to a revised proposal for Metro`s phase-III.

Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday gave
its nod to a revised proposal for Metro`s phase-III --
including two new lines and extension of another three
existing routes -- and will now send the recommendation to a
Group of Ministers (GoM) for clearance.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting presided over
by the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

"We have approved five routes of a total length of 108 km
under the Metro third phase and now we will send this to the
GoM. A route from Najafgarh to Dwarka has been added," Dikshit
told reporters.

Delhi government has decided to commission two lines --
Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri West-Noida Botanical
Garden and extend three existing routes -- Badarpur-Central
Secretariat up to Kashmere Gate, HUDA City Centre-Gurgaon-
Jahangirpuri up to to Badli and Dwarka line up to Najafgarh.

Dikshit stated that her government is keen to extend the
coverage of Delhi Metro service in the capital as its services
have been reliable, fast, pollution-free and hassle-free.

Under Phase-II, route length of 108 km has almost been
commissioned except a section of 3.32 km from Kirti Nagar to
Ashok Park, which is likely to be commissioned in the next two

Dikshit said in all, 67 stations will come up under the
third phase. Around 41 km of line will be underground and rest
67 km will be elevated. The anticipated cost of Phase-III will
be over Rs 30,000 crore including taxes and duties.

One of the new routes is Mukundpur-Rajouri Garden-Dhaula
Kuan-Anand Vihar-Yamuna Vihar with 35 stations and total route
length of around 56 km. This line will pass through Naraina
with a new Metro station. Another new route is Janakpuri
West-Munirka-Kalkaji-Jamia-Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden Noida
with 22 stations and route of around 34 km.

Central Secretariat-Badapur Line will be extended up to
Kashmere Gate with seven stations and route length of around
10 km. Another line is to be extended from HUDA City Centre,
Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri up to Badli with three new stations and
route of length of around 5 km.

The extension of 5 km route on existing Dwarka line up to
Najafgarh has also been approved.

Dikshit added that with completion of the third phase it
is expected that entire Ring Road will be connected with Metro
service which will provide much relief to the commuters.

The Cabinet has also decided to get prepared a detailed
project report on priority basis for extension of existing
Dilshad Garden-Rithala line up to Bawana.

The Cabinet also discussed the issue of framing a policy
on unauthorised religious structures on public land in the
city and said norms will be formulated in a couple of days.

"All members expressed their views. We have created a
formulation and the officers will fine-tune it in the next
two-three days. It will then be finalised. It is a sensitive
issue and as there are so many land-owning agencies here, we
will have to decide what responsibilities will be given to
them," the Chief Minister said.

Earlier on April 4, the Delhi government had said it will
soon frame a comprehensive policy to remove, relocate or
regularise unauthorised religious structures in the city.

A senior Delhi government official had said the policy is
being framed following a direction of the Supreme Court which
had asked the state governments not to allow any unauthorised
constructions in the name of religious structures.