New Delhi: Delhi Metro will cover the whole
of the capital in the next ten years and its effort would be
to keep the fares minimal to make the modern transport system
"very popular" and "affordable" to all.
The Phase-III, work on which has already started, will
cover 103-km, the Phase-IV will bring another 104-km of the
capital under the Metro map and a Phase-V may be required as
the city is expanding, Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan said.
He also said Metro is the only viable and cheapest mode
of modern transport network that would reduce congestion in
densely populated cities of the country.
"Metro should cover the whole of the city. For this,
Phase-III should be completed and then Phase-IV should also be
completed. 2021 is our target (for connecting entire Delhi)
that means another 10 years," he told news agency in an interview.
Asked how much of Delhi would the Metro cover, he said:
"More or less the entire city we would cover. The city is
expanding and population is increasing."
By the time the Phase-IV is completed in 2021, Sreedharan
said, the Delhi Metro may have to redraw its plans as Phase-V
would be required.
"It has to be a continous Metro building in Delhi to cope
up with the population increase," he said.
However, the `Metro Man` ruled out increase in passenger
fare for the next one year unless the inflation is so high
that "we have to make up for our expenditure."
"We have not thought of any revision. I don`t think we
will raise the fare for another one year unless the inflation
is so high that we have to make up for our expenditure," he
said in response to a query in this regard.
"We have no intention to increase the fares as it is
although many people are prepared to pay more. We want to make
it very popular, affordable so that people come away from the
roads to the Metro," Sreedharan said. Once the Phase-IV is completed in 2021, Delhi Metro would have a network of 440 km overtaking London`s Underground.
The `Metro Man` also took a dig at the Delhi Master Plan
2021 calling it a "very negative one" as it does not allow
vertical growth of the national capital.
"Delhi is a city which is spreading horizontally not
vertically. Delhi doesn`t have many multi-storied buildings.
The master plan is a very negative type of a master plan and
the Urban Development Minister has given adverse comments on
Delhi Master plan," he said.
Contending that the city should grow vertically,
Sreedharan said that would allow the Metro to serve more
number of people.
"Since the growth is horizontal (in Delhi), that is why
the intensity of Metro network takes time. In other cities, so
many line will criss-cross the entire city. Here some of our
lines are 48 and 49 kms long," he said.
He also said he was expecting that the Master Plan will
be changed and another two-three years time the vertical
growth will be possible. "We need to have multi-storied
buildings," he said.
The Delhi metro chief also said efforts were on to expand
the existing four and six coach trains to eight coach ones to
meet the ever-increasing ridership.
"We have already placed orders for eight-coach trains and
they will start coming to us by September next year. By the
end of next year, congested lines like Line 2 (Gurgaon
Corridor) and Line 3 (Dwarka-Noida/Anand Vihar Line) will have
eight coach trains," he said.