Delhi set for expanded Metro service adding 140km of train lines and 15 lakh new passengers

By RAKESH RANJAN  www.dailymail.co.uk

After the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) Phase III becomes fully operational in the next two years, the Delhi Metro will provide better connectivity to faraway areas such as Badli, Bawana, Najafgarh, Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida and some landmarks and important destinations like the IGI Airport domestic terminal and the Red Fort besides major city hospitals.

The Phase III project, which is the biggest of all DMRC endeavours so far, will add 140km to the existing Metro network and close to 15 lakh passengers to its daily users.

Once commissioned, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 330km and 234 stations, making it the seventh largest Metro network in the world.

Sanghai Metro has the largest network of 424km with an equal number of stations.

“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 will meet its deadline of December 2016,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

The Delhi Metro has already opened first section of Phase III between Central Secretariat and Mandi House, which is a part of the ‘heritage line’ leading to Kashmere Gate via Janpath, ITO, Delhi Gate and the Red Fort.

The DMRC plans to open the ITO station by this year-end. Lakhs of travellers along the congested Ring Road and Outer Ring Road will immensely benefit from the Phase III project.

Five major stations along the Ring Road-Sarai Kale Khan, Sarojini Nagar, Bhikaji Cama Place, Dhaula Kuan and Naraina-are not only expected to take the vehicular load off to a great extent, but it will also boost the ring rail network of the Indian Railways.

Similarly, residents of areas like Vasant Vihar, R.K. Puram and Munirka along the Outer Ring Road will benefit from the upcoming Metro service. More info

 

 

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