Cabinet Approves 3 Corridors Under Delhi Metro Phase-IV
The Union Cabinet on March 7 approved Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro, paving the way for the construction of three new corridors, including the Mukundpur-Maujpur corridor, the RK Ashram-Janakpuri West corridor and the Aero City-Tughlakabad corridor. The combined length of these corridors will be 61.679 kilometre, spanning 46 Metro stations, 17 underground and 29 elevated.
To be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 25,000 crore, the three corridors take the Metro deeper into the national capital, improving connectivity while at the same time reducing traffic congestion. In December last year, the Delhi government had given a go-ahead to this project. The deadline for project completion is December 31, 2024.
The funding crunch
After the Cabinet's approval, the Metro expansion plan is again stuck due to a fresh funding dispute between the Centre and the Delhi government. According to the officials, the state government’s share of the expenditure for the three corridors to be constructed by 2024 had increased by 30.86 per cent after the Union Cabinet granted approval. According to the document, the cost (Rs 2,447.19 crore) to be borne by the Delhi government for land for the three lines only is more than what it was earlier asked to pay (Rs 2,121.5 crore) for all the six lines. While the DMRC has started the designing work for Phase IV, including structural drawings that will take up to three months. The process of finalising and floating tenders can only start after the drawings are prepared.
Mukundpur-Maujpur: An extension on the Pink Line, this 12.54-km route with six stations will be the shortest route in Phase-IV. The Mukundpur Metro Station will act as the interchange station and connect the Pink Line with Janakpuri (West)-RK Ashram line. Stations on this route are
Tughlakabad-Aerocity: An extension of the Violet Line, this 20.20-km-15- stop stretch will provide connectivity to those travelling from Faridabad to Gurgaon. The Tughlakabad Metro Station will act as the interchange station. Running through densely populated localities.
Saket G Block
Anandmayee Marg Junction
Tughlakabad Railway Colony
Janakpuri (West)-RK Ashram:This 28.92-km extension of the Magenta Line will have 25 stations, the highest number of stations in three approved corridors. The Janakpuri-West Metro Station will act as an interchange hub connecting the Blue Line with the Magenta Line.
Krishan Park Ext.
Once this phase is complete, the Metro route will cross the 400-km mark of total length.