The Delhi Metro is going places, with a union cabinet sub-committee approving three new extension lines, which will cover rural parts of Delhi and Haryana.
In spite of financial constraints, an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) approved proposals by the urban development ministry to extend the Dwarka line to Najafgarh in west Delhi, Mundka line to Bahadurgarh in Haryana and increase the length of the underconstruction MukundpurYamuna Vihar line to Shiv Vihar.
The extensions, which will stretch over 20km, will cost the government Rs.3,500 crore. After this, there will be no more extensions in Phase-III of Delhi Metro, which was approved in August 2011 and will be completed by 2015. It will cost the government Rs.35,242 crore, of which Rs.19,182 crore is being provided as loan by Japan International Development Agency (JICA).
Because of increasing debt, the government had opposed fully government-funded metros in the 12th plan (2012-17). But the ministry felt these extensions would help develop areas where the Metro reached.
The Delhi Metro, which has a network spanning 189km, is used by 15lakh people daily.