The much delayed Phase IV of Delhi Metro is finally set to roll out. The Delhi government has given in-principle approval to the detailed project report for phase IV .
According to officials in the Delhi government, construction on the fourth phase which will consist of six lines will start in 2017 and is scheduled to end in three years.
Six lines, Inderlok--Indraprastha, Tughlakabad--Terminal 1, Lajpat Nagar--Saket G Block, Janakpuri (west)--RK Ashram and Mukundpur-Maujpur are proposed.
The 104-kilometre network will cost Rs.55,000 crore and is expected to see 1.5 million passengers daily .
Phase III is likely to be completed by December and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was seeking approval for the next phase for more than a year. The DMRC proposes to build a 20-km-long corridor between the existing Aerocity and Terminal 1 station.
The line will go through densely populated areas such as Sangam Vihar, Saket, Mehrauli, Vasant Kunj and Mahipalpur of south Delhi.
Passengers travelling on the Violet ITO-Faridabad line will have the option to take the Metro for this corridor from Tughlakabad while passengers on the Yellow Gurgaon line can take the Metro from Saket.
“Currently the airport line is connected only with Gurgaon Jahangirpuri line, that too at New Delhi railway station. Once this line, which is part of phase IV of DMRC, is completed, passengers will have different options of going to airport. From Aerocity , they can take the airport line to go to Terminal 3,“ said a senior DMRC official.
“The project will now be forwarded to the Union government and once the approval comes, tendering process will start,“ the official added.