Months after it gave in-principle approval to Phase IV of the Metro project, the Delhi government has finally given the cabinet nod to the same. There will be six corridors, measuring 103 km, under this project and they will be built at a cost of Rs.50,000 crore.
The project is scheduled to take six years to be completed. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the decision would “go a long way“ in reducing congestion and pollution in the city .
The project details will be sent to the urban development ministry for approval, after which the tendering process will start. Sources said that work on Phase IV should start this year itself.
The six corridors approved for the next phase are Rithala-Bawana-Narela (21.73 km), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58 km), Aerocity-Tughlakabad (20.20 km), Lajpat Nagar-Saket G-Block (7.96 km), Janakpuri (west)-RK Ashram (28.92 km) and Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km). The new phase will add around 8.5 lakh riders to the Delhi Metro network.While the longest corridor in this phase will be the Janakpuri (West)-RK Ashram corridor, the shortest one will be Lajpat Nagar-Saket G block.
The lines will be mostly elevated ones--66.92 km elevated and 37.01 km underground.
With the completion of 103 km-long Phase IV , the total length of the Metro network will cross the 450 km mark. Its detailed project report (DPR) was cleared in June 2016.