New Delhi, Metro Rail News: Once Delhi government and the central government approve Delhi Metro Phase IV, it will take 5 years to complete 104 km of tracks of Delhi Metro Phase IV. Metro connectivity will reach the far-flung areas of Delhi and reduce journey time across the city. With the new interchange points, the urban rail network will give commuters more options to avoid lengthy detours.
For the moment, Delhi government has asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to have a relook at the project costs and seek its re-approval it is placed before the cabinet. The DMRC board is expected to meet next week.
Among the 6 new corridors to come up, the proposed 23-km Janakpuri West to R K Ashram Marg line, the longest in Phase IV, will connect west, northwest and north Delhi. The corridor with 25 stations and will start from the existing Janakpuri West station, which is an interchange station for the Blue Line (Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida City Centre) and Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden).
The corridor will cross the Green Line (Inderlok-City Park) at Peeragarhi and will the Pink Line twice at Majlis Park and Azadpur. It also crosses the Red (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) and Yellow Lines (HUDA City Centre-Samaypur Badli) twice at Pitampura and Pul Bangash and before terminating at R K Ashram Marg station on Blue Line.
The shorter 12.5-km Majlis Park-Maujpur corridor will have six stations with both the terminal stations serving as interchange stations and will be a vital link between north and northeast Delhi. The similarly short Inderlok-Indraprastha line (12.6 km) will have 10 stations with both terminal stations being interchanges and in addition crossing the Yellow and Violet (Kashmere Gate-Raja Nahar Singh station) lines at New Delhi and Delhi Gate, respectively. It will link north Delhi with central parts of the city. The proposed Nabi Karim station on this line will be an additional interchange between the new Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg and Inderlok-Indraprastha corridors.
The 20-km Tughlakabad-Delhi Aerocity line will provide connectivity between south Delhi and Indira Gandhi International Airport. This corridor will have 15 stations and interchanges with the Violet and Airport Express lines. A third interchange point will come up at the proposed Saket G Block station.
The Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block corridor, the shortest corridor in Phase IV at 8 km, will have seven stations. The terminal stations will be interchanges and another with the Magenta Line at Chirag Delhi. This corridor will link the existing Magenta and Pink (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) corridors and the proposed Tughlakabad-Delhi Aerocity corridor.
The only corridor in Phase IV without an interchange point is the 21.7-km Rithala-Narela line, which is an extension of the existing Red Line. This corridor will have 16 stations and will provide metro connectivity to Narela sub city, which has failed to develop due to the lack of connectivity with the city center.
“The corridors proposed in Phase IV are likely to have 19 interchange points, of which five are already operational, these being Janakpuri West, Azadpur, New Delhi, Inderlok and,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
He added, “From the engineering standpoint, this phase is going to involve intricate engineering challenges because the interchanges have to be built and planned in such a manner that existing operations are not disturbed while integrating them at minimum distances for travelers to cover when changing lines.” The Janakpuri West-R K Ashram corridor, with its nine interchange stations across four lines, is expected to be particularly challenging.