DELHI (Metro Rail News): DMRC chief Mangu Singh, on Thursday said that the Delhi Metro is not facing any major delay or additional cost for the phase 4 project, and some of the sections of two of the three priority corridors are planned to be opened by March next year.
He said that the fourth phase of the project completion may get extended to March 2025, though the urban transporter is still working with the December 2024 completion timeline. The work on phase IV was started in December 2019 but it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 in Delhi.
Currently, the DMRC is undertaking construction work on 65.2 km of three priority corridors which include 45 stations under the project — Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg (28.92 km), Majlis Park-Maujpur (12.55 km), which are extensions of Magenta Line and Pink Line, and Tughalakabad-Aerocity (23.62 km) that will be the ‘Silver Line’, connecting the operational Violet Line and Airport Line from the respective ends.
Singh said, “At this stage, I don’t foresee any major delay, and no major cost overrun either. The systems are in place, things are moving quite ok, and the time loss during the pandemic, I am very hopeful, we will catch up. And, maybe within a year’s time, we will start opening the phase 4 sections one by one, part by part”.
“So, small sections of both Line 7 (Pink Line) and Line 8 (Magenta Line), which are being built as part of phase 4 priority corridors, would probably be operational in a year’s time from now, or by March 2023,” he added.
In March 2019, the Centre approved three out of the six corridors of the Delhi Metro’s phase 4 which will further improve connectivity in the national capital.