Delhi Metro| Phase-IV plan hits roadblock as project report gets caught up in political wrangling

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New Delhi: The proposed phase-IV of the Delhi Metro appears to have been stuck in political glitches even before ground could be broken on the ambitious project.

With a new government taking over in Delhi this year, the all-essential detailed project report (DPR) for the phase-IV project has been stuck for over one year.

Sources said it will take not less than three months for granting final approval to the DPR.

Notably, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, on Wednesday, had stated in Parliament that the Delhi government had to decide on the phase-IV project as it was being delayed at its end.

As per the original plan, work on the project was likely to start in April 2016 and various sections could be opened in phases from March 2020.

The entire project was planned to be completed by 2021-end. Sources said once the DPR is approved, it will take at least six months to acquire land.

“The completion date is subject to acquisition of land required for the project within six months period from date of sanction of project,” the DPR said.

The phase-IV project, which aims to connect the interiors as well as the distant location on outskirts of Delhi and NCR, would add 103.93 km to its network of 330 km at the end of phase III.

The Delhi Metro, at present, is 190 km long and construction of 140 km in the ongoing phase III would increase its total length to 330 km.

As per the DPR, 67 new stations would come up on six new corridors proposed by the Delhi Metro.

The new corridors include Rithala – Narela (21.73 km), Janakpuri West – RK Ashram (28.92 km), Mukundpur – Maujpur (12.54 km), Inderlok – Indraprastha (12.58 km), Tughlakabad – Aerocity (20.20 km) and Lajpat Nagar – Saket GBlock (7.96 km).

Completion of the new corridors would bring remote locations like Narela, Maujpur, Madangir, Bawana, Barwala, Mukundpur, Najafgarh, Chhawla and Mahipalpur on the metro map.

Earlier, the Delhi Metro had made certain changes in the initial project layout following suggestions given by the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), an engineering consultancy company.

The RITES had conducted a traffic survey and found that some changes in the plan would benefit more people. Completion of the phase-IV project would benefit nearly 60 lakh people daily.

The daily ridership on Delhi Metro at present is 26 lakh which is estimated to go up to 40 lakh on completion of phase III by the end of 2016.

The proposed corridors would link the existing routes of phase I, II and III through different routes and thus will reduce the travel time and expense.

The focus in the metro’s phase IV will be to connect areas that have not been linked with the Delhi Metro till phase III.

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