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DMRC to Open the First Section of Phase IV by July 2024

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): In an interview with the PTI, The DMRC Chief informed about the target freshly set by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Owing to the delays incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project has already suffered plenty of time loss. 

New Targets 

The DMRC chief, in an interview with PTI, said, ”The first section of Delhi Metro’s Phase IV is to be  opened by  July 2024.” The Magenta Line from Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg runs along 28.92 Km with a 21.18 Km elevated structure & remaining 7.74 Km to be underground. 

DMRC Chief also said, “ Besides the commissioning of the 2.5-3 km segment, the whole Majlis Park-Maujpur corridor is planned to be opened by March 2025. 

Undergoing Projects 

The DMRC is currently working on three projects simultaneously, namely

  1. Janakpuri West – RK Ashram Marg (28.92 Km) 
  2. Majlis Park- Maujpur ( 12.55 Km) 
  3. Aerocity- Tughlaqabad ( 23.62 km) 

The first two are the extensions of the existing Magenta Line & Pink Line, while the third one is the Silver Line connecting the Violet Line & Airport Express Line at their respective ends. As a whole, DMRC is currently working on 65.2 Km of Three Priority Corridors spanning 45 stations. 

Technological Breakthroughs 

MD, DMRC said, ” The construction of phase IV has brought many firsts for the country, and ‘beam-technology enabled TBMs’ are being used in the Phase to assess strata layers in advance so that ‘there are no surprises’ during the drilling process”. 

Work Status

When asked about the progress in Phase IV, the DMRC chief said. ” Overall, about 40 per cent of work has been completed”. He also said, ”I do not see any major cost overruns due to the pandemic. But, delay, as I have already told you, we have already shifted the milestones.” 

Financial Health of DMRC 

COVID-19 had a significant impact on the financial record of DMRC. The DMRC incurred losses for two straight years after the COVID-19 pandemic. In the third year, it generated an operational surplus of Rs 50 crore. Noe, in the coming year, it is expected to generate a surplus of Rs 600 Cr. The DMRC chief remarked, “ We are, in fact, inching back towards the normal”. 

Major Achievements so far  

The DMRC has been a pioneer in bringing new technologies to the nation. Some of its key innovations include:

  1. Tokens & Contactless Cards
  2. Sustainable energy through Solar Power, 
  3. Unmanned Train Operations (UTO). 

The DMRC plans to adopt Unmanned Train Operations (UTO) very soon. 


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