Note: At the time of publishing this post, the Delhi Government has not released an official press release (visit PR page). The author of the HT article which first broke this news has based his entire piece on a verbal confirmation from Delhi’s Transport Minister Gopal Rai Satyendar Jain and we all know what that can imply. All other articles out there (TOI, BS) have been copied over from a PTI report with no independent fact-checking.
As per all of these reports, the Delhi Government in a recent meeting has approved the Delhi Metro’s Phase 4 project’s Detailed Project Report in its original form with just 1 minor tweak. This comes after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials made another presentation to the Delhi Government in June in which it left it up to the Chief Minister to decide the final routes and whether to entertain changes proposed by some MLAs.
One of the significant changes made since January is the deletion of the 18.6 km Dwarka – Prem Piao line through rural north-west Delhi which the Delhi Government was trying to push the DMRC to build. The minor tweak to the DMRC’s original DPR is the inclusion of a 2 km extension of the Tughlakabad – Aerocity line up to the Magenta Line’s IGI Terminal 1 station.
We’re now back to the original 6 corridors which add up to 105.93 km of which roughly 35 km is expected to be built underground. The total number will go up if and when new proposals in Gurgaon & Kundli (see details) and Ghaziabad (see details) are approved.
• Rithala – Narela (Red line) – 21.73km
Stations: Rohini Sector 26, Rohini Sector 31, Rohini Sector 32, Rohini Sector 36, Rohini Sector 37, Barwala, Put Khurd, Bawana Industrial Area – 1, Bawana Industrial Area – 2, Bawana, Bawana JJ Colony, Sanpath, New Sanath Colony, Anaj Mandi and Narela
• Janakpuri West – R.K. Ashram (Magenta line) – 28.92km
Type: Elevated & Underground
Stations: Krishna Park Extn, Keshpur, Meera Bagh, Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi Chowk, Peergarhi, Mangolpuri, West Enclave, Deepali Chowk, Madhuban Chowk, Rohini East, Prashant Vihar , North Pitampura, Haiderpur, Mukarba Chowk, Bhalaswa, Majlis Park, Azadpur, Ashok Vihar, Derawal Nagar, Rajpura, GG Sabji Mandi, Pulbangash, Sadar Bazar, Nabi Karim and RK Ashram Marg
• Mukundpur – Maujpur (Pink Line) – 12.54km
Stations: Burari Crossing, Jagatpur Village, Surghat, Khajuri Khas, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar and Maujpur
• Tughlakabad – IGI Terminal 1 (22.20 km) – shown in Moss Green
Type: Elevated & Underground
Stations: Tughlakabad, Tughlakabad Railway Colony, Anandmayee Marg Junction, Tigri, Khanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Saket G Block, Saket, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli, Kishangar, Masoodpur, Vasant Kunj (Sec-D), Mahipalpur, Delhi Aerocity and IGI Terminal 1
• Lajpat Nagar – Saket G-Block (7.96 km) – shown in Moss Green
Note: This line will be a spur/branch of the Tughlakabad – IGI line
Stations: Saket-G Block, Sheikh Sarai, Chirag Delhi, GK-1, Andrews Ganj and Lajpat Nagar
• Inderlok – Indraprastha (12.58km) – shown in Aqua
Stations: Inderlok, Dayabasti, Sarai Rohilla, Ahmal Khan Park, Nabi Karim, New Delhi Delhi, LNJP Hospital, Delhi Gate, IG Stadium and Indraprastha
Here are 2 maps which show the alignment of all the lines. Both maps have been embedded into the post to allow you to zoom in/out and explore for yourself!
By Phase: Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3 | Phase 4
After the Delhi government’s official sanction, the proposal will be sent to the Central Government for its approval. The DMRC is yet to reveal the funding pattern for this phase and hasn’t accepted JICA’s revised policy of a step loan in which key equipment will have to be procured from Japanese companies.
If you’ve followed the Delhi section of the site, you already know there’s a long way to go for commercial operations on Phase 3’s new lines to begin. As such, I’m expecting the DMRC to begin Phase 4’s tendering/bidding stage for construction only in the year 2018.
For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!