Hat tip to reader Ratish for bringing this to my attention.
Back in March 2016, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation setup a dedicated webpage on their site to demarcate the influence zones of all existing, under construction and proposed lines on Google Maps. The aim of doing that was to help residents and builders determine if they required a ‘No Objection Certificate’ prior to starting construction. For metro enthusiasts, this was a gold mine of information as it showed what the alignments of future lines would look like.
Now, with Delhi Metro’s Phase 4’s routes finalized in July, the DMRC has revised the webpage and displayed what the alignment of the reinstated 7.96 km Lajpat Nagar – Saket G Block line will look like. This elevated line is proposed to be a spur of the upcoming 22.20 km Tughlakabad – IGI Terminal 1 line and will consist of 6 stations at Saket-G Block, Sheikh Sarai, Chirag Delhi, GK-1, Andrews Ganj and Lajpat Nagar.
I’ve reproduced the map here displaying the location of all the proposed stations. The unadulterated version of it can be viewed here.
As opposed to routing it on the busy Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, the DMRC has chosen an interesting alignment that cuts through Saket’s Pushp Vihar, runs along the Chirag Delhi Drain, emerges out on to LBS Marg near the Kendriya Vidyalaya School in Andrews Ganj and then finally goes on to meet the Lajpat Nagar station. Along the way, the line will form an interchange with the under construction Magenta Line’s Chirag Delhi station where the interchange setup will look similar to the Lajpat Nagar/Kalkaji Mandir stations with one elevated and one underground line built in different phases.
If you notice carefully, the line is proposed to pass right through the sector road dividing Select Citywalk Mall and Saket District Court, so an additional station built there would be quite beneficial and my only recommendation.
Phase 4’s Current Status
While the upcoming phase’s lines have been finalized, the DMRC’s MD Mangu Singh in an interview published yesterday highlighted that funding still remains unclear with the Delhi Government yet to take a decision on JICA’s step loan. As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a long way to go for this phase to be approved and as such, I’m expecting the DMRC to begin the tendering/bidding stage for construction only in the year 2018.
For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!