On Friday evening, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi announced via a tweet their cabinet’s long-pending approval for the Delhi Metro’s 103 km Phase 4 project which includes the construction of 6 lines with 72 stations. The decision to approve the project is brilliant news for the city and now only the Central Government’s approval & other pre-construction legwork stands between its implementation.
Many of you already know what’s in store for Delhi. If not, then see a list of Phase 4’s lines and stations along with a map here.
• New Lines:
Tughlakabad – Aerocity/IGI Terminal 1 (20.20/22.20 km) – shown in moss green below
Lajpat Nagar – Saket G-Block (7.96 km) – shown in moss green below
Inderlok – Indraprastha (12.58 km) – shown in aqua below
Note: Official line colors have not yet been assigned.
• Extensions of Existing Lines:
#1 – Red line – Rithala – Narela (21.73 km)
#7 – Pink line – Mukundpur – Maujpur (12.54 km)
#8 – Magenta line – Janakpuri West – R.K. Ashram (28.92 km)
1. As of January 9, the Delhi Government’s Press Release page or Cabinet Decision page have no mention of the approval. Not one notice or blurb. Other state governments have done a stellar job in reporting such cabinet decision milestones. Recent examples include this notice by the MP government for Bhopal & Indore’s metros and this notice by the Uttar Pradesh government for Kanpur’s metro. If you spot any official circular, press release or note, then do leave a comment below.
2. No information has been divulged on the project’s funding plan – is JICA on board again? What % of the cost will each entity (Delhi Government, Central Government and Lender) pitch in to fund it? It’s not as simple as 20%-20%-60% or 15%-15%-70% as some reports mention. For phases 1-3, see a proper breakdown here.
Update: The ET reports that DMRC is still in talks with JICA (since 2015), but has not yet been able to strike a deal. DMRC’s MD Mangu Singh says he “hopes” to have JICA’s support for this phase as well.
3. Reports mention the 2 km Aerocity – Airport section of the Tughlakabad line (included in July) has now been dropped. However, just last month the DMRC invited geotechnical investigative bids for it. A clarification on this from the DMRC would really help and I’ll then update the Phase 4 Information page, if required. If the reports are true, then that’s brilliant as this line should ideally continue westward towards Terminal 3, Dwarka, Najafgarh and then follow the path of the discarded Dwarka – Kanjhawala – Prem Piao line to form another circular line around Delhi.
4. Some reports mention construction will start in August 2017. That’s not possible without the appointment of a Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for the new lines or without inviting bids for its construction. DMRC is usually good with tender/contract management, and as witnessed in Phase 3, they can be expected to invite DDC bids within the next 2-4 months followed by a few civil construction bids in the middle of the year even before the central government’s approval is received. That said, construction work will only begin in 2018.
5. Some reports mention Phase 4 will be ready in 2021 or 2022. Again, this is just not possible as we’re already in 2017 and who knows what challenges the construction phase will throw? Maybe we’ll see a proper new deadline (month, year) being announced when the central government approves the project.
6. The Delhi Metro currently has an operational network of 213 km with another 136 km under construction. With a minimum of 103 km of new routes in Phase 4, the Delhi Metro will easily breach the 450 km figure when Phase 4 goes live. But wait, there’s more. The state governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are expected to approve new lines in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and perhaps to Kundli. If and when those approvals come through, we’ll be staring at a 500+ km network 😀
Questions? Thoughts? Anything else you’d like me to talk about or clarify?
Maps for Reference:
By Phase: Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3 | Phase 4
For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!