The southern part of the Capital, which has the highest number of privately-owned cars, is all set to benefit the most from the proposed Metro expansion project under phase III.
At present, Metro covers only 34km in south Delhi. Under phase 3, which is scheduled to be completed by 2016, the DMRC plans to spread the network to 35km more in the district.
The Delhi Metro caters to around two lakh commuters from south Delhi daily. According to the detailed project report, it will serve around four lakh people from the district daily after the completion of phase III.
Two main corridors of phase 3 — Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur and Janakpuri west-Botanical Garden corridor — will pass through south Delhi, which covers 41% of the total Capital area. The district has a population of 23 lakh. South Delhi, considered to be the most posh area, is one of the nine historical districts in the Capital.
Localities like Greater Kailash, CR Park, Alaknanda, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Defence Colony, New Friends Colony, Gulmohar Park, Gulmohar Enclave and Vasant Kunj are situated here.
“In phase III, south Delhi residents are going to benefit immensely. With 26 new Metro stations, covering all strategic locations and four interchange facilities, almost all parts of the district will be connected by Metro,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.
There is no Metro interchange facility in the district. In phase 3 project, interchange stations have been planned at INA, Lajpat Nagar, Hauz Khas and Kalkaji Mandir, said DMRC officials.
“Metro will directly link south Delhi to the domestic terminal of IGIA, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida. Besides, it will provide direct connectivity to post residential areas, markets and educational institutes,” Dayal said.