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By 2021, Capital’s rural areas will be connected by Metro

delhi Updated: May 23, 2012 01:25 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

After connecting almost all major parts of Delhi’s urban and semi-urban areas, the Delhi Metro plans to reach the Capital’s rural parts by 2021.

To meet the target on time, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already prepared a proposed map for phase 4, which includes a 116 km extension project.

The map, which is yet to get a go ahead from state and central governments, shows connectivity to Bawana, Barwala, Puth Khurd and Pehladpur in northwest Delhi,
Mangolpuri and Keshopur in west Delhi, Nand Nagari, New Seemapuri, Bhajanpura, Khajuri Khas and Loni Border in northeast Delhi.

DMRC officials said that the extension hoped to benefit lakhs of residents in these areas by connecting them with the rest of Delhi.

“Our target is to make Metro trains the most viable mode of transport for people across Delhi. The Metro will enter the remote areas of Delhi and benefit people of these areas,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, DMRC.

The Delhi Metro has prepared a tentative route map for the 116 km extension project comprising eight small corridors in phase 4. The proposed corridors include Yamuna Bank - Loni Border (11.97 km), Rithala - Bawana (12.50 km), Janakpuri West - Mukundpur (18.74 km), Mukundpur - Dilshad Garden (17,54 km), Kirti Nagar - Dwarka Sector 28 (18.17 km), Badarpur - Delhi Aerocity (20.79 km), Lajpat Nagar - Madangir (7.33 km) and Azadpur - RK Ashram (8.90 km).

“In phase 4, the emphasis will be on providing connectivity to the interiors and remote areas of Delhi. We have sent a proposal with tentative corridors to the Delhi government and are awaiting a nod from it. Soon, we will start preparing a detailed project report,” said a DMRC official. “These corridors have been planned keeping Delhi’s rural area populace in view,” he said.

Residents of many remote parts of the city are still deprived of a good public transport system. Metro will bring them closure to the heart of the city, said a DMRC official.