Delhi Metro's further expansion in just one step away. Delhi cabinet on Monday gave its approval to construct three new lines and extend the existing two lines in the capital.
"The proposal will now be sent to the empowered group of ministers. Once cleared in the GoM, Delhi Metro will be able to start construction on these sections," a senior Delhi government official said.
The proposed expansion would span 108-kilometres and cost about Rs30,000 crore.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) constructed three lines in Phase 1 spanning 65 kilometres and six corridors in phase 2 spanning 125 kilometres. With the addition of 108 km in phase 3, the total metro network in Delhi and NCR would go up to 300 kilometres.
Of the three new corridors, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will take up in phase 3, one will run parallel to the Ring Road and connect east Delhi with south Delhi and west Delhi and the other would run parallel to outer Ring Road connecting Noida with South Delhi and West Delhi.
Incidentally, the Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur line would also be the longest metro corridor spanning 56 kilometers.
"With these two lines, we have tried to create two rings of metro in Delhi. We will now create grids and connect these metro lines with residential colonies with buses and para-transit like auto-rickshaws," said a senior transport department official.
The other three lines cleared by the Delhi Cabinet include a new line from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate that would run via Mandi House, ITO, Darya Ganj and Red Fort.
This new section will not only benefit a large number of people working in offices at Indraprastha Estate but will also help decongest the existing Kashmere Gate-Central Secretariat line, officials said.
The proposed phase 3 network also includes the extension of Gurgaon-Jehangirpuri line up to Badli in north Delhi and Noida-Dwarka line up to Najafgarh.
The Centre has allotted Rs1,351 crore as budgetary support for it for Phase 3 in 2011-2012.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is likely to get about 40% of the total cost of the project from a Japanese agency as soft loan.