In 2006, under its former chief E Sreedharan, Delhi Metro had set out with a mission to bring one station within 500m of every residential colony in the city by 2020. That mission won’t be accomplished even after the proposed phase 4 gets over by 2021.
On the verge of completing the detailed project report of phase 4, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has admitted that the idea is unfeasible.
“After the completion of phase 4, we’ll be able to ensure a Metro station within two to three km of prominent residential colonies,” said SD Sharma, director (business development), DMRC. He admitted that the problem of last-mile connectivity will not be solved without a robust feeder system.
“Keeping in view the city’s law and order situation, the government should come forward with a strong feeder policy so that commuters, especially women, do not find it unsafe to commute during night hours,” he added.
DMRC, which barely runs only 100 mini-feeder buses, is planning to take up the issue with the Delhi government. Its plan to introduce 400 new feeder buses has already missed several deadlines in the past four years.
“We (DMRC) alone cannot create a robust feeder system. It should be a joint duty of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and DMRC,” said a senior DMRC official.
Some of the important residential and commercial hubs that will have Metro stations in phase 3 include Dhaula Kuan, Nehru Place, Mayur Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Naraina, Janakpuri, Okhla, Jasola, Rohini and Greater Kailash.
In phase 4, prominent residential and commercial hubs including Lajpat Nagar, Saket, RK Ashram Marg and Mukundpur will have Metro stations close by.