Five years from now, you can travel to almost any part of the NCR without your vehicle. Delhi Metro — which has changed the way Delhiites commute — will make travelling in the city even more convenient.
Construction for its four corridors under Phase III is slated to begin by the end of this year. The project is expected to be completed by March 2016.
Once all the corridors under phase III are in place, people's dependency on private transport is expected to drastically come down. This phase will cater to all segments of commuters like tourists, students, shoppers, domestic fliers and hospital-goers among others.
From Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, you can go to Aiims and Dhaula Kuan in south Delhi as well as to Mayapuri and Rajouri Garden in west Delhi without changing trains at the congested Rajiv Chowk station. These popular places will fall on the Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur line, which will become Delhi Metro’s longest corridor.
This corridor will also connect a number of areas including South Campus, GT Karnal Road, Wazirpur Industrial Area, South Extension market, Netaji Subhash Place, Britannia Food Factory, ESI Hospital, Rajdhani College, Naraina, Mayapuri, Moti Bagh, INA market, AIIMS, Mayur Vihar, Anand Vihar, Welcome and Yamuna Vihar.
“This will be the first corridor that will reach out to various parts of the city and make Delhi Metro a more dependable mode of public transport,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
This line will connect to the existing Metro routes at three junctions: Azadpur (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor), Netaji Subhash Place (Dilshad Garden-Rithala corridor), Shivaji Park (Inderlok-Mundka corridor), Rajouri Garden (Yamuna Bank-Dwarka corridor), Dhaula Kuan (Airport Expressline), INA (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor), Mayur Vihar Phase 1 (Yamuna Bank-Noida corridor), Anand Vihar (Yamuna Bank-Vaishali corridor) and Welcome (Dilshad Garden-Rithala corridor).
The second proposed line, Janakpuri (West)-Botanical Garden, will take west Delhi residents to the airport, Vasant Vihar, Munirka and RK Puram—all three in south Delhi—directly. It will connect the southeastern parts of the city with the western part.
The route integrates with the existing corridors at three stations: Janakpuri West (Yamuna Bank to Dwarka Sec 21 line), Hauz Khas (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre line) and Nehru Place (Central Secretariat- Badarpur line), thereby enabling commuters to go to prime areas like Dwarka, Gurgaon, Central Secretariat, Badapur and Qutub Minar among others.
Localities like Janakpuri, Palam, Greater Kailash-II, Alaknanda, Nehru Place, Okhla, Jamia Nagar, Kalkaji, Jasola and Kalindi Kunj will be connected by this corridor.
The new Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate route—an extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line—will connect central parts of the city with old Delhi. It will pass through cultural hotspots like Mandi House, Jama Masijid, and Red Fort.
“We are hopeful that we will be able to commence civil works on all the corridors by the end of this year,” said Dayal.