Taking a big step to connect Delhi with the satellite towns, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation made the Yamuna Bank — Noida Sector 32 section operational on Thursday.
With 10 stations — four in Delhi and six in Noida — the 13-kilometre section is expected to add a daily ridership of 53,000 passengers to the metro network. With this, Metro’s operational network now swells to 89 kilometres.
While construction of the remaining five corridors is in full swing, DMRC officials said they are now gearing up for the phase III network.
“We have drawn up a proposal for metro’s Phase III covering 120 kms, of which 85 kms would be in Delhi,” DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan said on Thursday. “It would take another 4-5 months for the detailed project report to be ready.”
The 120-km Phase III proposal include a metro link between Ghazipur in east Delhi to Dhaula Kuan parallel to the Ring Road, and another link from Noida Sector 18 to the National Highway 8 running parallel to the Outer Ring Road.
To be completed by 2015, the network is expected to cost over Rs 30,000 crore (Rs 300 billion). DMRC officials expect the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to fund at least 40 per cent of the cost.