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Delhi Metro to become 7th largest network in 2016

Come 2016 and Delhi Metro is all set to achieve another feat.

delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2011 23:58 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

Come 2016 and Delhi Metro is all set to achieve another feat. Once corridors under the proposed phase 3 is complete, Delhi Metro will become the seventh largest Metro network of the world, said officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Currently, there are more than 160 Metro systems in 54 countries across the world.

In 2016, when 119-km of four new corridors, covering major parts of the city and some parts of the NCR will be added to the existing network, Delhi metro’s total network will touch 310 km, said the officials.

“After completion of Phase 3, the Delhi Metro network will have 227 stations, which will make it the seventh city in the world to have more than 200 stations,” said a DMRC official.

Almost all Metro networks in the world with more than 200 stations are operated by multiple operators, while in Delhi, apart from the six stations of the Airport Metro Express, all other lines are run by the DMRC, he said.

“In Asia, Delhi will have the highest number of Metro stations after Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul,” the official added.

Sanghai metro has the largest network of 424 km with 234 stations, while Hong Kong Metro is among the top 10 networks with the shortest network of 211 km with only 155 stations.

However, in terms of daily ridership, Delhi Metro is nowhere in the list of tops. After four corridors under phase 3 will be in place, Delhi Metro’s daily ridership is expected to touch 40 lakh, while Tokyo Subway with 317 km network and 274 stations cater to 87 lakh commuters daily, Beijing Metro with 336 km network and 172 stations caters to 75 lakh commuters, Seoul Metro with 317 km length and 293 stations caters to 67 lakh commuters daily.

First Published: Dec 13, 2011 23:54 IST