The city may soon get six new Delhi Metro corridors. The Economic Survey for 2008-09 has listed the new corridors, of which three routes are similar to those suggested by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on the basis of the detailed project reports (DPRs) prepared for Phase III and Phase IV in the capital.
As proposed by the government, new Delhi Metro lines will get constructed from Rithala to Bawana via Barwala, Narela to Najafgarh via Bawana, Mundka to Delhi border via Gherva, Dwarka Sector 6 to Shahbad Mohammedpur, Jehangirpuri — Dhaula Kuan-Moolchand-Nehru Place-Kalindi Kunj and Jehangirpuri to Sagarpur.
“The new routes have been identified on the basis of commuter demand and population density. These are different from the routes proposed by Delhi Metro in their masterplan, which is based on a transportation demand study by RITES,” said an official.
Three of the proposed routes, however, are similar to the ones proposed in DMRC’s Metro masterplan. For instance, the survey has identified a Metro link from Rithala to Bawana via Barwala and DMRC’s phase III plan also has a Rithala-Barwana route. Also, the survey has proposed a Mundka-Ghevra-Delhi border route, while DMRC has plans to extend the Mundka line to Bahadurgarh in Phase III. The Jehangirpuri-Kalindi Kunj route proposed in the survey also finds similarity in DMRC’s proposed link from Mukundpur to Dhaula Kuan.
The other routes proposed by DMRC for Phase III, which are still awaiting the Delhi government nod, include links between Mukundpur to ISBT Sarai Kale Khan, Central Secretariat-Mandi House-Daryaganj-Welcome-Nawada, Rithala-Barwala, Airport link to Gurgaon Sector 48 to Sushant Lok, extensions in Badarpur, Faridabad and Ghaziabad proposed as part of Phase III. As planned, this will add another 114.67 km of Delhi Metro to the NCR.
As per the practice, the routes suggested by DMRC are submitted to the government for approval, and construction on the new lines begins only after that. There have been instances in the past where the government has made alterations to some of the suggested routes, and the decision of the government in such matters is considered final.
New Metro corridors
3. Mundka-Gherva-Delhi border
4. Dwarka sector 6-Shahbad Mohammedpur
5. Jehangirpuri-Dhaula Kuan-Moolchand-Nehru Place-Kalindi Kunj