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Metro: Centre asked to expedite Phase IV rollout

New Delhi: In a major decision to provide Metro connectivity to residents in the outskirts of the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to send the proposal regarding Phase-IV of Delhi Metro to the Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
According to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the proposal would be soon sent to the Centre as per the financing policy norms for further consideration and approval. The Delhi CM announced the move soon after meeting Union Housing & Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri on Tuesday.
During the meeting, both leaders discussed several issues, including decongestion of traffic in Delhi, Delhi government's concurrence for the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), better maintenance of sewers, sanitation etc.
The proposed Delhi Metro's Phase-IV would add another 104 km covering six lines at the cost in excess of Rs 50,000 crore. The Delhi government would generate funds through equity to the tune of Rs 1,075 crore.
The six lines under the Phase IV plan include Rithala-Narela, Inderlok-Indraprastha, Tughlakabad-Aerocity, Lajpat Nagar-Saket G-Block, Janakpuri (west)-RK Ashram and Mukundpur-Maujpur. The six lines would be completed by 2022, and considerably decongest central and southern parts of the city.
According to a DMRC official, Phase IV network is expected to have a daily ridership of 850,000 and these lines, in addition to the 140 km being added in Phase III, will prove a boon to Delhi commuters.
"With the addition of 104 km under the Phase IV plan, the new lines would expand the Metro network to 434 km and 308 stations, while the daily ridership may go up to 6.3 million from the current 2.8 million," the DMRC official said, adding that there would 79 new stations under the Phase IV plan.
Promising to extend every possible help in the development of the capital city, the Urban Affairs Minister has asked concerned officials to coordinate with Delhi government for taking necessary action for decongestion of traffic.
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