Delhi Metro’s longest line — Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar — will open in April 2018, subject to availability of land. The revised schedule was updated by Delhi Metro based on ground reports. The schedule for other lines remains the same.
Meanwhile, the section from Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar will be completed by September, though commissioning of the 59km-long line 7 will take longer.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson, Anuj Dayal said, “Line 7 has been facing land acquisition issues at several stretches, most notably in Trilokpuri.”
The other new corridor, line 8, Janakpuri (west) to Kalindi Kunj, will be opened in sections starting next month. Dayal said the sections that would be opened include Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji, Janakpuri (west) to IGI domestic terminal and Kalkaji to domestic terminal. “The work is expected to be completed on the Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji section next month, which will be followed by clearances, including the safety audit,” he said.
The latest project status report on line 7 says that around 91% of civil works on the line is complete as of March. For line 8, the progress of civil works till March stands at 91.37%.
The ITO-Kashmere Gate section is slated to be completed this month, while the Mundka-Bahadurgarh and Dwarka-Najafgarh lines will be completed by December.
While construction as well as train and signalling trials on the ITO-Kashmere Gate section have been completed, the line is yet to become operational as it awaits safety audit by the commissioner metro rail safety (CMRS). This is likely to take some time, admitted DMRC officials.
Line 7 will touch portions of inner Ring Road and drastically cut travel time between eastern and southern flanks of the national capital. It will connect northwest Delhi’s Mukundpur to northeast Delhi’s Shiv Vihar cutting across various south Delhi areas, including Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension, and densely populated parts of east Delhi, such as Mayur Vihar-I, Vinod Nagar and Karkardooma.
A total of 140km of Metro network will be added to the current coverage of 213km in the phase-III expansion project that is being undertaken at a cost of around Rs 40,000 crore.
SOURCE – BUSINESS INSIDER