Currently, three functioning lines connect central Delhi to east, north, and southwest Delhi. DMRC is responsible not only for construction of the system but also for its operation and maintenance.
Who inaugurated the first line of the Delhi Metro?
Initial construction – Physical construction work on the Delhi Metro started on 1 October 1998. After the previous problems experienced by the Kolkata Metro, which was badly delayed and 12 times over budget due to “political meddling, technical problems and bureaucratic delays”, DMRC is a special-purpose organisation vested with great autonomy and powers to execute this gigantic project involving many technical complexities, under a difficult urban environment and within a very limited time frame.
DMRC was given full powers to hire people, decide on tenders and control funds. The DMRC then hired the Hong Kong MTRC as a technical consultant on rapid transit operation and construction techniques. As a result, construction proceeded smoothly, except for one major disagreement in 2000, where the Ministry of Railways forced the system to use 5 ft 6 in ( 1,676 mm ) broad gauge despite the DMRC’s preference for standard gauge,
The first line of the Delhi Metro, the Red Line, was inaugurated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India on 24 December 2002. The Delhi Metro became the second underground rapid transit system in India, after the Kolkata Metro, when the Vishwa Vidyalaya – Kashmere Gate section of the Yellow Line opened on 20 December 2004.
How much does Delhi Metro Rail project cost?
Project Summary –
Project Name: Delhi Metro Rail Project Operator: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited Owner: Govt. of India and Govt. of NCT of Delhi Project Type: Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Project Cost: INR 70433 Crore (Phase-I, II & III), INR 46845 Crore (Phase-IV) Funding Pattern: Govt. of India, Delhi Govt., Loan from Foreign Institutions Operational Network: 347.65 km (252 stations, 10 Lines) Status: Operational since 22 December 2002
Who is the founder of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation?
Further reading –
- Rashmi Sadana (30 May – 2 June 2012). “Metrocity Journal: Up, Up and Away”, The Wall Street Journal,
- Rashmi Sadana (13 November 2010). “On the Delhi Metro: An Ethnographic View”. Economic and Political Weekly,45 (46): 77–83.
- G.S. Dhillon (29 January 2004). “Trenchless tunnelling”, The Tribune,
- A dream revisited: an archival journey into the making of the Delhi Metro Rail, DMRC,2003. OCLC 54073649,
- A journey to remember, DMRC,2008.p.94. OCLC 300027063,
When was the Delhi Metro Phase IV approved by the government?
Phase IV – Delhi Metro was planned to be built in phases spread over approximately 20 years with each phase having a target of five years to be completed and the end of one phase marking the beginning of another. Phase I (65 km or 40 mi) and Phase II (125 km or 78 mi) were completed in 2006 and 2011, respectively.
Phase-III, totaling 160.07 km (99.46 mi), was mostly completed on 5 April 2019, except for a small section of the Pink Line between the Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 and Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake stations as well as the Grey Line extension from Najafgarh to Dhansa Bus Stand, which opened on 6 August 2021 and 18 September 2021, respectively.
The Phase IV of the network with a length of 103 km (64 mi) and 6 lines was finalized by the Government of Delhi in December 2018. Approval from Government of India was received for 3 priority corridors in March 2019. Construction work on these 3 priority corridors having a length of 65.1 km (40.5 mi) commenced on 30 December 2019, with an expected completion date of 2025.
Therefore, at the end of Phase IV, the total length of the Delhi Metro will exceed 450 kilometres (280 mi), which does not include other independently operated systems in the National Capital Region such as the 29.7 kilometres (18.5 mi) long Aqua Line of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro and the 11.7 kilometres (7.3 mi) of the Rapid Metro Gurgaon that connect to the Delhi Metro.
This may make Delhi Metro the 5th longest metro system by route length after Chengdu Metro, Beijing Subway, Shanghai metro and Guangzhou Metro,
|Phase 4 Network|
|Line No.||Line Name||Stations||Length (km)||Terminals||Via||Status||Expected Date of Completion|
|8||Magenta Line||22||29.26||Janakpuri West||RK Ashram Marg||Janakpuri West, Krishna Park Extension, Keshopur, Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi, Mangolpuri, West Enclave, Pushpanjali, Deepali Chowk, Madhuban Chowk, Pitampura, Prashant Vihar, North Pitampura, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Bhalswa, Majlis Park, Azadpur, Ashok Vihar, Derawal Nagar, Ghanta Ghar, Pulbangash, Sadar Bazar, Nabi Karim, RK Ashram Marg||Under Construction||2025|
|10||Silver Line||15||23.62||Tughlakabad||Delhi Aerocity||Tughlakabad, Tughlakabad Railway Colony, Anandmayee Marg, Sangam Vihar – Tigri, Khanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Saket G-Block, Neb Sarai, IGNOU, Chhatarpur Mandir, Chhatarpur, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj Sector-D, Mahipalpur, Delhi Aerocity|
|7||Pink Line||8||12.32||Majlis Park||Maujpur – Babarpur||Majlis Park, Burari, Jharoda Majra, Jagatpur Village, Soorghat, Sonia Vihar, Khajuri Khas, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar, Maujpur – Babarpur|
|1||Red Line||19||21.73||Rithala||Narela||Rithala, Rohini Sector 25, Rohini Sector 26, Rohini Sector 31, Rohini Sector 32, Rohini Sector 36, Rohini Sector 37, Barwala, Pooth Khurd, Bawana Industrial Area – 1, Bawana Industrial Area – 2, Bawana, Bawana JJ Colony, Sanoth, New Sanoth Colony, Sanoth Depot Station, Bhorgarh Village, Anaj Mandi Narela, DDA Sports Complex Narela, Narela||Pending Approval|
|3||4.86||Narela||Nathupur||Narela, Sector 5, Kundli, Nathupur|
|11||Indigo Line||10||12.57||Inderlok||Indraprastha||Inderlok, Daya Basti, Sarai Rohilla, Ajmal Khan Park, Nabi Karim, New Delhi, LNJP Hospital, Delhi Gate, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Indraprastha|
|12||Brown Line||7||7.96||Lajpat Nagar||Saket G-Block||Lajpat Nagar, Andrews Ganj, Greater Kailash-1, Chirag Delhi, Pushpa Bhawan, Saket District Centre, Pushp Vihar, Saket G-Block|
|3||Blue Line||6||5.1||Noida Electronic City||Sahibabad||Noida Electronic City, Indirapuram, Indirapuram Extension, Kinauni Village, Vasundhara Sector 5, Sahibabad|
|4||Blue Line Branch||4||5.06||Vaishali||Mohan Nagar||Vaishali, Vaishali Extension, Vasundhara Sector 16, Sahibabad, Mohan Nagar|
|M1||Metro Lite – I||21||19.09||Kirti Nagar||Bamnoli Village||Kirti Nagar, Saraswati Garden, Mayapuri Bus Depot, Mayapuri, Hari Nagar Block BE, Mayapuri Industrial Area, Mayapuri Industrial Area-II, Tihar Jail, Shivpuri, Dabri Village, Sitapuri Extension, Mahavir Enclave, Dwarka Sector 2, Dwarka Sector 7, Dwarka Sector 6, Dwarka Court, Dwarka Sector 20, Dwarka Sector 23, Dhul Siras Village, ECC Dwarka, Bamnoli Village|