The DMRC opened its first corridor between Shahdara and Tis Hazari on 25th December, 2002. Subsequently, the first phase of construction worth 65 kilometres of Metro lines was finished two years and nine months ahead of schedule in 2005.
What is the history of Delhi Metro Rail?
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When will the Delhi Metro be completed?
|Train of the Yellow Line at Patel Chowk metro station,
|Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
|National Capital Region
|Number of lines
|Number of stations
|2.78 million (2019–20) 1 million (2020–21)
|1.79 billion (2019)
|Manoj Joshi (Chairman) Vikas Kumar (Managing Director)
|Metro Bhawan, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi – 110001
|24 December 2002 ; 19 years ago
|Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
|Number of vehicles
|348.12 km (216.31 mi)
|25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead catenary
The Delhi Metro is a mass rapid transit (MRT) system serving Delhi and its satellite cities of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Bahadurgarh and Ballabhgarh, in the National Capital Region of India. The network consists of 10 colour-coded lines serving 255 stations with a total length of 348.12 kilometres (216.31 mi).
It is by far the largest and busiest metro rail system in India, and the second oldest after the Kolkata Metro, The system has a mix of underground, at-grade, and elevated stations using both broad-gauge and standard-gauge, Delhi Metro operates over 2,700 trips daily, starting at around 05:00 and ending at 23:30.
Construction started in 1998, and the first elevated section ( Shahdara to Tis Hazari ) on the Red Line opened on 25 December 2002. The first underground section ( Vishwa Vidyalaya – Kashmere Gate ) on the Yellow Line opened on 20 December 2004. The development of the network was divided into phases.
- Phase I with 3 lines was completed by 2006, and Phase II in 2011.
- Phase III is in the finishing stage and is scheduled to be complete by end of 2022.
- Construction under Phase IV was formally started on 30 December 2019.
- Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), a company with equal equity participation from the Government of India and the Government of Delhi, built and operates the Delhi Metro.
DMRC was certified by the United Nations in 2011 as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing carbon emission levels in the city by 630,000 tonnes every year. The Delhi Metro also has interchanges with the Rapid Metro Gurgaon (with a shared ticketing system) and Noida Metro,
Who is the first Managing Director of Delhi Metro?
History – The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. was created on 3 May 1995 with serving as the first managing director. Sreedharan handed over charge as MD of DMRC to Mangu Singh on 31 December 2011. In 2010 completed 10 years of operation, which was a major milestone to achieve.
To mark its 10th anniversary, introduced 8 coach train for the first time. A commemorative souvenir book titled “Delhi Metro: A Decade of Dedication, 10 Years of Metro Operations” was also launched. An exclusive ‘METRO SONG-zindagi hai Delhi metro’ composed by music director was also released and played at metro stations and FM stations.
DMRC has made it compulsory to wear safety helmets on construction sites. It also earns with at metro stations and runs an programme for workers. DMRC received Outstanding PSU of the Year (2016) award conferred by (AIMA). DMRC was awarded for its “Outstanding Contribution” for promoting world class services in Urban Transportation and adopting best practices of Project Management.
What is the length of Delhi Metro Phase 4?
The Delhi Metro’s Phase 4 (Phase IV), has been planned to provide last-mile connectivity to the new housing hubs in the National Capital Region (NCR). Initially, the completion deadline was set as 2022 and the work on the project was expected to begin in 2017.
- However, the project has faced several delays.
- Work on Phase 4 finally began on December 30, 2019, with a ground-breaking ceremony for piling work for stations along the Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor, being held at Haider Badli Mor.
- The 104-km Delhi Metro Phase 4 network, is expected to cater to 1.5 million passengers daily, when fully completed.
The route is expected to finish by December 2024 but may get delayed due to Covid-19 induced lockdown. The Delhi Metro Phase 4 project covers three approved corridors, Maujpur to Majlis Park, Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, and Tughlakabad to Aerocity, spanning a total length of around 65 kms.
- Construction works on the three corridors of the Phase IV, namely, Inderlok – Indraprastha, Rithala – Bawana and Lajpat Nagar – Saket, has faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- However, the work on Maujpur-Majlis Park along with other corridors of Metro Phase IV, namely, Janakpuri West – RK Ashram and Aerocity – Tughlaqabad is in progress.
The Maujpur-Majlis Park stretch is expected to be completed first. As per a senior DMRC official, the Maujpur-Majlis Park corridor will be completed ‘on schedule’ by November 2024. The timelines for the other two metro lines will be reviewed due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lajpat Nagar-Saket section will be the shortest corridor under Phase IV and will serve as a link between the Magenta Line (connecting Botanical Garden to Janakpuri west) and the Pink Line and the new metro line in Delhi from Tughlaqabad to Aerocity. See also: All about Mumbai metro line 3 The Project Investment Board of the Centre, under the Ministry of Finance, recently approved the three Delhi metro upcoming projects of the Metro Phase IV, namely Rithala to Narela metro route (22.91 kms), Lajpat Nagar – Saket G-Block (8.38 kms) and Inderlok – Indraprastha (12.37 kms) spanning over 40 kms.
The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 12,586 crore. The proposal will be placed before the union cabinet for final approval. See also: All about Chennai metro DMRC will soon begin the construction work for the underground section of the Aerocity – Tughlaqabad Silver Line corridor of Delhi Metro Phase 4.
Tughlaqabad station will serve as an interchange station. The stretch will be operational by 2025. The 23.6-km line will be linked to the Violet line from Kashmere Gate to Raja Nahar Singh. A 100-metre subway will be built to link the existing station at Tughlakabad to the new interchange station. As per an official, tenders were awarded in March 2022 after required approval from Japan’s international agency.
Once operational, the silver line metro corridor will provide connectivity for commuters in far-flung area of Faridabad in Haryana and will save time through the Tughlakabad interchange station. It will also reduce to travel time in reaching domestic and international airport terminals via the Airport Express Line to around 90 minutes.
- The outgoing DMRC Chief, Mangu Singh, had said that some sections of the priority corridors are likely to be opened by March 2023.
- He also added that the final operationalisation of the entire Phase 4 project may get extended to March 2025 but the urban transporter is still working as per the completion timeline of December 2024.
See also: All about Kanpur metro route and Kanpure metro map