Starting March 2018, many new lines of the Delhi Metro network will begin operating. With the completion of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s Phase III expansion, the Indian capital’s metro rail system would become the fourth largest in the world with over 350 km of corridors.
Its current network spans 231 km following the recent opening of the Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta Line.
Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC, said Delhi Metro has 173 operational stations at the moment, making it the ninth largest metro system in the world. “After the completion of Phase III, we shall have a network of over 375 km, including the Noida-Greater Noida corridor and would be the largest after Shanghai, Beijing and London,” Dayal said.
The Noida-Greater Noida corridor would be a part of the Delhi Metro network with an interchange at the upcoming Noida Sector 52 station. Though constructed by DMRC, this corridor would be operated by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation.
It is expected that the next Delhi Metro corridor to be opened will be the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West corridor of the Magenta Line, the first section of which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25.
The corridor has already brought Noida closer to south Delhi, but when the line is extended to Janakpuri West, the distance between Noida and Gurgaon would also shrink with the availability of interchange at Hauz Khas station with the Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre-Samaypur Badli).
DMRC promises to complete the section by March 2018, though its opening for commercial operations would depend on the safety go-ahead from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety. More info