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The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has released a fund of 230 crores for the Narela-Rithala-Bawana corridor of Metro Phase-IV. This makes the way to Metro to Narela walk easy. Lakhs people living in the outskirts of North Delhi will benefit directly. With the start of metro services on this corridor, the pace of development of DDA’s residential areas will also accelerate. DDA officials say work on the corridor will begin once the central government’s permission has been granted.
In fact, three corridors of Metro Phase-IV are under construction, while the metro network between Indraprastha-Indralok (12.37 km), Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block (8.38 km) and Rithala-Bawana-Narela (22.91 km ) under construction. All preparations for this have been completed. It is proposed to operate Metrolite in the area taking into account other aspects including the number of commuters and the availability of land. Once Metrolite starts operating, the people living in GT Karnal Road and surrounding areas outside Mukarba Chowk will be able to easily reach every corner of Delhi. The Metrolite option was chosen so that the network can be expanded at low cost to meet passenger needs. This will be Delhi’s first Metrolite. The expenditure for this is about 40 percent lower than for the regular metro. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Deputy Chairman Subhashish Pandya said Rs 230 crore funding has been made for this corridor.
The network will be more than 400 kilometers long
Currently, the metro runs within a radius of 391 km. Construction is underway on the 65-kilometre extension of Metro on all three phase IV corridors. With the start of services on the first corridor, the metro network will be expanded to more than 400 kilometers in length. Between Janakpuri West-RK Ashram and Tughlakabad to Aerocity and Maujpur-Majlis Park, more than 30 percent has been built. Metro services will be launched on all three corridors by 2025.
Metrolite will consist of 3-4 carriages
Metrolite has fewer carriages. For sparsely populated areas it is used as a feeder. Currently, there is no metro connection to Delhi’s suburbs and surrounding rural areas, which currently results in more time and expense for commuters to reach their destination. It generally consists of 3-4 coaches. Tracks are laid at some distance from the road so that vehicles can move freely. The maximum speed of Metrolite will be 60 km/h. However, metro experts say that if necessary, the normal metro can also run on this corridor instead of Metrolite.