After repeated demands, Metro is now on track to reach the rural pockets of Delhi. The extension lines of the Delhi Metro’s upcoming Phase III corridor will touch Najafgarh in Outer Delhi and Shiv Vihar in East Delhi.
“Once the Metro’s Phase III corridors were approved, there were demands from various quarters that Metro should make its way to the other rural pockets of Delhi, which still largely lack a proper transport channel. So a need was felt to extend the Phase III corridor,” said a DMRC source.
The 5.5 km elevated extension line from Dwarka to Najafgarh will have four stations – Dwarka, Najafgarh Depot, Municipal Corporation and Najafgarh. The line will provide easy access to those residing in areas of Outer Delhi such as Najafgarh, Mitraon, Jharoda Kalan, Kair, Dichaon Kalan, Dindarpur Extn, Baba Haridas Nagar, Chhawla, Roshanpura, Shyam Vihar, Dharmpura, Sai Baba Enclave, Nangli Sakravati, Arjun Park, Roshan Garden, Shiva Enclave, Todarmal Colony, Prem Nagar, among others.
To cater to this densely populated area, many experts had asked for a separate corridor, instead of extending the Phase III corridor from Dwarka. The proposed alignment takes off on the left hand side of Dwarka station. “A decision was taken to make the corridor an inter-change from Dwarka, just like Yamuna Bank. But the line from Dwarka to Najafgarh will be a separate line. Passengers will have to change trains in Dwarka,” said the official.
The DMRC spokesperson said the alignment crosses the Najafgarh drain and joins Shivaji Road. “The alignment follows the central verge of the Shivaji Road up to the T -junction near Municipal Corporation. Two stations are proposed on Shivaji Road – Najafgarh Depot station and Municipal Corporation station. It will end at the Najafgarh station on Nangloi Road.”
The Najafgarh-Dwarka line is expected to be completed by 2015 and the is estimated to cost Rs 1,070 crore.
The Metro line to Shiv Vihar is an extension of the Mukundpur-Gokulpuri line. Two stations — Johari Enclave and Shiv Vihar will be added on this route. The 2.7-km elevated line is the shortest corridor approved in the Phase III extension.
Officials said the line covers an area of 1.4 km in Uttar Pradesh. “Though the extension was primarily meant for connecting the interiors of East Delhi, it will also extend to a small area in UP. Hence, an approval was also sought from that state. This led to a delay in framing the exact route,” said the DMRC official.