The March of 2018 will see many new lines of Delhi Metro go live. While Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s Phase III nears its expansion, the rail system would be ranked as fourth largest in the world with over 350 km of corridors. Presently, it has a network stretch of 231 km, inclusive of the recent Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir division of the Magenta Line.

Anuj Dayal, Executive Director (Corporate Communications), DMRC, said that Delhi Metro has a count of 173 stations that are functioning now, which positions it as the ninth largest metro network 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 highlighted benefit for Noida and Greater Noida residents is that the Noida-Greater Noida stretch would connect to an interchange facility at the imminent Noida Sector 52 station. Although DMRC has built it, the corridor would be run and managed by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation.

According to reports, the next Delhi Metro passageway to begin operation will be the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West Magenta Line. The first part of the same was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on December 25. This has already brought Noida residents nearer to south Delhi. The stretching of this line to Janakpuri West would reduce the distance between Noida and Gurgaon and also add the facility of interchange at Hauz Khas station with the Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre-Samaypur Badli). Going by DMRC assurances, this segment will be ready by March 2018.

The Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West line would add the domestic Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport on the metro map. As of now, IGIA’s connectivity with the city centre is via a high-speed Airport Express Line, but the corridor doesn’t have direct connectivity with Terminal 1, from where domestic flights take off.

The colossal Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) covering a stretch of 58.59 km will also culminate in March 2018. The Pink Line will function as a ‘Ring Corridor’ bringing many parts of Delhi on the metro map, barring a small length of the passageway, from Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 to Trilokpuri, owing to land issues. For residents of Delhi/NCR, with the Pink Line, the Delhi Metro network connects the present corridors at 10 different interchange junctions, along with the Airport Express Line at Dhaula Kuan station.

In 2018, DMRC will be making inroads to Haryana subsequent to Gurgaon and Faridabad by lengthening the Green Line till Bahadurgarh. Additionally, DMRC will also get the Violet Line to reach Ballabgarh from Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad in 2018. By advancement of Blue Line from Noida City Centre to Noida Electronic City, Delhi Metro will reach several sectors of Noida as well as areas of Ghaziabad, like Indirapuram.

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