New Delhi: In a significant move, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to extend the four metro routes by another 140 kms in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) under the third phase of the project.

Delhi government has given the nod for the expansion of 104 kilometre metro track. However, the approval from Group of Minister of the Union Government is still awaited.

On the occasion of 17th Foundation Day ceremony, Managing Director Dr E Sreedharan said, “In addition to the 104 km metro line approved by the Delhi Government, we are capable of extending the existing routes by another 36 kms.”

According to Sreedharan, DMRC under the third phase will complete the extension of metro lines by 140 kms in a period of five years. He pointed out that on the recommendations of Haryana government and Uttar Pradesh government, DMRC intend to extend three metro tracks to these states.

The Delhi government has approved the Detailed Project Report for the extension of 104 km train route.

In addition, DMRC has approved the extension of four metro lines including Badarpur to Faridabad (14 km), Kalindi Kunj to Noida (4km), high-speed line of metro Dwarka Sec-21 to Gurgaon Huda City Centre (14 km) and Noida to Ghaziabad (8-9 km).The report in this regard has been forwarded to the Urban Development Ministry.

DMRC officials maintained that the project will commence soon after receiving the nod from the Central government.