New Delhi: The Delhi government has given its nod to third phase of Metro rail which includes two new rail lines and extension of other two existing routes. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting on Monday presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Under the third phase, 67 stations will come up in the stretch of 103.5 km, including the 4.5 km Dwarka-Najafgarh route. The concerned authority was asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the 4.5 km Dwarka line up to Najafgarh.

The cost of the project with route length of 108 km was pegged at Rs 24,638 crore in 2010. However, its cost is currently being anticipated to have increased to Rs 27,309 crore, while the length of the route has been reduced to 103.5 km. Dikshit said around 41 km of line will be underground and rest 67 km will be elevated.

One of the new routes is Mukundpur-Rajouri Garden-Dhaula Kuan-Anand Vihar-Yamuna Vihar with 35 stations and total route length of around 56 km. This line will pass through Naraina with a new metro station. The approval for the station has been given following the initiative of Delhi Industries Minister Ramakant Goswami. Goswami has been making continuous efforts for including Naraina in the third phase.

Another new route is Janakpuri West-Munirka-Kalkaji-Jamia-Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden Noida with 22 stations and route of around 34 km. Central Secretariat-Badapur Line will be extended up to Kashmere Gate. With route length of 9.37 km, the extended line will have seven stations. Another line is to be extended from HUDA City Centre, Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri up to Badli with three new stations and route of length of 4.8 km.

The extension of 5 km route on existing Dwarka line up to Najafgarh has also been approved. Dikshit said that the completion of the third phase is expected to connect entire Ring Road with Metro service, which will provide much needed relief to the commuters and will reduce the passenger load as well.

The Cabinet has decided to prepare a detailed project report on priority basis for extension of existing Dilshad Garden-Rithala line up to Bawana.

JPN/Bureau