New Delhi: With the Delhi metro becoming the lifeline for Delhiites and proving itself as a successful means of transport, the government is now mulling over its expansion plan in smaller cities as well.  

Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath while informing about the third and fourth phase of expansion of the Metro, said, “The Delhi-NCR will be stretched to 440km and also plans are being materialised to start the Metro transport system for towns with population of over 20 lakh.” While the second phase of the Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur metro is being prepared and the DMRC model for Lucknow, Ludhiana, Pune and Ahmedabad is already ready, he added.

Kamal Nath presented a complete blueprint on Metro rail system across the entire country.
While the Phase-III, work on which will start shortly, will cover 103 km, the proposed Phase-IV will be of 104 km.

Delhi Metro will prepare DPRs for Yamuna Bank-Loni border (11.97 km), Janakpuri West to Mukundpuri (18.74) km, Mukdundpur to Dilshad Garden (17.54 km), Kirti Nagar-Dwarka Sec-28 (18.7 km), Badarpur to Delhi Aerocity (20.79 km), Lajpat Nagar to Madangir (7.33 km) and Azadpur to R K Ashram (8.30 km), Nath said.

He said that on the lines of the DMRC model, plans are being formulated for Mumbai metro line-3 and Kochi metro line. He said, “Projects such as Mumbai Line-III (Colaba-Mahim/Bandra corridor) funded by both Central and state governments and Jaipur Metro stage-II, highspeed metro linking Bangalore city with the airport and extension of Chennai Metro under the PPP model.”

Elaborating more on the metro expansion plan, DPRs for cities like Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh is being prepared and also the responsibility of Nagpur DPR has been given to the Maharashtra government. 

While talking about bringing Metro to the towns with population of over 20 lakh he said that the readiness of the state governments will also be taken into consideration. The PPP models will be in the priority list of the government.  

JPN/Bureau