Longest Delhi Metro corridor to open in a year’s time

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Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7), the longest Delhi Metro corridor, is expected to be operational in April 2018, subject to availability of land. Based on ground reports, the revised schedule for the 59 km-long line and other corridors was updated by Delhi Metro, recently. As confirmed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, work on Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar portion of the corridor will be completed by September 2017 while commissioning the entire stretch will take longer due to several land acquisition issues.

Line 7 will drastically cut travel time between eastern and southern flanks of Delhi by connecting Mukundpur in the northwest of the national capital to Shiv Vihar in the northeast. The Line will touch various south Delhi localities such as Sarojini Nagar, INA and South Extension. Line will also pass through and densely populated colonies of eastern Delhi, including Mayur Vihar-I, Vinod Nagar and Karkardooma.

The other new corridor, Line 8 - Janakpuri (West) to Kalindi Kunj, will be opened in sections in May 2017. Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji section, Janakpuri (West) to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Domestic Terminal section and Kalkaji to IGI Domestic Terminal section of Line 8 will be opened next month, followed by clearances, including the safety audit.

As per DMRC’s latest project status reports, around 91 percent of the civil work on Line 7 and 8 has been completed, as of March 2017. The civil work on ITO-Kashmere Gate section is slated to be completed this month. Construction work and trials on the section have been completed, however, the line is yet to have its safety audit by the Commissioner Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). Other two important stretches in Delhi Metro’s Phase-III expansion project: Mundka-Bahadurgarh and Dwarka-Najafgarh will be completed by December 2017.


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