The Delhi Metro leapt to mega expansion mode in the National Capital Region (NCR) with the opening of three new corridors in 2019, the silver jubilee year of its founding, during which it also took over the operations of the swanky Rapid Metro in Gurgaon.
New Lines Opened in 2019
- In keeping with its vision to provide convenient, swift and eco-friendly mode of transportation to people, the Delhi Metro began its network expansion in the year with the extension of the old Red Line (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) to neighbouring Ghaziabad.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8 inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-Shahid Sthal (New Bus Adda) section. With this new section, entirely elevated, the Delhi Metro forayed into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad.
- The next day Modi also flagged off the 6.675-km all-elevated Noida City Centre to Noida Electronic City corridor, an extension of the Blue Line (Dwarka Sec 21-Noida City Centre) via remote.
- Delhi also got a brand new corridor — the Grey Line — on October 4 when the Dwarka-Najafgarh Metro section was flagged off for passenger operations.
Other achievements of DMRC in 2019
- The DMRC in late October took over the operations and maintenance of the 11.6-km Rapid Metro Link in Gurgaon, with an interchange at Sikanderpur station, which connects the corridor with the rest of the Delhi Metro network.
- In another major development for the Delhi Metro, the Union Cabinet in March approved 3 out of 6 corridors of the Delhi Metro’s proposed Phase-4 — Mukundpur-Maujpur, RK Ashram-Janakpuri West and Aero City-Tughlakabad. There will be 17 underground and 29 elevated stations in the 3 corridors whose total length will be 61.679 km.
- Among other accomplishments, the Delhi Metro inaugurated a foot over bridge (FOB) connecting the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus metro station of Pink Line and Dhaula Kuan metro station of the Airport Express Line for passengers in February. The FOB is a major technological masterpiece, as a record 22 travelators have been installed on it for the convenience of passengers.
- Besides, in November, three leading airlines — Air Asia, SpiceJet and Go Air — started check-in facility from the New Delhi metro station of the Airport Line. Two other airlines — Air India and Vistara — are already operating this facility.