New Delhi: ‘Metrolite‘ is set to be introduced from Rithala to Narela as part of the Phase-4 project of the Delhi Metro rail project. Metrolite is also light urban rail transit system and its train has capacity of carrying 300 passengers.
- The 22-km stretch will see trains running on a rail corridor that has been fenced on both sides, reported TOI.
- Even though the Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block and Inderlok-Inderprastha corridors of Phase-4 of the Delhi Metro development were considered for the surface level Metrolite system, they will be getting regular metro corridors, said Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director of the DMRC.
- He added that they decided that Metrolite would have 100% right of way and same average speed as the metro.
- The Metrolite will run on elevated sections or underpasses in places where there is no possibility of laying a dedicated corridor, he said.
- Mr. Singh further disclosed that the Delhi Development Authority will partially fund the project as the transportation system will provide much-needed connectivity to DDA’s Narela sub-city.
- Also, the Metrolite has been approved by the ministry and the Board of the Delhi Metro has also given its nod for its use in a 20-km stretch from Dwarka sector 25 to Kirti Nagar.
- The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has issued standard specifications of the ‘Metrolite’ system.
- The ‘Metrolite’ can be developed at a lower cost in comparison with existing metro system.
- It will also act as a feeder system to high capacity Metro.
- The 3-coach trains will have capacity of carrying 300 passengers.