The central government is considering to run ‘Metrolite‘ or ‘Metro on Tyres‘ trains on the remaining three corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-4 in the national capital, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.
- The move is aimed at ensuring last-mile connectivity through these trains to those areas having lower projection of ridership.
- ‘Metro on Tyres’ runs on rubber tyres instead of steel wheels like Metro Rail or Metrolite.
- Metrolite is also light urban rail transit system and its train has capacity of carrying 300 passengers.
- The Union Cabinet had in March this year approved 3 corridors – Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km), Janakpuri West-R K Ashram (28.92 km) and Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km) of the 103.94 km long phase-4 project.
- The remaining three corridors of phase-4 which have not been approved by the Centre are-
- Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block
- The Centre has provided a good network of Metro trains in Delhi-NCR, he said.
- He added that in small stretches, the government has constructed metro corridors.
- The focus will be on construction of interchange stations to ensure last-mile connectivity, he said.
- ‘Metro on Tyres’ is much cheaper than both the Metro Rail and Metrolite, the minister said.
- While the per kilometer cost of Metro Rail is around Rs 300 crore and Rs 100 crore for Metrolite, ‘Metro on Tyres’ will cost Rs 60 crore, according to the ministry.
- A committee has been formed to draft a set of standards and specifications for ‘Metro on tyres’.
- 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.