New Delhi, October 31, 2018: Over 17 kilometre stretch of the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line, running from Shiv Vihar to Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake metro station was inaugurated today. The stretch is part of the upcoming 59 km long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar Corridor under Phase-III of Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project, which is supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This new elevated stretch comprises of 15 metro stations including three interchange stations – Welcome (Red Line), Karkarduma and Anand Vihar ISBT (Blue Line).
The flagging-off ceremony for the line opening to public was inaugurated by Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Mr. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The other key dignitaries present at the ceremony were; Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister (Economic & Development), Embassy of Japan and Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India amongst others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, “Delhi Metro project is a shining example of Indo-Japanese partnership. Delhi Metro’s success story is being emulated by other cities in India and abroad. In 2018, Delhi Metro has built over 57 km of new lines with JICA’s cooperation. With opening of this section, Delhi metro network will become 314 km long with 229 metro stations. JICA recognizes that this stretch will be a major boon for the eastern and northern fringes, having three interchange facilities at Welcome (Red Line), Karkarduma and Anand Vihar ISBT (Blue Line) which will further contribute to traffic mitigation, pollution abatement and ensure overall ease of commuting for the people. Recently on October 29, 2018, an ODA loan of 53,675 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 3,300 crore) for the Phase 3 (Tranche III) of Delhi Metro was signed in Tokyo which has taken the commitment of building stronger network of Delhi Metro one step forward. The constant collaboration with which JICA and DMRC are working together towards improvement of connectivity in Delhi is heartening. ”
Mr. M. P. Singh, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India Office added that the efforts of Metro team in working through the 10 sharp curves of the crowded areas like I.P Extension, Anand Vihar, Welcome, Seelampur, Jaffrabad and Maujpur, deserves appreciation. Also, Delhi Metro has achieved a rare feat in metro construction by crossing over its existing operational line at the Kakarduma Metro Station at a record height of 21 metres above the ground.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) is the executing agency of the Project.
JICA has extended a cumulative total of 705,206 million Japanese Yen (approximately 45,000 crore) in ODA loans for the Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project since 1997. The cumulative loan amount provided by JICA for Metro projects in India (including Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad Metro) exceeds 1.2 trillion Japanese Yen (approximately 77,000 crore).