Kejriwal government approves fourth phase of Delhi Metro

The Kejriwal government has approved the fourth phase of the Metro project, featuring six corridors measuring over a hundred kilometres. A decision to this effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It will take the network to the outer areas of the national capital and make the airport more accessible.

With the completion of over 100-km-long Phase IV, the total length of the metro corridor in the city will cross the 450-km mark. The mega project, as part of which 72 new stations will be built, will cost over 50,000 crore rupees, which is to be borne equally by the state and the Centre. Its Detailed Project Report (DPR) was cleared in June last year.

The Cabinet also approved the increase in old age pension, disability and widow pension by 1,000 rupees each. For old age pension, those between the age group of 60-69 years will get two thousand rupees. Senior citizens above 70 years, Disability pension and pension for widows and destitute women has been raised from 1,500 to 2,500 rupees.

The government also approved a scheme under which monetary incentive of 2,000 rupees and appreciation certificate will be given to people who help road accident victims in the city. The scheme is intended to encourage people to take accident victims in emergency situation to hospitals so that someone’s life could be saved.

In another decision, Cabinet has convened the two-day winter session of the Assembly from 17th of this month. It will be the first sitting since Anil Baijal assumed charge as the city’s Lt Governor following the surprise resignation of Najeeb Jung.

The Delhi Metro is a metro system serving Delhi and its satellite cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad in National Capital Region in India.[5] Delhi Metro is the world’s 12th largest metro system in terms of both length and number of stations.[6] A member of Nova Group of Metros,[7] the network consists of five colour-coded regular lines and the faster Airport Express line, with a total length of 213 kilometres (132 mi)[1] serving 160 stations (including 6 on Airport Express line).[1] The system has a mix of underground, at-grade, and elevated stations using both broad-gauge and standard-gauge.[8] The metro has an average daily ridership of 2.661 million passengers, and, as of August 2010, had already carried over 1.25 billion passengers since its inception.[9]

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), a state-owned company with equal equity participation from Government of India and Government of Delhi, built and operates the Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has been certified by the United Nations as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get “carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions” and helping in reducing pollution levels in the city by 630,000 tonnes every year.[10] DMRC operates around 2000 trips daily between 05:30 till 00:00 running with a headway varying between 1–2 minutes and 4–10 minutes.[11][12] The trains are usually of four, six and eight-coach. The power output is supplied by 25-kilovolt, 50-hertz alternating current through overhead catenary.

Planning for the metro started in 1984, when the Delhi Development Authority and the Urban Arts Commission came up with a proposal for developing a multi-modal transport system for the city. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was incorporated in May 1995, construction started in 1998, and the first section, on the Red Line, opened in 2002. The development of network was divided into phases, Phase I containing 3 lines was completed by 2006, and Phase II in 2011. Phase III is scheduled for completion by 2017 (originally planned for 2016).

Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon which opened in 2013, whilst linked to Delhi Metro by the Yellow Line is a separate metro system (with a different owner/operator than the Delhi Metro), although tokens from the Delhi Metro can be used in its network.

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