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 Metro

As of July 2011, with the Airport Express Line in service, the Delhi Metro system comprises six lines with a total length of ~190 km and and 142 stations:

The Red Line (initially line 1) extended its total length to 24.4 km (21 stations) with the eastern extension to Dilshad Garden on 4 June 2008. The new section runs on a viaduct, parallel to the mainline tracks.

The previous extension brought the line length to 21.3 km (18 stations) on 31 March 2004 with the inauguration of the Inder Lok - Rithala section. The entire section is elevated and runs on a viaduct constructed mostly on road medians.  

The first two sections of the Red Line were opened on 25 December 2002 (Shahdara to Tis Hazari - 8.3km, 6 stations) and 3 October 2003 (Tis Hazari to Inder Lok - 4.1km, 4 stations) respectively. After two extensions, the line is now 25 km long.

The Yellow Line (line 2) which was opened in two stages between Vishwa Vidyalaya (Delhi University, North Campus) and Central Secretariat, used to be underground for its entire 11 km length. The route passes through the city centre, or the central business district at Connaught Place. The stations along the route were built by cut-and-cover technique except at Chawri Bazar where tunneling was used. Metro stations are located 12.85 m below ground level except at the highly congested Chawri Bazar station which is located at 20 m below ground. In February 2009, the Yellow Line was extended north to Jahangirpuri, including the first four elevated stations on this line. The total length of the Jahangirpuri - Central Secretariat is 17.4 km. In June 2010, the first 14.5 km part of a southern extension was brought into service, taking the Metro across the city border into Gurgaon. With the 12.5 km missing section opened in September 2010, line 2 is now 45 km long.

The Blue Line (lines 3 & 4) runs mostly elevated or at grade with a short underground section in central New Delhi. It is currently (07/2011) about 60 km long. The Blue Line intersects with the Yellow Line at Connaught Place, but does not provide interchange with Line 1.

The Green Line (line 5) is the first standard-gauge metro line in Delhi; it is 15.1 km long (Inderlok to Mundka) and completely elevated.

The mostly elevated Violet Line (line 6) opened in two stages in 2010/2011.

The 22.5 km Airport Express Line (Orange Line) opened in February 2011 after some delays and connects Indira Gandhi International Airport to New Delhi railway station.

 Rapid Metro Gurgaon


Rapid Metro Gurgaon is a 5.1 km elevated standard-gauge mostly single-track loop line, which runs from Sikanderpur Metro station on Delhi Metro's Yellow Line, to serve Gurgaon CyberCity. The system was built as Siemens turnkey project and started regular service on 14 Nov 2013. (Official Website)

Construction of a second phase (7 km, 6 stations) along Golf Course Road began in 2013 for opening in July 2015.

 History

Delhi Metro © Richard StedallThe planning for the Metro in Delhi had started in the 1950s. Numerous studies were conducted for studying the feasibility of a rail based mass transit system. The first steps towards the construction of the metro were only initiated in 1995 when the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was registered. Physical work on the project started on October 1, 1998.

25 Dec 2002: Shahdara - Tis-Hazari (Red Line)
03 Oct 2003: Tis Hazari - Inder Lok (Trinagar) (Red Line)
31 Mar 2004: Inder Lok - Rithala (Red Line)
19 Dec 2004: Vishwa Vidyalaya (Delhi University) - Kashmere Gate (Yellow Line), 4 km
03 July 2005: Kashmere Gate - Central Secretariat (Yellow Line), 7 km

31 Dec 2005: Dwarka - Barakhamba (Blue Line), 22.9 km
01 Apr 2006: Dwarka - Dwarka Sector 9 (Blue Line), 6.5 km
11 Nov 2006: Barakhamba - Indraprastha (Blue Line), 4.0 km
04 Jun 2008: Shahdara - Dilshad Garden (Red Line), 3.1 km
04 Feb 2009: Vishwa Vidyalaya - Jahangirpuri (Yellow Line), 6.4 km
10 May 2009: Indraprastha - Yamuna Bank (Blue Line), 2.1 km
13 Nov 2009: Yamuna Bank - Noida City Centre (Sector 32) (Blue Line), 13.1 km
08 Jan 2010: Yamuna Bank - Anand Vihar (Blue Line), 6.3 km
03 Apr 2010: Inderlok - Mundka (Green Line), 15.1 km
21 June 2010: Qutab Minar - Huda City Centre (Yellow Line), 14.5 km
26 Aug 2010: Chattarpur station added (Yellow Line)
03 Sept 2010: Central Secretariat - Qutub Minar (Yellow Line) 12.5 km
03 Oct 2010: Central Secretariat - Sarita Vihar (Violet Line) 15 km
30 Oct
2010: Dwarka Sector 9 - Dwarka Sector 21(Blue Line), 2.8 km
14 Jan 2011: Sarita Vihar - Badarpur (Violet Line) 5.1 km
23 Feb 2011: New Delhi Railway Station - Dwarka Sec 21
(Airport Express Line) 22.5 km
14 July 2011: Anand Vihar - Vaishali (Blue Line), 2.6 km
15 Aug 2011: Aerocity and Dhaula Kuan stations added (Airport Express Line)
27 Aug 2011: Kirti Nagar - Ashok Park Main (Green Line), 3.3 km

14 Nov 2013: Sikanderpur - Cyber City (Rapid Metro Gurgaon), 5.1 km

 Projects

For updated details on current and future projects click here

See map as displayed at Kashmere Gate station showing planned lines (304K)

 


 Photos


Left: L2 Chandni Chowk, right: L3 Rajiv Chowk


L3 Rajiv Chowk

 

 Links

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (Official Website)

Rapid Metro Gurgaon (Official Website)

Delhi Metro at Wikipedia

Rapid Metro Gurgaon at Wikipedia

Delhi Metro Newsgroup

Delhi Metro Map at Johomaps

Chasing the Metro (Metro Construction Blog)

 

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