With a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2019, construction on the Phase IV corridor got underway. However, the building was put on hold after COVID-19 broke out in March 2020.
According to officials, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation signed a contract Friday with a manufacturer to purchase 312 coaches for its Phase-IV priority corridors.
Majlis Park to Maujpur, Janakpuri West to RK Ashram Marg and Tughlakabad to Delhi Aerocity are the three priority corridors.
“By signing the contract for the procurement of 312 metro coaches (52 trains) for Phase IV’s priority corridors, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today (Friday) took a major step towards operationalizing its Phase-IV corridors for passenger operations,” the DMRC said in a statement.
With a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2019, construction on the Phase IV corridor got underway. However, after COVID-19 broke out in March 2020, construction was put on hold.
Then-DMRC Chief Mangu Singh had previously stated to PTI on March 31 that “small sections of both Line 7 (Pink) and Line 8 (Magenta), which are being built as part of Phase-IV priority corridors, would probably be operational in a year from now or by March 2023.”
The DMRC announced on Friday that it would purchase 234 standard-gauge coaches for the Majlis Park to Maujpur and Janakpuri West to RK Ashram Marg corridors on Lines 7 (Pink) and Line 8 (Magenta), respectively. For the Tughlakabad to Delhi Aerocity corridor, 78 standard-gauge coaches will also be purchased.
In Metro Bhawan, in the presence of DMRC Managing Director Vikas Kumar and other senior officials, the contract was signed by DMRC Director (Electrical) Om Hari Pande and Alstom Transport India Limited Managing Director Olivier Loison.
All of these trains will be able to run autonomously, supporting the Centre’s “Make in India” initiative and Delhi Metro’s efforts to offer top-notch services. According to the DMRC, these coaches will be produced at the facility of Alstom Transport India in SriCity, close to Chennai.
While the Mukundpur-Maujpur extension of the Pink Line will receive 90 new coaches, the Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg extension of the Magenta Line will receive 144 new coaches (24 trains). 13 trains with 78 coaches each will run along the new Silver Line corridor between Aerocity and Tughlakabad, it was added.
As part of the Phase-IV expansion, the DMRC is building 65.20 km of new lines along three distinct corridors in the capital, with 46 metro stations. By September 2025, all corridors included in this phase will be finished, it was added.
The Noida–Greater Noida corridor and the Rapid Metro in Gurugram are two of the 286 stations that make up the current 391 km network of the Delhi Metro.
On both broad- and standard-gauge lines, it runs a fleet of about 350 trains with four, six, and eight coaches. According to the report, the trains in the Delhi Metro are some of the most modern in the world of urban mass transit.
The Delhi Metro commenced driverless operations on the Magenta Line in December 2020. Driverless services have also been started on the Pink Line.