Second phase of Delhi metro rail to be completed ahead of CW games

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Mumbai, Apr 25 (UNI) The second phase of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be completed much ahead of the Commonwealth Games, DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan said today.

He told UNI that the first line in phase two, between Shahdra and Dilshad Garden, would be thrown open for people by the end of May, well ahead of the scheduled time of December, this year. Similarly, DMRC contemplated to complete the second phase covering a distance of 128 km by September 2010. DMRC had also envisaged two other phases, with the third phase covering a distance of 112 km to be completed by 2015 and the fourth phase of 108.5 km to be completed by 2020.

Replying to a question, he said as many as seven cities have taken up Metro projects following the success of the Delhi Metro. He said only metro rail could meet the transportation needs of cities, where population was more than two million.

He said DMRC would be assisting the Maharashtra Government with the second and third line of the metro project in Mumbai, with the first one being taken up by the Reliance ADA group between Versova, Andheri and Ghatkopar, covering a distance of 11.07 km. The State government would take other routes between Colaba and Charkop (13.37 km) and Bandra-Kurla to Mankhurd (13.37 km). The pace in the first line was much slow, he said, adding that the work in the second line would start before the end of the year.

On the Chennai metro, he said work in the first phase for the Rs 8000 crore project would commence before the end of this year.

There would be two lines, with the first one connecting Washermenpet and Airport via Central Railway Station and Thenampet. The route upto Thenampet would be underground and then onwards the rail would move on an elevated track. The second line was between Central and St Thomas Mount, via Koyambedu ring road.

He said metro projects for other cities including Surat, Pune and Chandigarh were being contemplated.

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