On Tuesday, the Delhi Metro, stepped into the 12th year of its operation.
Delhi Metro, which became operational on December 24, 2002, has grown from a network of six stations and four trains that covered 775 km on Day 1 to 145 stations with 208 trains that cover a distance of almost 70,000 km daily, Anuj Dayal, the executive director for Corporate Communications at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), said.
And this year, the service recorded its highest ever ridership on August 19 at 26,06,364.
At a celebratory lunch organised at Metro Bhawan, which was attended by all directors of the DMRC, Dayal spoke about Delhi Metros accomplishments over the years, while highlighting its future plans.
An entirely elevated 11.2-km long extension from Mundka to Bahadurgarh will be constructed. The agreement for the same has been signed between DMRC and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). Also, construction work for the 4.4-km long Dwarka-Najafgarh section, of which 2.75 km will elevated, began on September 12, 2013, he said.
Dayal added that 10 six-coach trains had been planned for the Dilshad Garden-Rithala line. The first of those trains was introduced on November 24, 2013.
Dayal also said DMRC and Solar Energy Corporation of India would collaborate for the development of Solar Photovoltaic Projects to produce solar power at identified DMRC sites.
Speaking about phase-III of the Delhi Metro, the trial for which will begin on December 30, Dayal said, The Central Secretariat to Mandi House stretch will be opened for commuter operations by March 2014 and will help to decongest the Rajiv Chowk Metro station.