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Delhi Metro Rail Program in India

Access to Information about Metro Rail mega-program in India added to PM World Library

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Rajamahender Rapelly

20 January 2018 – Mumbai, India – Access to a new resource has been added to the PM World Library on the subject of major programs and projects. The new resource is titled “Delhi Metro Rail”, a major rail infrastructure program in the New Delhi area of north central India.

By 1995, the number of registered motor vehicles in Delhi increased dramatically – by 329 percent to 2.3 million and this led to unavailability of enough space for so many vehicles. At the same time, Delhi’s population continued to grow. Having just reached the 10 million mark, such a vast population was placing an additional burden on the already overloaded traffic system. As a result, officials agreed to begin the construction of a mass rapid transit (MRT) rail system for Delhi.

The Delhi Metro is a metro rail system serving the Delhi-NCR region of India. It is built and operated by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), a state-owned company with equal equity participation from the Government of India and Government of Delhi. Delhi Metro is the world’s 12th longest metro system in the length and 16th largest in ridership. It has two phases with six colour-coded regular lines and the fastest express line with a total length of 231 kilometers with 173 stations.

The development of the 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 2018 (originally planned for 2016). Phase-III has 28 underground stations, 2 new lines and 11 route extensions, totaling 167.27 km, with a cost of ₹350 billion (US$5.5 billion).

The Delhi metro has succeeded in reducing the amount of road traffic and congestion in the city and “has since its inception focused on preserving the environment”.

To access these resources, go to the Major Projects and Programmes section of the library at, click on “Transportation – Infrastructure”, then click on Transportation Infrastructure - Rail. Must be registered as Free Trial, Professional or Scholar member and logged in to access.