DMRC’s Rithala-Narela Metro Rail corridor to get Centre’s green signal

NEW DELHI: The Narela sub-city is finally going to get the much-needed metro connectivity. “The Rithala-Narela corridor of the Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project will get the Centre’s approval soon,” Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Land pooling: Building India’s capital,’ Puri said that the 21.7km-long Rithala-Bawana-Narela corridor and two other corridors of the Phase-IV project will receive approvals in the next few months. Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block (7.9 km) and Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.5km) are the two other corridors that are awaiting the Centre’s nod.

The state government had given approval to all the six proposed corridors of Phase-IV in December last year. However, the Union Cabinet gave its green signal to only three corridors in March this year: Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.2km), Janakpuri West-RK Ashram (28.9 km) and Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.5 km). Back then, Puri had said: “There is an urgent need for mobilisation of the much-delayed Phase-IV project of the Delhi Metro, and that is why three of the six corridors have been given approval on priority. The other three corridors would be approved later.”

The Rithala-Bawana-Narela corridor would see the Delhi Metro reach peripheral areas that are plagued by poor transport services. Apart from connecting far flung sectors of Rohini, the corridor will also touch Barwala, Puth Khurd, Bawana, Sanoth and Narela areas. It will not only provide connectivity to the industrial hubs, but also ensure that life can be breathed into the ghost town of Narela sub-city. Developed by Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Narela has been created as a self-sufficient sub-city. But due to the lack of connectivity, few families prefer staying in the area. DDA hopes that the metro would revive the area.