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DMRC submits DPRs for two Metrolite corridors worth Rs 5,587 cr

DMRC is expected to first commence construction work on the Rithala to Narela Metrolite corridor

DMRC, Metrolite corridor, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi Development Authority, Dwarka ECC

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted detailed project reports (DPRs) for two Metrolite corridors which will connect outer Delhi with the main Metro rail network.

The DPRs have been submitted to Delhi government for connecting Rithala to Narela of 21.7 km and Kirti Nagar to Dwarka Sector 25 ECC of 19 km.

DMRC is expected to first commence construction work on the Rithala to Narela Metrolite corridor. It has set deadline of 2023-24 to complete both Metrolite corridors. Both the corridors have already been approved by the Central government cabinet.

The Metrolite is an advanced version of tram, which will be operated at the grade level on road. DMRC will provide fencing on both sides of the corridor.

The cost of Rithala-Narela Metrolite corridor will be Rs 2,914 crore and that for Kirti Nagar-Dwarka Sector 25 (ECC) corridor will be Rs 2,673 crore. Out of the total, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is expected to share Rs 200 crore for the Rithala to Narela Metrolite corridor as it will provide connectivity to its Narela sub-city.

The Metrolite project will reduce the overall project cost by around 50% as it will run mostly on roads, and the cost that will be incurred for elevated or underground corridors will not be included.

DMRC has also tried to propose a Metrolite system for two other corridors of the Delhi Metro Rail project Phase-IV namely, Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block (length 7.9 km) and Inderlok to Indraprastha (length 12.5 km). However, it was not found feasible due to high population density and increasing traffic on roads.

DMRC has initiated the tendering process for procurement of 22 Metrolite train sets for the Kirti Nagar to Dwarka ECC corridor.

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