With operations at Delhi Metro coming to a standstill in the wake of the lockdown, work has also come to a halt for the crucial Phase IV of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. This phase, with a sanctioned cost of Rs 24,949 crore, is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation (JICA), which funded the previous three phases as well.
Activity has stopped in Phase IV of the DMRC, which, in the run-up to the suspension of services, witnessed some measured progress in approving priority corridors, awarding of contracts and commencement of construction work. Three priority corridors in Phase IV have been sanctioned with a total length of 61.68 km, comprising both underground and elevated stretches of 22.35 km and 39.32 km, respectively.
These are: Aerocity-Tughlakabad with underground length of 14.61 km and elevated length of 5.5 km having 15 stations; Janakpuri West – RK Ashram Marg with underground length of 7.74 km and elevated length of 21.18 km having 22 stations; and the Mukundpur-Maujpur stretch with an elevated length of 12.55 km with 8 stations.
The first civil contract of the Phase IV project was awarded in December 2019 and the DMRC started preliminary construction work from Haiderpur Badli Mor on the Janakpuri West–RK Ashram Marg corridor.