The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are working on a plan to expand Metro connectivity in north-west Delhi’s Narela, where the land-owning agency has planned large-scale housing and commercial projects.
DMRC has planned a 23km-long Metrolite corridor between Rithala and Narela as part of its Phase-4 project. A DDA official said the current alignment of the corridor either does not touch or just passes by the periphery of the areas where economic activities have been planned.
The two agencies are now working on a proposal to construct a 5.6km-long line from the Rithala-Narela corridor to connect the Pooth Khurd and Holambi Kalan areas.
The land-owning agency has decided to pay DMRC ₹1,000 crore for the construction of the Metro project and has made provision of ₹400 crore in its budget for the fiscal 2021-22, officials said.
“We have been holding joint inspections with DMRC officials to finalise the alignment of the line. Our teams recently did a site inspection to assess the feasibility of the proposed line that will cater to a much larger area in Narela sub-city,” said a senior DDA official aware of the development.
Last year, DDA wrote to DMRC to rework the alignment of its Phase 4 Rithala-Narela line, one of the two Metrolite projects in Delhi, to sync it with the development proposed in Narela. The corridor will pass through sectors 25, 26, 31, 32 and 36 in Rohini, Barwala, Pooth Kalan, Bawana industrial areas 1 and 2, Narela, etc.
DMRC officials said DDA has been informed that one single alignment cannot serve the entire Narela area.
Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC, said, “In addition to the original corridor already proposed between Rithala and Narela, a spur of 5.6km from Puth Khurd to Holambi Kalan has been suggested to serve future developments in the area. However, these alignments have not yet received the mandatory approval from the government.” With over 25,000 flats in Narela DDA plans to develop the area which is one of the three sub-cities planned by it (other two are Rohini and Dwarka) in a big way. The agency has hired a consultant to develop a concept for “development of Narela sub-city”.