Initially slated for completion by 2024, Phase IV faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Representative Image (Photo Credits: iStock)

Phase IV also includes two other significant corridors: Majlis Park to Maujpur (12.5 km) and Aerocity to Tughlakabad (23.6 km).

The Delhi Metro is expected to open a new 2.5 Km long section on its Magenta Line for the public in July or August this year.

This new stretch is a part of the eagerly awaited Phase IV extension. On Monday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced that the section will be open once they get approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).

The Magenta Line connects Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden with a total of 25 stations, covering a distance of approximately 34.12 km as of now. As per the officials, the line will be extended by 2.5 kilometers towards Krishna Park Extension on the Janakpuri West side. This new section has been constructed underground.

Under Phase 4, after completion, the Magenta Line will include 22 additional stations covering a distance of approximately 29 Km.

Eventually, the Janakpuri West stretch will pass through areas such as Krishna Park Extension, Keshopur, Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi, Mangol Puri, West Enclave, Pushpanjali, Deepali Chowk, Pitampura, Prashant Vihar, North Pitampura, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Bhalaswa, Majlis Park, Azadpur, Ashok Vihar, Derawal Nagar, Ghanta Ghar, Pulbangash, Sadar Bazar and Nabi Karim and will conclude at R K Ashram.

Other major corridors in the pipeline under Phase IV are Majlis Park to Maujpur (12.5 Km) and Aerocity to Tughlakabad (23.6 Km).

Furthermore, the DMRC has begun the process of getting statutory permissions for two recently authorized corridors under Phase IV i.e. from Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprashta. These corridors are expected to benefit an additional 2.5 lakh daily passengers.

As per the officials, Phase IV of Delhi Metro was set to be completed by 2024 but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not expected to be completed by 2026, with some sections being operational by mid-2025.

In May, the Delhi Metro’s daily ridership has reached a record high of 60.17 lakh passengers. As per a statement from the DMRC, the agency is offering much-needed relief to passengers with its pleasant commute, with over 4,200 train trips covering around 1.40 lakh km per day.