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1,058-km metro network under construction in 27 cities

There are currently 13 operational rapid transit systems in 13 cities in India. The Delhi Metro itself is connected to few other nearby cities in the National Capital Region.[1] As of January 2021, India has 760.62 kilometres (472.63 miles) of operational metro lines and 540 stations. A further 578.34 km of lines are under construction. Metro rail lines in India are composed of mainly standard gauge. Projects like the Kolkata Metro and Delhi Metro used broad gauge for their earliest lines but all new projects in India are on standard gauge as rolling stock is of standard gauge.

In regard to the Metro Construction, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on said 1,058 km of the metro network is under construction in 27 cities to boost urban mobility across the country. He was speaking after inaugurating a section of about 289 metres between the Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 and the Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake stations on the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line via video-conference.

The DMRC has been a trailblazer in urban mobility, and the missing link at the Trilokpuri section of its Pink Line was bridged with least possible disruptions, the minister said.He said 721 km of metro line was operational in 18 cities in the country at present, and a network of 1,058 km was under construction in 27 more.

Puri praised the DMRC on running services with due protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, and said that in the pre-Covid period, its ridership was about 65 lakh per day, and the hope is to reclaim it gradually while ensuring comfort and safety of people. 


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