THE GOVERNMENT of India has approved plans for the second phase of the Delhi metro, which will add a further 53 km and 45 stations to the network by 2010.

Following the formal go-ahead, Delhi Metro Rail Corp announced on September 12 the planned completion dates for the six extensions in Phase II (RG 8.05 p464).

First to open in December 2008 will be a 3·1 km eastern extension of Line 1 from Shahdara to Dilshad Garden with three stations. This would be followed in June 2009 by the 8 km eastern extension of Line 3 from Indraprastha to New Ashok Nagar and in December 2009 by the 6·2 km branch of Line 3 from Yamuna depot to Anand Vihar.

October 2009 will see Line 2 extended 7 km north from Vishwavidyalaya to Jahangirpuri, but the 10·9 km southern extension from Central Secretariat to Qutab will not be ready until June 2010. The same month should see completion of the 18·5 km western branch of Line 1 from Inderlok to Mundka.