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NDA Government delivered 3.6 times more Metro projects in just 5 years, compared to UPA Govt

The current government under the visionary leadership of Narendra Modi, has accelerated the pace of development and has initiated a rapid transformation of public transportation system.

With rapid urbanization, metropolitan cities are plagued with transportation issues. While cities are expanding its landscape, the population and traffic problems are indicating a shift towards public transport from private transport. The pressure is mounting on the public transport system from the people living in cities and towns across the country. Mass Rapid Transport System, MRTS has emerged as one of the most effective means of mobility for the citizens in tier-1 and tier-2 cities and Metro has been a major player.

Metro has been instrumental in reducing pollution levels, road accidents and travel time, while providing a substantially cheaper means of travel. The current government is aiming to build world class infrastructure across Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and many more tier 1 and tier 2 cities.


Current Status of Metro projects

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Currently, 585 km of Metro lines are operational in the country. Approximately another 60 km of metro lines are likely to be opened in soon, in the cities of Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Nagpur and Ghaziabad.

With a modest beginning with 8 km in 2002, modern metro rail has shown phenomenal growth in the country.

In the current financial year (2018-19), 140 km of metro lines have been opened for the public (till 10 February 2019).  Out of the 585 km of operational metro lines as on 10 February 2019, 326 km have been made operational after May 2014. That accounts for over 55% of metro projects that have been made operational within the last 5 years. Additional 622 km of Metro projects are underway. The under-construction projects itself account for more than 2.4 times the completed projects during UPA tenure. If all projects are considered, then they are more than 3.6 times.

Since May 2014, 258 km of metro lines have been sanctioned by the Govt. of India. Currently there is about 600 km of sanctioned metro lines under construction which will be operational in next five years. There are about 1000 km of metro line proposals under planning.

Government of India has taken various steps for standardization and growth of metro rail in India.  The Metro Rail Policy 2017 of Govt. of India enables rapid and sustainable growth of metro rail in the country.

The image above depicts the Metro lines in the city of Delhi. As evident from the image, there are over 227 metro stations across Delhi, connecting the entire city with a network of 343 km. The average peak frequency of 2-3 minutes, results in average count of 27,60,000 commuters daily.


Progress of Metro projects in India (as on 10.02.2019)

Operational:  585 km

  1. Delhi & NCR : 327 km
  2. Noida – Greater Noida : 29.7 km
  3. Bangalore : 42.3 km
  4. Hyderabad : 46 km
  5. Kolkata Metro : 27.3 km
  6. Chennai : 45 km
  7. Jaipur : 9.6 km
  8. Kochi : 18.2 km
  9. Lucknow : 8.5 km
  10. Mumbai Metro Line 1 : 11.4 km
  11. Rapid Metro Gurgaon : 12 km
  12. Mumbai Mono Rail Phase-1 : 9.00 km

Under Construction Metro/MRTS Projects : 622 km

  1. Delhi and NCR including extensions : 23 km
  2. Kolkata : 108 km
  3. Bangalore : 72 km
  4. Chennai  : 10 km
  5. Kochi : 7.5 km
  6. Jaipur : 2.5 km
  7. Mumbai : 171 km
  8. Hyderabad : 26 km
  9. Nagpur : 38 km
  10. Ahmadabad : 36 km
  11. Lucknow : 14 km
  12. Pune : 54 km
  13. Bhopal : 28 km
  14. Indore : 32 km

Status of Metrorail Projects in the last 5 years

Noida Metro

The Noida Metro is a rapid transit system connecting the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. The Phase-1 has been successfully completed, while Phase-2 is planned.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Noida metro Rail CorporationNoida-Greater NoidaCompleted25 Jan 201929.707 (elevated)


Namma (Bengaluru) Metro

Namma Metro, also known as Bengaluru Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Bengaluru, India. It is the fourth longest operational metro network in India after the Delhi Metro, Hyderabad Metro and Chennai Metro. It also contains the first underground metro line in South India.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Bangalore Metro Rail CorporationMysore Road -Magadi RoadCompleted16 Nov 20156.4
Sampige Road- YeshwantpurCompleted1 Mar 20145.1
Yeshwantpur-PeenyaCompleted1 Mar 20144.8
Peenya Industry-Completed1 May 20152.5
MG Road- Magadi RoadCompleted30 Apr 20164.8
Sampige Road-National CollegeCompleted18 Jun 20174.0
National College-Rashtriya Vidyalaya RoadCompleted18 Jun 20174.1
Rashtriya Vidyalaya Road-YelachenahalliCompleted18 Jun 20173.9
Mysore Road- Challegata near KengeriWIP2020


Baiyyappanahalli- WhitefieldWIPMar 2023




Hessargatta Cross-BIECWIPMar 2023


R V Road-BommasandraWIPMar 2023


Gotigere-Nagawara-Bangalore AirportWIPMar 2023


Silk Board-K R PuramWIP202217

Hyderabad Metro

The Hyderabad Metro serves the city of Hyderabad, Telangana. It is the second longest operational metro network in India after the Delhi Metro with 47 stations

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Hyderabad Metro Rail CorporationNagole-AmeerpetCompleted29 Nov 201717.01
Ameerpet-Hitech CityCompleted29 Nov 201710
Miyapur-L B NagarCompleted29 Nov 201729.2
Hi Tech City-RaidurgWIP1.47


Chennai Metro

The Chennai Metro serves the city of ChennaiTamil Nadu. The system commenced service in 2015

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Chennai Metro Rail CorporationKoyambedu-AlandurCompleted29 Jun 201510
Washermanper- Chennai International AirportCompleted10 Feb 201913.1
Central-St Thomas MountCompleted25 May 201822


Jaipur Metro

Jaipur Metro is a rapid transit system in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Construction of route from Mansarovar to Chandpole Bazaar, started on 13 November 2010, and was completed in 2014

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Jaipur Metro Rail CorporationMansarovar-ChandpoleCompleted3 Jun 20159.6
Chandpole- Badi ChauparWIP2.4
Sitapura -AmbapuriWIP23.09


Kochi Metro

The Kochi Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Kochi in Kerala, India. It was opened to the public within four years of starting construction, making it the fastest completed metro project in India until the Lucknow Metro overtook it

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Kochi Metro Rail LtdAlluva-Petta  Completed17 Jun 2017
Petta-SN JunctionWIP
JLN Stadium – InfoparkWIP11.2


Lucknow Metro

Lucknow Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Construction of the line begun on 27 September 2014 from Transport Nagar to Charbagh Railway Station which began its commercial operation on 5 September 2017, making it the fastest built metro rail system in the country

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Lucknow Metro Rail CorporationTransport Nagar- Charbagh Railway StationCompleted5 Sep 20178.5
International Airport – Transport NagarCompleted8 Mar 20192.67
Charbagh Railway Station – MunshipullaCompleted8 Mar 201912.6
Charbagh Railway Station- VasantkunjWIP11.10


Mumbai Metro

The Mumbai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of MumbaiMaharashtra. The system is designed to reduce traffic congestion in the city, and supplement the overcrowded. It is being built in three phases over a 15-year period, with overall completion expected in 2025.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Mumbai Metro Rail CorporationVersova–Andheri–GhatkoparCompleted8-Jun-1411.4
Dahisar–MankhurdUnder Construction202242.1
Dahisar-DN NagarUnder Construction202218.5
DN Nagar-MankhurdUnder Construction202223.6
Colaba – Bandra – SEEPZUnder ConstructionDec-2133.5
Wadala–Ghatkopar-Mulund–Teen Hath Naka–KasarvadavaliUnder Construction202132.32
Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-KanjurmargUnder Construction202214.5
Dahisar (East)-Andheri (East)Under Construction16.5
CSIA T2-NMIAProposed35
Dahisar (East)-Mira-BhayanderTendering10.41
Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road)Approved9
Mira Bhayander-VirarProposed


Gujarat Metro

Ahmedabad Metro is a rapid transit system for the cities of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. It is being built by Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Gujrat Metro Rail CorporationNorth-South Corridor18.87
East-West Corridor (Vatsal Gram to Apparel Park)Partially Completed21.16 (6.5)


Pune Metro

Pune Metro is a metro rail based rapid transit system under construction to serve Pune Central and its proudly extended city limits Pimpri & Chinchwad.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Pune Metro Rail CorporationPMMC Bilding-SwargateWIP16.59
Civil Court-HinjawadiWIP23.33


Nagpur Metro

Nagpur Metro is a rapid transit system for the city of Nagpur, India. In February 2014, the Government of Maharashtra gave approval for the Metro Project.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Nagpur Metro Rail CorporationSitabudi-KhapriCompleted7 Mar 201913.5
East-West CorridorWIP19.407


Madhya Pradesh Metro

Indore metro and Bhopal metro are rapid transit systems for cities of Indore and Bhopal that started in 2013.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation LtdBhopal : (AIIMS-Karond Circle)WIP14.99
Bhopal : (Ratnagiri Tiraha-Bhadbhada Square)WIP12.882
Indore : (Benglai Square :Palasia-Bhaarsala-Gandhinagar-vijaynagar-Radisson-kharjana-Bemgali square)WIP31.55


Gurugram Metro

Gurugram Rapid Metro is a metro system serving the city of Gurugram, Haryana, India. Gurugram Metro has a total length of 11.7 kilometres serving 11 stations.

Metro operatorRouteStatusCompletion dateLength (km)
Gurgaon Rapid MetroPhase-1Completed31 Mar 2017
Sector 42-43Completed25 Apr 2017
Sector 53-54Completed25 Apr 2017
Sector 54 ChowkCompleted31 Mar 2017
Sector 55-56Completed31 Mar 2017



Many metro rail projects have been conceptualized and completed in the last five years.  Many projects which have been long delayed due to administrative and financial issues have been fast-tracked in the last five years.

New projects like Ahmedabad metro, Lucknow metro, etc has been conceptualized and made operational already. Many projects like Chennai metro, Hyderabad metro, Bangalore metro have been extended.

Even tier 2 cities have been given importance with projects in cities like Pune, Bhopal and Indore receiving sanction from the government.

Lucknow metro is considered to be the fastest completed metro project in India.

The current government under the visionary leadership of Narendra Modi, has accelerated the pace of development and has initiated a rapid transformation of public transportation system. He has worked for the people and has been instrumental in raising the bar of development. The reforms and policies launched by this government have been with a view to not only initiate, but also complete projects. The NDA Government has delivered on its promises in the past 5 years. The full credit of this incredible transformation story of New India belongs to Narendra Modi. Under his able guidance and leadership, the nation will continue to rise, and deliver new rapid transportation systems to cities in India.

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