Metrolite is ready to ply from Rithala to Narela in the national capital as part of Delhi Metro’s Phase IV project. Metrolite trains sports only three coaches and can accommodate around 300 passengers in one go.
The 22-km stretch will see trains running on a rail corridor that has been fenced on both sides. This is unlike similar rail projects that ply in other cities around the world, where the vehicle shares road space with other modes of transport.
Even though the Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block and Inderlok-Inderprastha corridors of Phase IV of the Delhi Metro development were considered for the surface level Metrolite system, they will be getting regular ` corridors.
Metrolite would have 100 percent right of way and same average speed as the metro. The Metrolite will run on elevated sections or underpasses in places where there is no possibility of laying a dedicated corridor.
One of the major reasons of lowered cost is due to simpler infrastructure as going elevated or underground is a major project cost that can be avoided when running on the surface.
The corridors and stations would be located in the middle of the road, which would be accessible through subways connected to the footpaths from the stations.
The Delhi Development Authority will partially fund the project as the transportation system will provide much-needed connectivity to DDA’s Narela sub-city.