JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has signed two loan agreements totalling Yen 161bn ($US 1bn) with the Indian government for metro expansion projects.

The first funding agreement covers the Yen 58.9bn final tranche of finance for Mumbai Metro Line 3. The second provides Yen 102.9bn for the development of the fourth phase of Delhi’s Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS). Both loans have a repayment term of 30 years.

Mumbai Metro Line 3 (Aqua) is expected to open this September. Extending over 33.5km, it will serve 27 stations between Cuffe Parade and Aarey Colony.

Phase 4 of Delhi’s MRTS programme includes the construction of 65.2km of metro lines along three priority corridors: Mukundpur - Maujpur (Line 7 extension); Janakpuri (W) - RK Ashram (Line 8 extension); and Aerocity - Tughlakabad (Line 10).

Under Phase 4, a total of 27km serving 18 stations will be built underground. Elevated sections will total 38km, serving 27 stations. A further 20.8km along two corridors is also planned. All Phase 4 stations, which will be equipped with platform screen doors, aim to provide last-mile connectivity to new housing hubs in the National Capital Region (NCR).

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