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Red Line (Delhi Metro)


Red Line (Delhi Metro)

Red Line
Red Line
Type Rapid transit
System Delhi Metro
Locale Delhi
Termini Dilshad Garden (east)
Rithala (west)
Stations 21
Daily ridership 6.5 million
Opened December 25, 2002
Operator(s) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Character At-grade, underground, and elevated
Line length 25.15 km
Track gauge Indian gauge
Electrification 25 kV 50 Hz AC through overhead catenary

The Red Line of the Delhi Metro system in Delhi, consists of 21 stations that runs from Dilshad Garden to Rithala with a total distance of 25.15 km.[1] The entire line is elevated. The line connects the areas of North East Delhi, North Delhi and North West Delhi.


  • History 1
  • Future extensions 2
  • Map 3
  • List of stations (East to North) 4
  • References 5


The DMRC was facing a mammoth problem of funding. The then Central Government (BJP+NDA) did not have enough money for the project and no foreign fundings were available due to economic sanctions after the Pokaran-2 Nuclear Tests. The Central Government then took a bold decision. The Government decided to Construct a Segment of whole Project, by concentrating all available funds. This was done to show that India can handle such projects and attract foreign investors, specifically from Japan and South Korea. The Red Line was the first line of the Delhi Metro to be constructed and opened. The first Segment was constructed from Tis Hazari to Shahdara and opened on December 25, 2002. The Strategy worked in favour of DMRC. Many foreign investors, specifically from The Japan Bank for International Cooperation invested in the project, they were really impressed with the attempt, especially by the corruption free model. The money invested was utilised to complete the rest of the segments in phase-I and then in construction of the phase-II. Subsequently, other stations were opened in phases, initially between Tis Hazari to Inderlok in 2003, then from Inderlok to Rithala in 2004 and a final eastern extension from Shahdara to Dilshad Garden in 2008. The Red Line has interchanges with the Red and the upcoming Violet Line at Kashmere Gate and the Green Line at Inderlok. This line is the third most heavily used by daily commuters, as it acts as a link for those, who reside in West and North Delhi, to travel towards East Delhi and vice versa.

Future extensions

An extension from Rithala to Bawana (6.1 km), originally planned for Phase I, has been moved into Phase III for completion by 2016-17 respectively. Another Phase III plan, includes an eastward extension of 9.5 km from Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad ISBT (New Bus Stand) which was approved by the DMRC and the government in January 2014. Construction began in early 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2016-17, thereby providing commuters an another link to travel to Ghaziabad, as opposed to the Blue Line branch, that connects to Vaishali in Ghaziabad.

Extension date Termini Length Stations
December 25, 2002 Shahdara Tis Hazari 8.3 kilometers (5.2 mi) 6
October 3, 2003 Tis Hazari Inderlok 4.1 kilometers (2.5 mi) 4
March 31, 2004 Inderlok Rithala 8.9 kilometers (5.5 mi) 8
June 4, 2008 Shahdara Dilshad Garden 3.1 kilometers (1.9 mi) 3
Total Dilshad Garden Rithala 25.15 kilometers (15.63 mi) 21


Red Line of Delhi Metro

List of stations (East to North)

Delhi Metro Red Line
Dilshad Garden
Mansarovar Park
Swami Dayanand Marg
Shastri Park
Yamuna River
Kashmere Gate  Yellow Line 
 Violet Line 
Tis Hazari
Pul Bangash
Pratap Nagar
Swami Narayan Marg
Shastri Nagar
Inderlok  Green Line 
Kanhiya Nagar
Keshav Puram
Ring Road
Netaji Subhash Place
Kohat Enclave
Pitam Pura
Outer Ring Road
Rohini East
Rohini West
Red Line
No. Station Name Opening Connections Layout
English Hindi
1 Dilshad Garden दिलशाद गार्डन June 4, 2008 None Elevated
2 Jhilmil झिलमिल कालोनी June 4, 2008 None Elevated
3 Mansarovar Park मानसरोवर पार्क June 4, 2008 None Elevated
4 Shahdara शाहदरा December 25, 2002 None Elevated
5 Welcome वेलकम December 25, 2002      Pink Line (Under Construction) Elevated
6 Seelampur सीलमपुर December 25, 2002 None Elevated
7 Shastri Park शास्त्री पार्क December 25, 2002 None At Grade
8 Kashmere Gate कश्मीरी गेट December 25, 2002      Yellow Line
     Violet Line (Under Construction)
9 Tis Hazari तीस हजारी December 25, 2002 None Elevated
10 Pul Bangash पुल बंगश October 3, 2003 None Elevated
11 Pratap Nagar प्रताप नगर October 3, 2003 None Elevated
12 Shastri Nagar शास्त्री नगर October 3, 2003 None Elevated
13 Inderlok इंदरलोक October 3, 2003      Green Line Elevated
14 Kanhiya Nagar कन्हैया नगर March 31, 2004 None Elevated
15 Keshav Puram केशव पुरम March 31, 2004 None Elevated
16 Netaji Subhash Place नेताजी सुभाष प्लेस March 31, 2004      Pink Line (Under Construction) Elevated
17 Kohat Enclave कोहाट एन्क्लेव March 31, 2004 None Elevated
18 Pitam Pura पीतमपुरा March 31, 2004 None Elevated
19 Rohini East रोहिणी पूर्व March 31, 2004 None Elevated
20 Rohini West रोहिणी पश्चिम March 31, 2004 None Elevated
21 Rithala रिठाला March 31, 2004 None Elevated


  1. ^ Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC)

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