Phase-IV of Delhi Metro may see delay of 2-3 months
But not much cost escalation, says DMRC chief
The work on the Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, but the ongoing project will not get delayed by more than two-three months.
Also, this will not entail much cost escalation. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) team utilised the lockdown to work on detailing and designing Phase-IV project so that whenever the situation improved, Delhi Metro would be ready.
During the 169-day period of Delhi Metro suspension, DMRC had suffered losses worth around Rs 1,300 crore.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak in the national capital, labourers started heading back to their native places. However, almost 80 to 90 percent of the labourers are now back in the unlock process. Also, all safety precautions are being ensured at the working site.
Under Delhi Metro Phase-IV approved segment, a total of 61.679 km new Metro lines will be developed across three different corridors consisting of 45 stations.
The Cabinet had sanctioned R K Ashram-Janakpuri West, Mukundpur-Maujpur, and Aero City-Tughlakabad corridors. The other three proposed corridors which are yet to be approved by the Union Cabinet are Inderlok-Indraprastha, Rithala-Bawana-Narela, and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block corridors.
The construction work of Phase-IV started with a groundbreaking ceremony held at Haider Badli Mor on 30 December 2019. On the 28.92 km long Janakpuri West-R K Ashram Marg corridor, which is Magenta Line’s extension, piling work had begun for construction of 10 stations. Meanwhile, to monitor the construction of Phase-IV work, a huge office had been set up at Haiderpur Badli Mor Metro station.
Additionally, three interchange stations will come up as part of the first corridor work – Madhuban Chowk (Red Line), Peeragarhi (Green Line), and Haiderpur Badli Mor (Yellow Line). The corridor of Janakpuri West-R K Ashram Marg will have three more interchange facilities at Azadpur (with Yellow Line), Majlis Park (Pink Line) and R K Ashram Marg (with Blue Line). A total of 15 stations will come up on the Aerocity-Tughlakabad corridor.
In the month of August 2020, preliminary work began for construction of the fifth Metro bridge over the Yamuna river, on the Majlis Park-Maujpur Corridor. The new bridge, which will be 560 mtr long, will come up between the two existing bridges on the Yamuna river that are Signature Bridge and Wazirabad Bridge.