Metro Phase III will be built by 2016

May 2nd, 2012 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Delhi Metro’s Phase III, which will connect another 103 km of the capital, will be finished by 2016, Metro chief Mangu Singh said Wednesday.

And to speed up work, Delhi Metro is providing special training for its middle-level staff and deploying more Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs).

“We realize that Phase-III shall be a very huge task to manage,” he told the media.

“On technology our officials have enough experience. But we realized that the middle level management is the backbone, so we trained 76 middle level officers in three batches at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad.”

He said he was confident that all the corridors would be completed on time by 2016.

“The civil tenders on two corridors — Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri to Badli — have been awarded and contractors have begun work,” he said.

The design of the stations and their alignment have been finalised.

About 40 percent of Phase-III will have underground corridors. So DMRC is going for TBM, which helps in tunnelling without causing any damage to the neighbouring buildings.

In Phase III, Delhi Metro aims to link Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Kalindi Kunj, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri to Badli.

The Mukundpur corridor will be the longest (56 km) with 35 stations. The Janakpuri West-Munirka-Kalindi Kunj corridor will be 34 km long with 22 stations.

Delhi Metro now makes over 2,400 trips a day, covering about 70,000 km and carrying around 1.8 million passengers on working days.

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