Accordingly, special permission for the stretch has been received and DMRC had floated tenders even before phase 3 had been officially awarded to the corporation.
Officials say the tenders were floated in November and were to be opened on December 10. But according to sources, tenders were submitted on January 20 and bidders are now going through technical bidding. "The entire process of technical bidding and financial bdding would take a maximum of one-and-a-half months," said Kumar.
Some construction majors that have participated in the tender process are Hindustan Construction, Afcons Infrastructure, Era Construction, Larsen & Toubro, among others. "This line will give respite from the recurrent congestion at Rajiv Chowk," said a senior DMRC officer.
On the stretch, two stations would be constructed — at Janpath and at Mandi House.
"Once it's operational, commuters from Badarpur will not have to change trains at Rajiv Chowk to take Line 3 for Noida or Anand Vihar. They can directly go through Mandi House," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.