But what remains to be seen is how grounded this confidence is considering the tight deadline for a project of this magnitude. Its former chief E Sreedharan had expressed doubts about the timely completion of this project in an interview to HT nearly two months ago. “For a project like this, at least one more year will be required,” he had said.
And some of the problems that have led to a delay include the slow pace of land acquisition. Also, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is yet to get the go-ahead from the National Monuments Authority for the construction on Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor. The permission to chop 12,000 trees is also awaited.
“We are capable enough to operate under tight deadlines. We are optimistic about completing phase 3 works in time despite all odds. The successful completion of construction by 2016 will be another milestone,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
Delhi Metro officials said that work is in progress on almost all corridors except Dwarka-Bahadurgarh corridor where preliminary work regarding the finalisation of alignment and preparation of tender documents is still on.