He may be on the last leg of his stewardship of Delhi Metro, but E Sreedharan is driving the new lifeline of Delhi at great speed.
Soon after he announced Delhi Metro’s imminent foray into Ghaziabad, he had news to cheer the residents of Shalimar Place, Rohini sector-18, Badli and nearby areas.
The construction of Delhi Metro’s proposed Jahangirpuri-Badli corridor is likely to commence within a month, said Sreedharan on Saturday.
What’s more, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is yet to receive the formal clearance from the group of ministers for the proposed corridors under phase 3, may start construction of the line without it.
Delhi Metro is ready with the groundwork to kickstart civil constructions of the proposed corridor. Senior DMRC officials said they would open the bids for its design and construction on Monday, and construction would start within a month.
“We will start civil construction of the 4.48-km stretch within a month through an approval of the board of directors,” said Delhi Metro chief. This corridor is to be commissioned by the end of 2013.
Jahangirpuri-Badli (4.48 km) is one of the four proposed corridors—Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden and Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate being the others—under DMRC’s phase 3 expansion plan.
This stretch, however, will be an extension of Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon).
Line 2 is one of the biggest (45 km) and busiest, with interchanges with Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala), Line 3 (Dwarka-Noida) and Line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur). Old Delhi and New Delhi railway stations of the Indian Railways also fall on this line, which is also connected with the Airport Expressline at New Delhi station.
More than six lakh passengers travel on this stretch every day. According to the DMRC’s detailed project report, the Jahangirpuri-Badli corridor would register a daily ridership of about 30,000 commuters.
The corridor being close to the Haryana border will also cater to passengers from cities like Sonepat, which is 35 km away from the NCR. There will be three stations on this corridor, including Shalimar Place, Rohini Sector 18 and Badli, said officials.
Metro officials said the DMRC is not dependent on the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan to start construction on this line. “Delhi Metro will finance this extension,” said Sreedharan. The estimated project cost of this proposed line is about Rs400 crore.
Construction of the underground Central Secretariat-Kashmiri Gate corridor will also commence immediately after it gets clearance from the National Monument Authority. The proposed corridor has courted controversy as there are many monuments on its route.