Delhi Metro may not be able to complete the entire 140-kilometre network it has taken up for construction before December 2016 -- the deadline for phase 3. Former metro chief E Sreedharan has said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, at best, can complete only 80 per cent of it before the deadline.
"A five-year deadline is too unrealistic for completion of such a huge project. This is the biggest ongoing metro project in the world today," he said.
The government should have given at least one more year to DMRC to complete the project, the length of which has been gradually increased by the government, he said.
As managing director of DMRC, Sreedharan had initially proposed to construct three new lines, measuring 103-kilometre, in phase 3. The Centre, however, later extended its scope of work by adding 37 kilometre in the form of the extensions of two existing corridors and two proposed corridors after Sreedharan retired in December 2011.
DMRC officials refused to comment. "We will not comment on this," said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.
DMRC sources, however, agreed that the five-year deadline given to them by the government was only to add 103km to the existing network. "But additional 37 km has been added to it at a later stage for which the deadline has not been extended," said a source.
The four extensions added to the metro's scope of work by central government include the extension of proposed Janakpuri-Kalindi Kunj corridor up to Botanical Garden, extension of Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor up to Shiv Vihar, extension of Noida-Dwarka corridor up to Najafgarh and metro's extension to the NCR city Faridabad.
Delhi Metro took 7.3 years for building 65 kilometres under phase one while another 125km was added in just 4.5 years in phase 2.