The row over the proposed location of Jamia Nagar Metro station is finally over. The Delhi Metro has decided to shift the station 120 metres ahead of the earlier location.
Senior officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Jamia Millia Islamia conducted a joint inspection of the site on Friday and finalised the new site for the station - near the Noam Chomsky Centre of the university.
"The proposed station site will be shifted about 120 meters towards Kalindi Kunj. But there will be no change in the alignment," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.
The Jamia Nagar metro station is part of the Janakpuri West-Kalindi Kunj metro line, which is coming up under phase III of Delhi Metro's expansion.
DMRC will start construction at the new station site by the middle of next month so that civil works on the proposed corridor do not face any deadline hurdle.
Early this month, Union law minister Salman Khurshid had also raised the red flag over the metro station coming up very close to the university, saying that it will pose a threat to sanctity and security of the "important historical institution".
According to university sources, the metro station at the earlier location in front of the gardens would have overlooked the administration building and also posed security threat to girl students of the varsity.
Following this, Delhi chief secretary PK Tripathi had asked DMRC chief Mangu Singh to identify an alternative location for the station and check its feasibility.
"Over the week, we conducted a detailed feasibility study and on Friday morning, during the joint inspection, the new proposed location was approved by the university authorities," Dayal said.
"DMRC had done its initial study and calculations and they reported it to us," said Prof Khalid Moin, dean faculty of engineering and technology and professor of civil engineering, who was part of the inspection team.
"We will now redesign the new elevated station. This will be completed within a few weeks. Once the design in place, the construction work will be started," said a DMRC spokesperson.