The 13.8-km Metro corridor from Badarpur to YMCA Crossing here seems to have run into rough weather.
The construction work on the line, which started a few days ago, has been stopped as the Delhi Metro has reportedly not sought requisite permission from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
NHAI officials said the Delhi Metro had been advised to seek the former’s permission as it had been carrying out boring exercise between Sarai Khwaja and YMCA Crossing on NHAI land for the past few days. “But they ignored this, forcing us to stop work,” said Sanjay Gupta, patrolling officer of NHAI, adding that “there are clear-cut instructions from our bosses that DMRC needed NHAI’s nod before starting construction on the line.”
“The DMRC has started construction on Faridabad Metro without our permission, which is the basic criteria. So, the work had to be stopped,” said a senior NHAI officer, requesting not to be named.
“NHAI should have issued prior notice to us,” said a senior DMRC officer associated with the project.
NHAI officials said the firm had assigned the task of Metro construction at a number of places between Badarpur, Sarai Khwaja and YMCA Chowk for geo-technical investigation. “We stopped work last evening,” said an NHAI official.
Preparatory work on the Badarpur-Faridabad Metro line had started here recently even as the Haryana government and DMRC had not signed an MoU.
Though officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the nodal agency for the Metro line, claim that permission had been granted to the Delhi Metro to carry out preparatory work, the DMRC believes that work of permanent nature will take place once the MoU is signed between the two agencies.