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Working, but far from finished

india Updated: Jun 20, 2010 23:53 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja

The Metro may have received a no objection certificate (NOC) to begin regular service to Gurgaon, but this does not mean work associated with the project is either complete or safe. Far from it.

A high-tension power transmission tower still has to be shifted to make place for a subway for Metro users, a crucial underground gas pipeline area running along the Qutub-Gurgaon line has to be fenced from commuters and hawkers alike, and DMRC is yet to get land to construct a parking lot at the Sikandarpur Metro Station.

Officials of DMRC, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), Haryana Urban development Authority (HUDA), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon recently held a meeting recently to address these pending issues.

In a startling revelation at the meeting, BP Singh, official, Northern Region Pipeline of IOC said that a conduit named Mathura-Jalandhar pipeline (MJPL) ran parallel to the Gurgaon Metro line for a stretch of about three kms.

He said the pipeline — crucial to Northern India's need for petroleum products — passed dangerously close to the Metro stretch between Iffco Chowk and Sikandarpur.

“The space between the Metro line and the pipeline is about 5 to 6 meters only and there are chances that the green belt over the pipeline will be used by commuters and vendors,” Singh had said. He feared that it could invite a disaster like the Jaipur oil fire of October 2009, in which an IOC fuel depot was engulfed in flames. Singh urged authorities to provide fencing as well as install warning signages over the pipeline.

MCG commissioner Rajesh Khullar promised to get the work done. But the promise was yet to materialise till Sunday.