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Phase-III of Delhi Metro will not suffer delay: Official

10 Jan, 2013, 06.50PM IST, PTI

 

Phase-III of Delhi Metro will not suffer delay: Official

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro is confident of rolling out all corridors under Phase-III to the public by 2016 as planned despite hurdles in securing permission from National Monument Authority and acquisition of land.

Delhi Metro will start opening Lines under the Phase-III, which would add another 140 km of the capital to the Metro network, from September, 2015 to March, 2016 in phases and there would be no delay in this regard.

Jitendra Tyagi, Director (Works), Delhi Metro, admitted there were hurdles in the construction of the Phase-III network in the form of permission from the NMA in the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor and acquisition of land for depot in Vinod Nagar which falls under the category of forest.

"Initially, the progress is always slow. Once the civil contract is awarded, half the job is done….We are confident of meeting the target," he told reporters.

He said construction on some lines are delayed but there will be no change in the schedule.

Tyagi said 12 per cent of the work on Phase-III has been completed and all civil contracts have been awarded.

Two corridors of the Phase-III — Central Secretariat to Mandi House and Jehangirpuri to Bali — would be opened to public in 2014, ahead of the schedule. The Central Secretariat -Mandi House stretch would reduce burden on the busy Rajiv Chowk station, he said.

Tyagi also listed the number of initiatives being taken by the Delhi Metro to sensitise workers at the site about safety and etiquettes.

Street plays by artistes and booklets explaining the do's and dont's at the construction sites are some of the safety measures that are being taken up, he said.

300 such plays would be organised across all construction sites of the Delhi Metro till 2016 and three specialised agencies have been hired by DMRC to perform these plays.

Tyagi said the Phase-III would be more useful for people as 9 to 10 interchange stations would be added to the network after its completion in 2016.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/railways/phase-iii-of-delhi-metro-will-not-suffer-delay-official/articleshow/17970277.cms

Airport Express halts, phase III takes off

Dec 31, 2012, 01.54 AM IST

For Delhiites, the year 2012 brought the possibility of a wider public transport network closer to reality with phase III of Delhi Metro getting off the ground. The third phase, which will cover an additional 108km of Delhi, will introduce two new corridors – Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar and Janakpuri (West) to Botanical Garden – besides extending the Central Secretariat line to Kashmere Gate.

The year saw the closure of Delhi's celebrated Airport Metro Express. Launched in February 2011, the line closed amid safety concerns due to construction failures. The high-speed line, which connected the airport to the heart of the city, was discontinued after structural defects were found in the bearings, forcing trains to run at a low speed.

The project, which – being the first PPP project – had been under intense scrutiny, was mired in controversy with DMRC and concessionaire Reliance Infrastructure blaming each other. On July 8, the line was shut for repairs.

Mid-way through the repair, the concessionaire threatened to pull out, with the matter going to arbitration. The line, awaiting clearance from the commissioner of Metro railway safety, looks unlikely to resume operations soon.

Commuters still had reason to cheer after Delhi Metro announced augmentation of its last-mile connectivity with addition of almost 600 feeder buses into its network. However, the project has been delayed with DMRC yet to decide a schedule for the launch. The service, which may add to the Metro's ridership, has been shuttling between the vendor and DMRC. While Delhi Metro claims the vendor has been chosen, the vendor says vehicles are not available as per specifications.

Meanwhile, the extension of the Central Secretariat line also witnessed controversy, with heritage conservationists and ASI objecting to its alignment. The corridor passes near some of the oldest and most popular monuments in Delhi, including Red Fort, The National Monuments Authority is expected to take a call.

However, the silver lining is that work on the rest of the third phase has started.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Airport-Express-halts-phase-III-takes-off/articleshow/17824299.cms

Metro hurtles past hurdles aplenty

New Delhi, Dec 24, 2012, DHNS:

DMRC rolls out eight-coach trains on completing 10 years in city

From installing top-up machines for smart cards to introducing six and eight coach trains, Delhi Metro referred to as the city’s “lifeline” has made travel easier for most of the population.

With glitches here and there, DMRC has managed to bring out some positive changes to the city’s landscape. Metro introduced its first eight coach metro on Monday with more to be introduced in the coming months.

However, the biggest setback was the shutting down of the ambitious airport express line. It has remained suspended from July 8 following structural faults. The fate of the high-speed train run by Reliance Infrastructure is still hanging in the middle with the centre announcing a fresh deadline of resuming operations by December end or early January.

Metro stations became favourites spots for committing suicide after which officials  decided to raise the height of railings at elevated stations, but there hasn’t been much progress. Delay in inducting Metro feeder buses is another issue. Though the tender for the non air-conditioned feeder buses was issued in October last year, the process of procurement is still going.

They are not expected to hit the roads till mid-2013 when they were supposed to be inducted by July this year.

Delhi Metro, which opened to the public on 25 December 2002, has completes 10 years of service on Tuesday. Phase 1 which covered 65 kms was completed in 7.3 years and another 125 kms was added in less than five years under phase 2. With work beginning for phase 3, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation plans to complete its 140 kms project by 2016.
Glitches lead to delay

Slow pace of land acquisition for proposed Metro stations and delay in getting a green signal from National Monuments Authority for the construction on the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate Corridor for the heritage line are some of the major issues leading to delay in beginning proper work under Phase 3.

Permission from the government for chopping 12,000 trees is also awaited. “Civil work is in progress between Moti Bagh and Delhi Cantt, Mukundpur and Azadpur areas. Initial work on the Naraina stretch has also begun on the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor,” said a DMRC official.

On the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor, initial work has been initiated on the Kalkaji-Kalindi Kunj route.

Since permission from NMA is awaited for the heritage corridor on preparatory work has started at the Kashmere Gate Metro station. Work has begun on the entire stretch of the Jahangirprui-Badli and Badarpur-YMCA Chowk corridors.

For the Dwarka-Bahadurgarh stretch not much work has been initiated as officials are still at the stage of finalising the alignment and preparation of tender documents.
“We are optimistic about completing the phase 3 project by 2016 which will be another milestone,” added the official.

A baby named Maitri was born in July inside the Metro while her mother was on her way to hospital.

DMRC has also introduced “more cards” this year which will link travellers to various other forms of transport. DMRC has been certified by the UN as the first Metro rail system in the world to get carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing pollution levels in the capital by 6,30,000 tonnes every year.

The average footfall is 20 lakh with yellow line (HUDA City-Jahangirpuri) registering nearly 5.5 lakh commuters daily and blue line (Noida-Dwarka) registering about 6.5 lakh on a daily basis.

Airport line shutdown a major setback

Complete shutdown of the Airport Express line was a major setback for the Delhi Metro, reports DHNS. This 22.7 kms corridor, which is India's first public private partnership project, was temporarily shut on July 8 after the Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium found some defects on the civil structure and brought them to the notice of the Delhi Metro.

The urban development ministry had set up a committee comprising officials from the Indian Railways, Delhi Metro and Reliance Infrastructure to look into the nature of the defects.

Since then repair has been going on and was completed last month.

 The deadline for resuming services of this Rs 5,700 crore line has been extended since October but is still hanging in the middle.

In the light of the extensive repair work carried out, a fresh safety inspection by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) was sought.

DMRC is hopeful that services will resume by January next year.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/300760/metro-hurtles-past-hurdles-aplenty.html

Metro phase 4 work to begin before phase 3 completion: Minister

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 08, 2012

Metro construction under phase 4 may start even before the 140-km phase 3 network is completed. Addressing the valedictory session of the fifth Urban Mobility Conference 2012 on Saturday, Union urban development
minister Kamal Nath said, “If not completely, we would like to start

work on some sections through which we can connect the existing phase 1 and 2 and also the Phase 3 which is under-construction.”

Batting for Delhi Metro's expansion plans, Nath last year had asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to prepare the detailed project report for phase 4 so that benefits of phase 1 and phase 2 could be fully reaped.

Nath had assured the Union government's full support to phase 4 and said funds would not be an issue.
“When phase 4 is fully completed, Delhi will have 440 km of metro network, which will be bigger than the London underground,” he said.

Airport metro
The minister spoke about Delhi's Airport Metro Express, which has missed several deadlines for reopening fixed by his department earlier.

“The airport express line might start functioning by the end of this month or early next year, as an inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety is expected by then,”
he said.

The minister also said that the proposed monorail will function as a “good feeder to unviable metro projects” by supplementing Metro on certain routes.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Metro-phase-4-work-to-begin-before-phase-3-completion-Minister/Article1-970391.aspx

Japanese agency to provide loan for Delhi Metro's phase-III

29 Mar, 2012, 05.12PM IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Japan International Cooperation Agency, which funded Phase-I and Phase-II of Metro network in Delhi, today signed an agreement with India for providing Rs 7,922 crore as soft loan for construction of Delhi Metro's Phase-III that would add another 103 km to the network.

The agreement was signed between JICA, the official donor agency of government of Japan, and the Ministry of Finance here.

Japan decided to fund Delhi Metro's Phase-III despite its commitment in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country last year.

The loan agreement was signed here by Shinichi Yamanaka, Chief Representative of JICA, and Prabodh Saxena, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

The Rs 7922-crore loan would be given to Delhi Metro and would have repayment period of 30 years with grace period of 10 years and would carry a soft interest of 1.40 per cent.

JICA would fund a total of Rs 14,097 crore for the Phase-III. The agency had earlier funded the two phases of the Delhi Metro.

In the Phase-III, the Centre and Delhi Governments would provide Rs 7,497 crore as equity and Rs 5,100 crore as interest-free subordinate debt for land acquisition and Central taxes.

The loan funds will be allocated to civil works, electrical and communication-related construction, rolling stock procurement and consulting services.

Yamanaka said the loan agreement signifies the importance Japanese government gives to India's overall growth and prosperity.

"The loan for Delhi metro would go a long way in further expanding the metro network in Delhi and NCR thus providing comfortable, safe, punctual and environmental public transport to large number of NCR residents," he said.

 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/railways/japanese-agency-to-provide-loan-for-delhi-metros-phase-iii/articleshow/12455951.cms

 

26 new Metro stations in south Delhi by 2016

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 08, 2012

The southern part of the Capital, which has the highest number of privately-owned cars, is all set to benefit the most from the proposed Metro expansion project under phase III. At present, Metro covers only 34km in south Delhi. Under phase 3, which is scheduled to be completed by 2016,

the DMRC plans to spread the network to 35km more in the district.

The Delhi Metro caters to around two lakh commuters from south Delhi daily. According to the detailed project report, it will serve around four lakh people from the district daily after the completion of phase III.

Two main corridors of phase 3 — Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur and Janakpuri west-Botanical Garden corridor — will pass through south Delhi, which covers 41% of the total Capital area. The district has a population of 23 lakh. South Delhi, considered to be the most posh area, is one of the nine historical districts in the Capital.

 Localities like Greater Kailash, CR Park,  Alaknanda, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Defence  Colony, New Friends Colony, Gulmohar Park, Gulmohar Enclave and Vasant Kunj are situated here.

“In phase III, south Delhi residents are going to benefit immensely. With 26 new Metro stations, covering all strategic locations and four interchange facilities, almost all parts of the district will be connected by Metro,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.

There is no Metro interchange facility in the district. In phase 3 project, interchange stations have been planned at INA, Lajpat Nagar, Hauz Khas and Kalkaji Mandir, said DMRC officials.

“Metro will directly link south Delhi to the domestic terminal of IGIA, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida. Besides, it will provide direct connectivity to post residential areas, markets and educational institutes,” Dayal said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/26-new-Metro-stations-in-south-Delhi-by-2016/Article1-808229.aspx

 

New trains to cut Metro travel time

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Jan 25, 2012, 03.29AM IST

NEW DELHI: Travelling by Metro will become a breeze in the new lines coming up in Phase III. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) plans to float global tenders for 486 coaches next month. These trains will be faster, sturdier and more reliable, says DMRC's HS Anand. "The ridership at the busiest point on line 7 (Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar) is pegged at 28,000. To deal with this passenger load, we are going in for better trains in the third phase," said Anand, director (rolling stock).

The trains, which are to be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will have a higher average speed, cutting down the travel time considerably. Said Anand, "The average speed will go up from the existing 32kmph to 36kmph. So a trip that earlier took 3.45 hours will take only three hours on these trains." The reason for the higher speed is the presence of more powered coaches in these train sets. While the train sets now have only three of the six coaches drawing power, the news ones will have four powered coaches. "With more powered coaches, there is a corresponding increase in speed, as the trains will accelerate and decelerate faster," added Anand.

The frequency of the trains will be ramped up on the two new lines-Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri (west)-Kalindi Kunj.

The trains are also going to be more "reliable", says Delhi Metro. "The sub-system of these new trains is an improved version, as they will be more advanced technically. These coaches will be 60% better than the trains in Phase II," added Anand. Also, the trains will have wider coaches that can accommodate more people. Said Anand, "The trains are standard gauge trains but the coaches will have the same width as broad gauge trains, making it easier to accommodate around 50 more people inside the coach." Standard gauge coaches are 2.9m wide while broad gauge coaches are 3.2m wide.

Additional features of the trains include LED-based lighting for energy conservation, LCD screens for passengers as well as longer life of the train. "The global tender will floated soon. The tender documents have been sent to JICA for approval, before the tender is taken out by Delhi Metro. JICA's approval is needed as it will be funding the procurement of trains in Phase III," added Anand.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/New-trains-to-cut-Metro-travel-time/articleshow/11622654.cms

Delhi Metro all set to connect NCR universities

UMESH PATIL | New Delhi, January 25, 2012 16:00

  Good news for students facing daily traffic chaos on their way to colleges and universities. The third phase of Delhi Metro will connect five universities in the National Capital Region (NCR).

According to the proposed corridor, the Delhi Metro will connect South Campus of Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Amity University in Noida, YMCA University of Science and Technology in Faridabad, with each other.

“The work on the project to link educational institutes and other areas will be completed by 2016,” said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (Haryana region) spokesperson Himanshu Sharma.

The DMRC had recently conducted a survey to figure out the students who would travel by metro by 2016.

According to the survey, around 21,000 students from Amity, 19,000 from Jamia and 35,000 students from other university campuses would travel by the Delhi Metro.

Apart from the universities' linking project, students will also be benefited from 33.49 km metro line connecting Noida Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West in Delhi.

In this process, Delhi's Munerka station would cater to JNU, IIT campuses, where as the proposed station at Jamia Nagar would serve Jamia University. In Noida, the station at Botanical Garden will facilitate commuters for Amity University.

Not only students of universities, but students from several other DU colleges will also benefit from the proposed linking of these premier educational institution.

Moreover, the YMCA University station in Faridabad would serve the extended Badarpur-YMCA line.

The third phase would also connect the three areas of Kalkaji-Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West.

Similarly, the Metro project would facilitate commuting between Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor.

The Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor is also likely to make the journey easier to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).

http://www.thesundayindian.com/en/story/delhi-metro-all-set-to-connect-ncr-universities/29111/

विद्यार्थियों के लिए वरदान बनेगी मेट्रो

Story Update : Saturday, January 21, 2012    12:01 AM

 

फरीदाबाद। राजधानी वासियों के लिए लाइफ लाइन बनी मेट्रो रेल अपने तीसरे चरण में एनसीआर के लाखों विद्यार्थियों के लिए भी वरदान साबित होगी। मेट्रो के नए प्रस्तावित कॉरीडोर राष्ट्रीय राजधानी क्षेत्र के पांच बड़े विश्वविद्यालयों को आपस में जोड़ने का काम करेगी, जो अब तक मेट्रो की पहुंच में नहीं थे। तीसरे चरण के तहत दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के साउथ कैंपस के अलावा जामिया मिलिया विश्वविद्यालय, आईआईटी-दिल्ली और जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय सहित नोएडा का एमिटी विश्वविद्यालय और फरीदाबाद का वाईएमसीए विज्ञान एवं तकनीकी विश्वविद्यालय मेट्रो रेल की पहुंच में होगा।
अब नोएडा के बोटेनिकल गार्डन से जनकपुरी वेस्ट तक प्रस्तावित ३३.४९ किलोमीटर लंबे मेट्रो कारीडोर कॉरीडोर का सबसे ज्यादा फायदा छात्र समुदाय को मिलेगा। मुनिरका मेट्रो स्टेशन के पास जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय (जेएनयू), भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान (आईआईटी-दिल्ली) मेट्रो स्टेशन, जामिया नगर मेट्रो स्टेशन के नजदीक जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया विश्वविद्यालय और बोटेनिकल गार्डन से एक स्टेशन पहले एमिटी विश्वविद्यालय का मेट्रो स्टेशन बनाया जाएगा।
इसके साथ ही तीसरे चरण के तहत प्रस्तावित बदरपुर-वाईएमसीए कॉरीडोर का अंतिम स्टेशन वाईएमसीए विज्ञान एवं तकनीकी विश्वविद्यालय के नजदीक बनाया जाएगा। तीसरे चरण में यह कॉरीडोर कालका जी से बोटेनिकल गार्डन-जनकपुरी वेस्ट कॉरीडोर से जुड़ जाएगा। इसके बाद दिल्ली, नोएडा और फरीदाबाद के लाखों छात्रों को खासी राहत मिलेगी। इसके अलावा इसी चरण में यमुना विहार से मुकुंदपुर कॉरीडोर पर मेट्रो सेवा शुरू होने के बाद एम्स पहुंचना भी आसान होगा। केवल विश्वविद्यालय ही नहीं बल्कि दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के कई डिग्री कॉलेज और प्रमुख शिक्षण संस्थानों की राह मेट्रो चलने के बाद आसान हो जाएगी।
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अब तक नॉर्थ कैंपस तक पहुंच
दिल्ली मेट्रो से अब तक केवल दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय का नॉर्थ कैंपस ही विश्वविद्यालय-हुडा सिटी सेंटर (गुड़गांव) लाइन से जुड़ा हुआ था। इस कॉरीडोर के तहत साउथ कैंपस के इक्का-दुक्का कॉलेज ही जुड़े हुए थे। लेकिन तीसरे चरण की मेट्रो चलने के बाद पूरा फायदा विद्यार्थी वर्ग उठा पाएगा।
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हजारों छात्रों को मिलेगा फायदा
दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन ने एक सर्वे कराया था, जिसमें २०१६ तक मेट्रो रेल सेवा का फायदा उठने वाले छात्र समुदाय की संख्या का आकलन किया था, जिसके मुताबिक तीसरे चरण की मेट्रो का फायदा तकरीबन ८० हजार छात्र उठा पाएंगे।

‘दैनिक यात्रियों की सहूलियत ही नहीं बल्कि एनसीआर के छात्र समुदाय की सुविधाओं को ध्यान में रखकर मेट्रो स्टेशन तय किए गए हैं। तीसरे फेज में बेहतर सुविधा एनसीआर के छात्रों को मिलेगी।’
-हिमांशु शर्मा, प्रवक्ता, दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन

किन संस्थानों की राह होगी आसान
१. मुनिरका मेट्रो स्टेशन-जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय
२. आईआईटी स्टेशन-आईआईटी दिल्ली
३. जामिया नगर स्टेशन -जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया
४. एमिटी नोएडा -एमिटी विश्वविद्यालय
५. वाईएमसीए फरीदाबाद -वाईएमसीए विश्वविद्यालय
६. आरके पुरम स्टेशन -जीसस एंड मैरी कॉलेज, मैत्रेयी कॉलेज
७. धौला कुआं स्टेशन- दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय(साउथ कैंपस), रामलाल आनंद कॉलेज, मोतीलाल नेहरू कॉलेज, श्री वेंकटेश्वर कॉलेज, आत्माराम सनातन धर्म कॉलेज

डीएमआरसी के आंकड़े(लगभग)
. २१,५०३ छात्र एमिटी विश्वविद्यालय से करेंगे सफर
. १८,९७९ छात्र जामिया विश्वविद्यालय से उठाएंगे लाभ
. १८,९३९ छात्र जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय के बढ़ेंगे
.११,७०६ छात्रों का दबाव बढ़ेगा धौलाकुआं के नजदीक से
. ५,५९२ आईआईटी दिल्ली के छात्रों का दबाव बढ़ेगा
. १,००० छात्रों का दबाव वाईएमसीए से बढ़ने की संभावना

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New routes to skip busy Rajiv Chowk

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi,

Does the very thought of passing through the highly congested Rajiv Chowk Metro station scares you? Then just wait for Phase 3 of Delhi Metro, which is expected to be in place in 2016. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has designed corridors in its next phase in such a way that

commuters will have a choice of alternative lines connecting the same destinations without touching Rajiv Chowk, which currently registers a footfall of 5 lakh commuters every day.

The four corridors that will act as alternative options are Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate, Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden, Rajouri Garden-Mayur Vihar and Azadpur-INA.

"The new corridors in the next phase were planned keeping decongestion of Rajiv Chowk Metro station in mind. This arrangement will help a great deal in decongesting the corridors as well as the commuters will have alternative routes to opt for reaching the same destinations almost in same time," said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.

All these four stretches fall on either of the two busiest and longest Metro corridors.

The 9.3-km Central Secretariat – Kashmere Gate corridor, the civil construction of which has already begun, will help decongest the existing stretch between the same stations on the very busy Line 2 (Jahangirpuri – Gurgaon).

Currently, the stretch of this line between Central Secretariat and Kashmere Gate takes about 14 minutes to cover; the new stretch will take around 14 to 15 minutes. The 30-km (approx.) stretch connecting Azadpur with INA Metro station will be part of the 56-km Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor in phase 3 of the extension.

The new stretch and the existing one on Line 2 will take approximately 35-40 minutes to cover the distance.

Likewise, the other two corridors in phase 3 would cover the distance in almost the same time as the current Metro lines.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/New-routes-to-skip-busy-Rajiv-Chowk/Article1-791346.aspx

DMRC's ITO facelift: Metro station to straddle Fleet St, office

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Jan 17, 2012, 12.40AM IST

NEW DELHI: One of Delhi's busiest crossings, the ITO, is set for a major makeover that will change the contours of a perpetually clogged intersection. And it will be a Metro station that will be the trigger for change.

With Delhi Metro extending the Central Secretariat corridor to Kashmere Gate via Mandi House, construction of the station at ITO will begin from April. It's tipped to be one of the busiest stations with several government offices, including the police headquarters, UGC and Delhi's Fleet Street, in the vicinity. DMRC is already pegging the ridership at 40,000.

With six entry and exit points, the station will be unusual in many ways, say Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials. Director (projects), Kumar Keshav, said, "The station's design has been specifically tailored to cater to a large catchment area, which includes scores of offices."

To feed the station, DMRC will also be building two subways in the area – one on Indraprastha Marg and the other on Deen Dyal Upadhyay Marg. The existing subway on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg will also link the station. Delhi Metro officials claim the six entry-exit points were designed to reduce the gridlock at the junction.

The tender is expected to be awarded in February, with construction, including traffic diversions, scheduled to begin in April. But before digging and excavation work begins, utility diversions will be implemented. "Also, monitoring of buildings and utility lines will be undertaken. This will continue through the construction period and months after," said a DMRC official. The monitoring will be done by the contractor. However, with alignment for the CTST-Kashmere Gate corridor going under the road at this junction, impact on buildings is expected to be minimal, said officials.

The station, which will be built using the cut-and-cover technology, will be 250m long. It will straddle the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, 16 metres under and 20metre wide. The subways will be considerably longer than the norm.

Each subway will be 110 m long and will have four entry-exit points – Police HQ, Institute of Engineers, Andhra School and the beginning of Rouse Avenue. Usually, subways are kept around 50m long, said DMRC officials.

"And the moment you come out of the subways, you will touch a bus stop and important crossings. This encourage more people to use the Metro," said the Delhi Metro official.

"The station box itself will first start with the diaphragm wall being cast using hydraulic rigs, with walls to protect the excavated face and also act as permanent part of the station structure. Once the walls are in place, the structure is built from the top downwards," said the official. Construction of the staircase well and other ancillary structures will be done simultaneously. Meanwhile, the shafts to lower the tunnel boring machine will be built at two ends – Mandi House and ITO, which will construct the actual alignment. Work on the TBM will go on simultaneously with the cut-and-cover construction of the station box.

The underground station will be structured much like the existing Jawaharlal Nehru or Khan Market station, with its individualistic canopy. This style will in fact be replicated in all the stations on the CTST-Kashmere Gate line except at Mandi House and Kashmere Gate, which is an interchange station, said the official.

The island platform at the ITO station, meanwhile, will help manage large crowds, as it avoids over-crowding.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/ITO-facelift-Metro-station-to-straddle-Fleet-St-office/articleshow/11517063.cms

 

DMRC Ph 3 TO REGENERATE POWER

 
 

Did you know that the Metro system needs only 2-3 % of Delhi's total requirement of power -which is 3,500-4,500 MW per day?

And if Metro officials are to be believed, despite the 120km expansion in phase 3, their power requirement will not go up by much. The reason: The new Metro trains that will be added to the fleet will be able to regenerate more power.

“Metro trains need 15% extra energy to attain high speed. But now, trains will achieve higher speed despite using up almost the same amount of power,“ explained HS Anand, director (Rolling Stock).

At least 60-65 % of power will be regenerated through the introduction of advanced regenerative braking technology, Anand added. Presently Metro trains regenerate 25-30% of power. “The new trains' low dependence on friction brakes will help in regenerating and saving energy,“ he said.

Under this system, whenever a train would apply brakes, the released kinetic energy will be converted into electrical energy. The kinetic energy would kickstart a converter-inverter, which would act as an electricity generator and supply electrical energy back to the over head electricity lines that supply power to run trains.

At present, Delhi Metro consumes an average of 1.5 million units every day. The total number of cars at present is 1,022.
This number will rise to 1,234 cars in phase 2. In Phase-3, 778 cars will be added to the fleet.

 
 

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HD/2012/01/13/index.shtml

जून से पहले मेट्रो में लगेंगे 8 कोच

: Thursday, January 12, 2012,21:16

नई दिल्ली : दिल्ली मेट्रो की 68 रेलगाड़ियों में जून तक डिब्बों की संख्या बढ़ाकर आठ कर दी जाएगी। यात्रियों की भारी भीड़ को देखते हुए ऐसा करने का निर्णय किया गया है।

 रेलगाड़ी खंड के निदेशक एचएस आनंद ने कहा कि यात्रियों की भीड़ को देखते हुए जून से पहले हम आठ डिब्बों वाली रेलगाड़ी शुरू करेंगे। शुरुआत 68 रेलगाड़ियों के साथ की जाएगी। डिब्बों की संख्या ब्रॉड गेज पर चलने वाली रेलगाड़ियों में बढ़ाई जाएगी।

दिल्ली मेट्रो के 190 किलोमीटर लम्बे रेलमार्ग में से 60 किलोमीटर स्टैंडर्ड गेज का तथा 130 किलोमीटर ब्रॉडगेज का है। दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल निगम (डीएमआरसी) के एक अधिकारी ने कहा कि 200 मेट्रो रेलगाड़ियों में से अभी 100 रेलगाड़ियों में छह डिब्बे और शेष 100 में चार डिब्बे हैं। आनंद ने कहा कि दिल्ली मेट्रो के तीसरे चरण में बिना पहिये वाली रेलगाड़ी चलाने का विचार किया जा रहा है। इस पर हालांकि अभी फैसला लिया नहीं गया है। यदि इसमें लागत कम आएगी तभी इस विचार पर आगे बढ़ा जाएगा।

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'जहां मेट्रो, वहां बीआरटी न हो

'मिहिर मिश्रा / नई दिल्ली January 12, 2012

 
 
 
 

दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन (डीएमआरसी) ने दिल्ली सरकार को पत्र भेजकर कहा है कि वह बस रैपिड ट्रांसपोर्ट (बीआरटी) कॉरिडोर की परियोजना को खत्म कर दे, जिसका प्रस्तावित मेट्रो कॉरिडोर के समानान्तर बनना प्रस्तावित है।
दिल्ली सरकार के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने कहा कि डीएमआरसी चाहता है कि कड़कड़ी मोड़ और गोकुलपुरी के बीच के प्रस्तावित बीआरटी कॉरिडोर की परियोजना को खत्म किया जाए। डीएमआरसी ने इसके लिए तर्क दिया है कि इससे प्रस्तावित यमुना विहार  से मुकुंदपुर मेट्रो लाइन पर प्रतिस्पर्धा का दबाव बढ़ेगा। अधिकारी ने कहा, 'हमने डीएमआरसी को भेजे गए जवाब में कहा है कि बस कॉरिडोर की मेट्रो कॉरिडोर से कोई प्रतिस्पर्धा नहीं हो सकती। इसके बजाय बस कॉरिडोर हमेशा रेल कॉरिडोर के लिए पूरक का काम करेगा और शहर के लोगों को और ज्यादा विकल्प मुहैया कराएगा।' उन्होंने कहा कि बेहतरीन सार्वजनिक परिवहन से दिल्ली की सड़कों पर वाहनों की भीड़ कम होगी और इसके चलते ट्रैफिक जाम से छुटकारा मिलेगा।
अधिकारी ने कहा, 'फ्लाईओवर के निर्माण और सड़कें चौड़ी करने से वाहनों की संख्या में कोई कमी आएगी, बल्कि बेहतर सार्वजनिक परिवहन व्यवस्था से ऐसा किया जा सकता है। वाहनों की भीड़ और सड़कें जाम होने से तभी मुक्ति पाई जा सकती है, जब लोग व्यक्तिगत वाहनों का इस्तेमाल कम कर दें और सार्वजनिक परिवहन का इस्तेमाल करें। ऐसा तभी हो सकता है, जब बेहतरीन सार्वजनिक परिवहन सेवा मुहैया कराई जाए। सार्वजनिक परिवहन के दो मॉडलों में कोई प्रतिस्पर्धा नहीं हो सकती।'
डीएमआरसी के एक प्रवक्ता ने पत्र भेजे जाने की पुष्टि की। उन्होने कहा, 'पत्र में हमने कहा था कि बीआरटी कॉरिडोर को खत्म किया जाना चाहिए, लेकिन इसके लिए कोई कारण नहीं दिया गया था।' प्रवक्ता ने आगे कहा कि उनका तर्क था कि बीआरटी कॉरिडोर से धन की बर्बादी होगी और अगर हम उसी इलाके में मेट्रो की योजना बना रहे हैं तो इसकी जरूरत नहीं है।
दिल्ली सरकार के अधिकारी ने हालांकि कहा कि आज मेट्रो से करीब 13 लाख लोग रोजाना यात्रा करते हैं, जो नेटवर्क की सफलता की लोकप्रियता का परिचायक है। अधिकारी ने कहा, 'शुरुआत में मेट्रो सुविधा ज्यादा सघन आबादी वाले इलाकों में शुरू की गई, जहां बड़े पैमाने पर यात्री हैं। लेकिन इसके बाद के चरणों में कम घनत्व वाले इलाकों में इसका प्रसार किया गया। परिवहन का अन्य मॉडल पूरक ही साबित हुआ है।'
तीसरे चरण में डीएमआरसी दो नई लाइनें और 2 एक्सटेंशन शुरू करेगा, जिसमें 67 स्टेशन होंगे। इसमें 108 किलोमीटर नए ट्रैक होंगे। इस पर 30,000 करोड़ रुपये की लागत आएगी। लक्ष्य के मुताबिक तीसरे चरण पर यात्रियों के लिए परिवहन सुविधा 2016 तक शुरू हो जाएगी। 2020 तक दिल्ली मेट्रो की लंबाई 400 किलोमीटर से ज्यादा होगी।
दिल्ली सरकार ने कुल 26 बीआरटी कॉरिडोर की योजना बनाई है, जिसकी 2020 तक लंबाई 310 किलोमीटर होगी। दिल्ली में बीआरटी कॉरिडोर की योजना और इसको लागू करने की जिम्मेदारी दिल्ली इंटीग्रेटेड मल्टी मॉडल ट्रांजिट सिस्टम लिमिटेड बना रहा है, जो दिल्ली सरकार और इन्फ्रास्ट्रक्चर डेवलपमेंट फाइनैंस कंपनी की बराबर हिस्सेदारी वाला संयुक्त उद्यम है।

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Delhi will miss Sreedharan: Dikshit

IANS | Dec 28, 2011, 05.06PM IST

NEW DELHI: E Sreedharan, credited with creating the Delhi Metro network that has changed the way Delhiites travel, retires Saturday as head of Delhi Metro. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit says the city will miss the Metro Man.

Dikshit told IANS: "He (Sreedharan) is known for his outstanding work. His managerial skills are admirable. We will miss his services."

Dikshit said the planning and timely execution of the Metro project by Sreedhran was admirable.

Sreedharan, 79, fondly called the 'Metro Man', retires Dec 31 after a 15-year tenure as Delhi Metro chief. The Metro has made public transport affordable, reliable and a safe travel option for people in Delhi and its adjoining towns in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Sreedharan was scheduled to retire in 2000, but was requested repeatedly by the Delhi government to continue as DMRC chief.

He was given five extensions so that work on Delhi Metro's Phase I and II was not hindered.

Mangu Singh, 56 and the Metro's Director (Works) who oversaw the construction of the showcase Airport Express Metro, will be Sreedharan's successor.

Singh will be in-charge of Delhi Metro's Phase-III that will bring another 103 km of the capital under the Metro network.

The engineer is also in-charge for consultancy works undertaken by Delhi Metro for planning Metro systems in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Kochi.

Dikshit said: "Phase III will be come up under a different leadership. It is not right to compare the new person with Sreedharan or comment on him…

We are confident he is capable as he has been picked up by a committee. He will definitely be able to do well."

Delhi Metro's 160 trains make about 2,400 trips a day and carry about 18 lakh passengers on working days.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-will-miss-Sreedharan-Dikshit/articleshow/11280225.cms

Japan funds for Metro Phase III to come in Jan

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Dec 20, 2011, 12.36AM IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro's Japanese connection will be getting a boost, come January. As work on the third phase of the network gathers steam, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be releasing the first instalment of its loan for the Delhi Metro network next month. Pegged at 53 per cent, the loan from JICA for the Rs 35,242 crore project will form the bulk of funding for Phase III, said sources. It will be used to bankroll the civil work, source rolling stock as well as for acquiring the brand-new signaling system for this phase.

A senior official said: "The coming through of the first instalment means that the pace of work on the third phase can now be increased. Since JICA loan is 53% of the entire project, it plays an important role in the project planning." The good news for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is that with the Central and Delhi governments pitching in with another 21.27%, the onus for getting the rest of the project cost, which is with the DMRC, is not very much.

A source said: "Delhi Metro can raise the rest of the amount, which is not much considering a substantial 70% has already been raised by JICA and the government."

The first instalment of the 53 per cent loan is around Rs 6,900 crore, said officials.

On ground, the coming through of the loan is the signal for Delhi Metro to ramp up its tendering process. The tenders, which are built on JICA funds, need to be vetted by the Japanese agency before they can be awarded. This process has already gotten off the ground, said sources. "The funding will also be used to source rolling stock for the Phase III as well as for the state-of-the-art signaling system that will be introduced in this phase," added the official.

JICA has so far paid over Rs 16,000 crore for phases I and II. DMRC has paid back a part of the loan for Phase I amounting to Rs 129.55 crore. The interest for the loan amount for both phases have been repaid to the tune of Rs 696.95 crore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Japan-funds-for-Metro-Phase-III-to-come-in-Jan/articleshow/11173078.cms

Work on R874 crore Noida-south Delhi Metro stretch to begin in January

Darpan Singh darpan.singh@hindustantimes.com

NOIDA:

15 Dec 11

Work on the Noida-south Delhi Metro line will begin from January next year, a Noida Authority official said on Wednesday. The new line will, however, be opened for public only by 2016.

Presenting the detailed project report (DPR) before Noida Authority officials on Wednesday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the 3.9 km line between Noida's Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj in Delhi would cost R874 crore.

The cost will be borne by the authority. The line will have three stations: Botanical Garden, Amity School and Kalindi Kunj.

As of now, the Delhi Metro enters Noida and Ghaziabad in UP via east Delhi. The new line will mean a direct link with south Delhi areas such as Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Green Park and Vasant Kunj.

Currently, commuters have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk to board the train to south Delhi. Similarly, commuters from Badarpur coming to Noida have to change at Central Secretariat. The new plan will make these trips shorter.

“The new line will be built as part of the third phase of DMRC's expansion plans to enter outer Delhi areas. We will study the DPR from the point of view of technical and financial feasibility,“ said Chandra Bhanu Singh, deputy chief executive officer, Noida Authority.

“The execution of the project will begin after the authority and DMRC sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
Tenders will be floated in January,“ he added.

The authority and DMRC will meet again on December 22 to fine-tune the project. “This line will help commuters going to south Delhi and the airport in saving time. Once the line

Metro to introduce advanced signalling system

NEW DELHI: In a first-of-its kind, Delhi Metro will introduce an advanced communication-based signalling system in its Phase-III project that will enable it to run trains at a short frequency of 90 seconds.

Delhi Metro's outgoing Managing Director E Sreedharan says the advanced technology, currently operational in Metro systems abroad, can also be used in the existing Phase-I and II lines when their signalling system is due for replacement.

Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), as the technology is known, will allow Delhi Metro to run trains every 1.5 minutes instead of the current frequency of 2.5 minutes.

The system would reduce the waiting time of the passengers on all Phase-III lines.

"We can run trains every 90 seconds which is not possible with the present signalling system. There (in CBTC) we can go for 90 seconds and that is equivalent for 10-coach trains," Sreedharan, who retires on December 31, said.

He also said this is the first time that the system is being brought to India.

Asked whether the CBTC can be integrated into the existing Phase-I and Phase-II, he said: "That is also possible. Because the signalling system's tenure is 15-20 years. When they are due for replacement, then CBTC can be used there too."

Delhi Metro's Phase-III will bring another 103 km of the capital on the Metro map and the corridors are — Kanpur to Lamina Vicar, Jayapura West to Klondiking, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri-Badli.

Sreedharan said the Delhi Metro has placed orders for 212 cars from Mitsubishi-Rotem-Mitsubishi electrical and German train maker Bombardier for converting the existing four and six coach trains into eight-coach ones.

"We want more trains on congested routes. We have placed orders for eight coaches already to lengthen the trains on congested routes. They will start coming from September next and year and by the end of next year Line 2 (Gurgaon) and Line 3 (Noida/Vaishali)will have eight-coaches," he said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/11118223.cms

Green signal for IGI-Gurgaon Metro

Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 15, 2011

The long wait for Gurgaon residents to get direct Metro connectivity to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport will soon come to an end. The proposed 11-km high-speed Metro link between Sector 21 in Dwarka and Gurgaon (Iffco Chowk) has finally got the green signal from the Union

Ministry of Urban Development. The line will have three stations — Maruti Suzuki factory, Palam Vihar near ITM University and Sector 21, Dwarka.

Urban development minister Kamal Nath on Thursday announced that the government had sanctioned the Gurgaon-Dwarka Metro link.

"The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted the detailed project report to us and we are studying it. We have, however, sanctioned the project which will be the second DMRC project in Gurgaon. We have also given the go-ahead to the Rs 1,990-crore Mundka-Bahadurgarh Metro line," Nath added.

In June this year, DMRC started conducting the ground study to prepare the report for the Metro link between Guragon and Dwarka. The new line will come up on the public private partnership (PPP) model, on lines of the airport link in Delhi. Private players will be invited to bid for it.

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had first announced the project to link Gurgaon with IGI airport at a meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) in November 2009, in the presence of then urban development minister Jaipal Reddy.

DMRC chief E Sreedharan said, "On the request of the Haryana government, we prepared a project report for the Dwarka-Gurgaon link. It will connect the Dwarka station in Sector 21 and Iffco Chowk. The link will be an extension of the Airport Express Line which connects IGI with Rajiv Chowk station in Connaught Place."

Residents of localities near Iffco Chowk such as Sector 17, 18, DLF Phase 2 and gated communities such Heritage City, Beverley Park 1 & 2, Essel Towers and those living in Palam Vihar, sectors 21, 22, 23, 23A and Udyog Vihar, from where the Metro line is likely to meander, will benefit the most once the line opens.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Green-signal-for-IGI-Gurgaon-Metro/Article1-782948.aspx

opens, more people from Delhi will shift to Noida and Greater Noida. This will also ease vehicular pressure on roads,“ Singh said.

 

In-principle nod to extend Kalindi Kunj metro line

Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 08:56

Noida: Noida Authority Thursday gave its nod in principle to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for extending the Kalindi Kunj metro line here.

The approval came from Noida Authority CEO Rama Raman after DMRC presented a detailed project report on Kalindi Kunj extension plan at a meeting here.

 

Slated to be completed by 2016, the project is estimated to cost Rs 874 crore.

From Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden, the metro line would be 3.9 km long with two stations at Amity School and Kalindi Kunj. The poposed line would connect Sarita Vihar and Kalkaji-Nehru Place.

The CEO directed the chief project engineer to study the report and also look into the facilities to be provided for it. The next review meeting is scheduled to be held next week.

PTI

http://zeenews.india.com/news/uttar-pradesh/in-principle-nod-to-extend-kalindi-kunj-metro-line_746996.html

A bit late in the day, Centre clears Rapid Metro project

TNN | Dec 15, 2011, 05.36AM IST

GURGAON: All decks have finally been cleared for the operation of Rapid Metro, the city's first private Metro rail network.

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union Urban Development minister Kamal Nath will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Delhi on Thursday. According to sources, the MoU, giving a green signal to the Rapid Metro's operation, had long been pending for clearance with the Urban Development ministry. The project was aimed at starting simultaneously with the Delhi Metro's Gurgaon line to act as a feeder line for the lakhs of commuters in the city.

Though, the MoU didn't pose any hindrance in its construction activities, its operation was not possible unless the ministry signed it. The state and Centre took time in finalizing a policy for the first-of-its-kind privately built and run Metro service so that the model can be implemented in similar such projects in the future, said the sources.

The project had also been sent for financial reviews and to the Law ministry for framing of rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the detailed project report for the second phase on Golf Course Road was also approved and tendering is expected to happen soon. A detailed project report for the third phase in Udyog Vihar is still awaited. Rapid Metro was an initiative of the DLF group in 2007 end. However, it later got in to an agreement with IL&FS and as on date is a silent partner in the project. Although the project planning began in 2008, it has remained stuck in one or the other "technical snags" ever since.

Dwarka line soon

The Centre and the Haryana government will also sign an MoU to start another Metro line from Gurgaon to Dwarka," said Union urban development minister Kamal Nath. "Phase III of the Metro has started and this would be very important in providing important infrastructure to people," Nath said. "Similarly, we are looking at expediting Phase IV as much as we can," he added.

Nod to Metro work in Faridabad

The state cabinet has given its approval to the extension of Delhi Metro from Badarpur to YMCA Chowk in Faridabad at revised cost of Rs 2,494 crore. The state will contribute Rs 1,557.40 crore within a period of 3 years. Of the total amount, infrastructure development fund will contribute Rs 778.70 crore, state government Rs 280.32 crore, HUDA Rs 311.48 crore and HSIIDC Rs 186.90 crore.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/A-bit-late-in-the-day-Centre-clears-Rapid-Metro-project/articleshow/11114583.cms

 

MoU Signed for Metro Link from Delhi’s Sikanderpur Station to NH-8 in Gurgaon

A Memorandum of Understanding for development of Metro Link from Delhi Metro’s Sikanderpur Station to NH-8 in Gurgaon was signed today by the authorized representatives of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Government of Haryana and Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited in the presence of Minister of Urban Development, Government of India Shri Kamal Nath and Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

M/s Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon with the approval of Government of India and Government of Haryana has undertaken the metro rail link of 5 km at a cost of Rs. 1088 crore from Delhi Metro’s Sikanderpur Metro Station to NH-8 ( Cyber City ) in Gurgaon. The designed capacity is for 2 lakh passengers a day. Commercial operation is scheduled from March 2013.

This is the first private initiative in India. Metro Railway is a Central subject under the Acts. For the first time, State Government is being authorized through a MoU mechanism to enter into a concession agreement with a private party with oversight mechanism, safety and standardization kept with the Central Government. This initiative is thus an unique model on the lines of authorizing State Govts to enter into concession agreement for National Highways by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).The concession agreement with the private party is for a lease period of 99 years. In the event of failure of the private party to commission or operate the system in future, the project would be taken over by the DMRC for implementation.

India is urbanizing rapidly. The urban population has increased from 285 million in 2001 to 400 million in 2011. India’s young age profile makes Indians ‘more mobile’, thereby adding further momentum to urbanization. To achieve the vision of creation of economically vibrant, inclusive, efficient and sustainable urban habitats, provision of safe, quick, reliable, comfortable, affordable and environment friendly urban public transport is of paramount importance. Among the various modes of public transport, Metro Rail is being given high priority by the Government of India.

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=78778

East gets best-link corridor

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Dec 14, 2011, 01.07AM IST

NEW DELHI: By 2016, east Delhi will have the best connectivity in the city. With 14 new Metro stations coming up in the area as part of the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor, with a further 3km extension from Yamuna Vihar to Shiv Vihar already being discussed, the area looks set to shoot into prominence. And that's not all: it will connect east Delhi with all the major localities of south, west and north Delhi.

A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson said: "The alignment of the line extension from Yamuna Vihar to Shiv Vihar has been drawn up and stations are being finalized. It will be extended further by 3km."

The extension will make the corridor one of the most localized corridors in the Delhi Metro network, covering a large part of the densely populated east Delhi area. Interestingly, the stations go through extremely congested localities like Vinod Nagar, Karkardooma, Krishna Nagar, Maujpur and Jaffrabad. "Tenders on parts of the project have already been floated. Work is expected to start soon," the spokesperson added.

The 14 new stations will play a huge part in localizing the Metro network in Phase III, say officials. "In this corridor, the stations bisect through both residential and commercial areas, and represent a large catchment area for Delhi Metro," said the spokesperson.

At present, the Dilshad Garden-Rithala line, which goes through east Delhi localities of Shastri Park, Seelampur and Jhilmil, has a ridership of one lakh in these areas alone. The same goes for the Dwarka sector 21-Noida/Vaishali corridor, which gets a daily ridership of 1.22 lakh in the stations that fall in east Delhi like Mayur Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Anand Vihar etc.

However, the ridership projections for the 14 new stations in the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor is a whopping 2.5 lakh, which will go up further once the extension till Shiv Vihar is operational.

In total, the corridor will cater to 6.36 lakh commuters, a large chunk coming from the eastern part of Delhi. Officials say the alignment of this corridor is such that it could upstage the Dwarka sector 21-Noida/Vaishali corridor as the busiest in the network.

At present, line 3 ferries over 6 lakh commuters, more than the HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri corridor (line 2). Officials admitted that the ridership on line 3 will also increase once the Yamuna Vihar line comes up, as more commuters from east Delhi will use it to reach various parts of the city.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/East-gets-best-link-corridor/articleshow/11099962.cms

1 Dec, 2011, 04.07PM IST, PTI

Metro to cover whole of Delhi by 2021, no fare hike:Sreedharan

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro will cover the whole of the capital in the next ten years and its effort would be to keep the fares minimal to make the modern transport system "very popular" and "affordable" to all.

The Phase-III, work on which has already started, will cover 103-km, the Phase-IV will bring another 104-km of the capital under the Metro map and a Phase-V may be required as the city is expanding, Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan said.

He also said Metro is the only viable and cheapest mode of modern transport network that would reduce congestion in densely populated cities of the country.

"Metro should cover the whole of the city. For this, Phase-III should be completed and then Phase-IV should also be completed. 2021 is our target (for connecting entire Delhi) that means another 10 years," he told PTI in an interview.

Asked how much of Delhi would the Metro cover, he said: "More or less the entire city we would cover. The city is expanding and population is increasing."

By the time the Phase-IV is completed in 2021, Sreedharan said, the Delhi Metro may have to redraw its plans as Phase-V would be required.

"It has to be a continous Metro building in Delhi to cope up with the population increase," he said.

However, the 'Metro Man' ruled out increase in passenger fare for the next one year unless the inflation is so high that "we have to make up for our expenditure."

"We have not thought of any revision. I don't think we will raise the fare for another one year unless the inflation is so high that we have to make up for our expenditure," he said in response to a query in this regard.

"We have no intention to increase the fares as it is although many people are prepared to pay more. We want to make it very popular, affordable so that people come away from the roads to the Metro," Sreedharan said.

 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/railways/metro-to-cover-whole-of-delhi-by-2021-no-fare-hikesreedharan/articleshow/11070291.cms

 

Phase-III will bring NCR cities closer

Sweta Dutta,Sweta Dutta

Posted: Dec 06, 2011 at 0016 hrs IST

New Delhi The way the residents of national capital region travel will change by the time Delhi Metro completes its Phase-III, the deadline for which is 2016.

Under the next phase, the Metro tracks are expected to reach two more points in Noida and also connect Greater Noida. A high-speed link has been planned between IGI Airport and Gurgaon and a line will also connect to Arthala in Ghaziabad.

Shiv Vihar, Najafgarh and Bahadurgarh will also find a place on the Metro map with a link planned for each.

Delhi Metro is preparing detailed project reports (DPRs) for two corridors in Noida — while one is from Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden, the other is an extension of the existing Dwarka Sector-21 to Noida City Centre corridor that will be increased to reach Sector-62.

The DPR for the elevated connection between Noida City Centre and Delta Chowk in Greater Noida is still awaiting approval from the UP government.

Metro officials said officials of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and UP government are trying to decide on the alignment and funding pattern of the proposed corridor from Dilshad Garden to Arthala. The first DPR for this corridor was submitted in 2005, and a revised one was submitted in 2010.

Metro authorities have also proposed an extension of the high-speed Airport Metro Express up till IFFCO Chowk.

Three other corridors — Mundka to Bahadurgarh, Yamuna Vihar to Shiv Vihar and Dwarka to Najafgarh — is expected to provide connectivity to some of the untouched suburbs of the Capital.

Meanwhile, the DPR for Mundka to Bahadurgarh link has already been submitted to the MoUD and the Haryana government. The DPR for Dwarka to Najafgarh is also with the MoUD. As for the 3-km-long Yamuna Vihar to Shiv Vihar corridor, the stations are being finalised.

  • http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/phaseiii-will-bring-ncr-cities-closer/884415/

 

 

Metro trains to have rosters

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 02, 2011

The introduction of six-coach trains by the Delhi Metro had initially come as a huge breather for thousands of commuters. There is, however, a flip side that leaves several stations, especially inter-change ones, in a state of chaos and confusion.
With no prior information if the next

train is a six-coach or four-coach one, commuters often queue up at the fag end of platforms, expecting a six-coach train. But if the train has only four coaches, they often fail to enter that overcrowded train. A number of times, they are pushed into the train by the Metro guards.

“This is a real problem,” admit Delhi Metro officials. They are now planning to prepare a roster of the four-coach and six-coach trains. This status will be displayed on the information boards and proper announcements about these trains will be made too.

“This arrangement would help make the commuters aware of the number of coaches in the next train. This will help commuters to position themselves accordingly,” said Vikas Kumar, general manager (Operations), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

“I sometimes end up missing the train due to this problem. You may be waiting to board the fifth or sixth coach of a six-coach train and see a four-coach train arriving. By the time you manage to reach the gate of the last coach, the doors are shut,” said Tanima Sahu, who travels between Rajiv Chowk and Hauz Khas daily.

The DMRC has also been working to put an advanced signalling technology in place on line 2 (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri) so that trains stop at fixed places  and commuters can board trains without any hassles, said  a DMRC spokesperson. This signal upgradation has already been carried out on line 3 (Noida-Dwarka). “All these arrangements would be in place within a month or so,” said a source.

A year ago, Delhi Metro had increased the frequency of trains to 2.5 minutes on these corridors during peak hours and introduced six-coach trains to cater to a growing number of commuters.

Presently about 40 six-coach trains run on line 3 while 49 such trains run on line 2. Only four six-coach trains run on line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) while there’s just one such train for  line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur).

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Metro-trains-to-have-rosters/Article1-776780.aspx

 

Metro fast-tracks 8-coach trains to 2013

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 03, 2011

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is going to introduce eight-coach trains four years before schedule to tackle the ever-increasing commuter pressure in its busiest corridors – Lines 2 and 3 that cover the Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri and Noida-Dwarka stretches, respectively.

The corporation initially planned to introduce eight-coach trains in the new corridors to be built under the third phase five years later, but had to increase carriage capacity on the existing lines because of the tremendous rush the network handles.

"The number of daily commuters has reached 20 lakh now and is expected to go further up at a fast pace. We are left with no choice but to introduce eight-coach trains at the earliest," a corporation spokesperson said.

According to the spokesperson, altogether 68 trains will have eight coaches each by the end of 2013. Of them, 37 four-coach trains will be converted into eight-coach ones on Line 2.

Besides, 31 four-coach trains on Line 3 will have double their carriage capacities. On Line 2, six four-coach trains will be converted into six-coach trains.

"We have already placed orders for 212 coaches and they will start arriving from September next year and continue till end of 2013," said the spokesperson.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Metro-fast-tracks-8-coach-trains-to-2013/Article1-777199.aspx

 

Noida to Gurgaon in just 50 minutes

Subhendu Ray subhendu.ray@hindustantimes.com
NEW DELHI: C
By: Vatsala Shrangi   Date:  2011-12-02   Place: Delhi

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

After Phase-III of Delhi Metro, commuters won't have to change trains at Rajiv Chowk 

The upcoming Phase III of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to reduce the commuting time between the two ends of the city — Noida and Gurgaon. The two major NCR stations, with scores of people traveling to and fro at current, are more than one and a half hours apart.

In order to facilitate this corridor, the upcoming Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden link will have an interchange facility at Hauz Khas Metro Station so that passengers coming from Gurgaon can get down at there and take a direct train to Botanical Garden in Noida.

 

"Presently, the Metro journey from Huda City Centre to Botanical Garden in Noida takes about 1.5 hours with the interchange at Rajiv Chowk. Therefore, traveling time will come down by more than half an hour. This corridor is expected to be operational by 2016," a DMRC spokesperson said.

Fewer stations, less time

However, the significant development through Phase III will be that the current total number of stations from Huda City Centre to Botanical Garden, which is 34, will come down to only 25 stations. Also, the busy Rajiv Chowk station will be missed since it is not being included in the route.

 

'Ramp' connection

The approximate time to commute between the two destinations will be about 50 minutes. The Hauz Khas Metro Station will be turned into an interchange station to facilitate this connectivity. A parallel new station will come up, connected with the presently operational station, through a ramp.  About 1,69,414  passengers are expected to use the station by 2016.

 

"Thousands of office goers travel between Gurgaon and NOIDA daily. A road journey between the two cities also takes around 1.5 hours. Absence of direct autos and infrequent bus services further add to the inconvenience of the people who commuting between these cities. The new corridor will be a major benefit for all such commuters," said a spokesperson.

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/dec/021211-news-delhi-Noida-to-Gurgaon-in-just-50-minutes.htm

Metro to reach domestic airport terminals by 2016

By: Vatsala Shrangi

Date:  2011-11-09

Place: Delhi

 
 
 
 
 

Currently, there's Metro connectivity to T3 terminal, from where international carriers and premium domestic airlines fly

The domestic terminals of the Indira Gandhi Airport are soon going to get Metro connectivity during Phase III of the project. This is good news for those commuting to the domestic terminals on and off, as they will get super-fast connectivity. At present, the operational Airport Express Link provides Metro connectivity to the new T3 terminal of the airport, from which all international carriers and premium domestic airlines fly. There is no Metro for the domestic terminals from which the low-cost operators fly.

"The proposed Metro station will be underground and come up on the Janakpuri West-Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden corridor and is scheduled to be operational by 2016. The station is going to benefit domestic passengers hugely," said a DMRC spokesperson. The south Delhi Metro stations-Kalkaji, Nehru Place, Hauz Khas, Munirka etc -will be about 20 min away from the station.

Air-borne
Rajat Khanna, a frequent commuter said, "I need to travel frequently via air for business. But the line can be taken only from New Delhi railway station, which is far from where I live. If the line becomes available from other stations, it will reduce half the trouble."

Meanwhile, for east Delhi commuters coming from Vaishali (Ghaziabad), Anand Vihar, and Lakshmi Nagar, it will take about 50 minutes to reach the terminal. West Delhi commuters will reach in about 30 minutes, while north and central Delhi passengers will reach in 40 minutes. As for those coming from Noida, there is a direct connectivity from Botanical Garden, and people can reach in 35 minutes.

Proposed changes on the corridor
>> Janakpuri West with Line 3
>> Hauz Khas with Line 2
>> Kalkaji with Line 6
>> Botanical Garden with Line 3

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/nov/091111-news-delhi-Metro-to-reach-domestic-airport-terminals-by-2016.htm

 

 

IGI Metro to touch Gurgaon at IFFCO Chowk

Sweta Dutta,Sweta Dutta

Posted: Nov 25, 2011 at 0048 hrs IST

New Delhi A high-speed Metro line connecting the IGI Airport to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon has been proposed as the most suitable link by the Delhi Metro in its final detailed project report that is slated to be submitted to the Haryana government on Friday. Since the line is suggested to be an extension of the existing Airport Metro Express Line, DMRC has proposed that Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire operating the line, be roped in for the extension.

Delhi Metro had written to Reliance Infrastructure earlier this week, asking if they would be interested in operating this line too, to which the concessionaire has now formally expressed interest, sources in DMRC said.

Director (Works) at DMRC Mangu Singh confirmed that Reliance Infrastructure has expressed interest in the project and that the concessionaire will be named as the first choice to operate the line. “While this will be mentioned in the detailed project report, it is finally up to the Haryana government to decide. The final DPR will be submitted in a day or two,” Singh told Newsline.

Since the corridor is proposed for implementation on the lines of the Airport Metro, the civil construction is most likely to be carried out by DMRC or by the Haryana government while the operations and maintenance are proposed to be given out to the concessionaire for a stipulated concession period.

The DPR proposes a 10-km direct link from Dwarka Sector-21 to IFFCO Chowk with two stops in between. While the entire corridor will be elevated, about 1.5 km of the corridor will be underground, as it runs out of the existing Dwarka Sector-21 station of the Airport Express line. The corridor is proposed to have stations at Palam Vihar and Maruti Udyog before it terminates at IFFCO Chowk, where it will be integrated with an existing Metro station for seamless travel. Officials said Palam Vihar, with a significant residential population, and Maruti Udyog being an important industrial centre, were considered as suitable stops. Provision for yet another stop on the route will be made, which can be developed later if needed.

The line is expected to reduce travel time for commuters from Gurgaon to Delhi — approximately 30 minutes to reach Shivaji Stadium. Regular commuters from Gurgaon can also interchange at Dwarka Sector 21 and take connecting Metros to other parts of the city.

Sources said the traffic surveys revealed the need for a high-speed link on this route and showed that a significant part of the road traffic from Gurgaon to Delhi will be taken off if this corridor comes up. The survey, however, does not determine whether most of the traffic on this line will be airport-bound or general commuters travelling between Gurgaon and Delhi.

Earlier, Delhi Metro was also looking at HUDA City Center as another option for the terminating point, but according to the traffic and other feasibility studies IFFCO Chowk came up as a more suitable option.

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/igi-metro-to-touch-gurgaon-at-iffco-chowk/880225/

एनसीआर का बंधन और मजबूत करेगी मेट्रो

21 Nov 2011, 0400 hrs IST,नवभारत टाइम्स

पूनम गौड़॥ गुड़गांव
एनसीआर के अधिकांश इलाकों को एक दूसरे से जोड़ने का काम डीएमआरसी 2012 से शुरू कर देगी। 2016 में जब मेट्रो का तीसरा फेज पूरा होगा तब बहादुरगढ़, गुड़गांव, फरीदाबाद और नोएडा के कई हिस्से दिल्ली से इस तरह से जुड़ जाएंगे कि एक से दूसरे शहर में जाना और आसान हो जाएगा। डीएमआरसी ने तमाम प्रोजेक्टों से जुड़ी अपनी डीपीआर केंद्र सरकार को भेज दी है। इनमें से कई को मंजूरी मिल चुकी है। इसके अलावा कुछ डीपीआर को अंतिम रूप दिया जा रहा है। थर्ड फेज में मेट्रो को एनसीआर के अंदर तक लाने की तैयारियां तेज कर दी गई हैं।फरीदाबाद और बहादुरगढ़ के लिए डीपीआर तैयार कर डीएमआरसी ने मिनिस्ट्री ऑफ अर्बन डिवेलपमेंट को सौंप दी है, वहीं गुड़गांव में इफ्को चौक-द्वारका सेक्टर-21 मेट्रो लाइन का सर्वे पूरा कर लिया गया है। उधर, नोएडा सेक्टर 62 तक मेट्रो के विस्तार के लिए रूट सर्वे शुरू हो चुका है। इसको अंतिम रूप देने की प्रक्रिया चल रही है।डीएमारसी से मिली जानकारी के अनुसार, उच्चाधिकार मंत्री समूह (ईजीओएम) ने एनसीआर को जोड़ने वाली लाइनों को थर्ड फेज में ही पूरा करने को कहा है। इसके बाद ही डीएमआरसी ने एनसीआर में मेट्रो के नेटवर्क बढ़ाने की तैयारियां तेज कर दी हैं। डीएमआरसी अधिकारियों के अनुसार, ईजीओएम ने कहा है कि एनसीआर में जाने वाली मेट्रो के लिए अलग प्रपोजल बनाया जाए और उसे जल्दी ही ईजीओएम के पास भेजा जाए। इस समय जितने भी अलाइनमेंट उनके पास आए हैं सभी को फाइनल करने की प्रक्रिया चल रही है।फरीदाबाद तक मेट्रो के एक्सटेंशन को ईजीओएम की मंजूरी थर्ड फेस में मिल चुकी है। हरियाणा सरकार ने अपने हिस्से का बजट भी डीएमआरसी को सौंप दिया है। यह बदरपुर मेट्रो का विस्तार होगा।डीएमआरसी के अनुसार मुंडका मेट्रो के इस विस्तार के लिए फिलहाल अलाइनमेंट को फाइनल करने का काम चल रहा है। मुंडका कॉरिडोर को टीकरी बॉर्डर के रास्ते घेवरा होते हुए बहादुरगढ़ तक ले जाना है। इसके अलावा यमुना बैंक कॉरिडोर को भी नोएडा सिटी सेंटर से विस्तार देकर नोएडा सेक्टर-32 होते हुए नोएडा सेक्टर 62 तक विस्तार देना है। इसके लिए भी डीएमआरसी स्टडीज में जुटी है। मुकुंदपुर-यमुना विहार कॉरिडोर को तीसरे चरण में शामिल शिव वहार तक ले जाना है। इसके लिए स्टडीज लगभग पूरी हो चुकी हैं। यहां तीन किलोमीटर तक विस्तार मेट्रो को दिया जाएगा।

 

एमआसी के अनुसार ईजीओएम से निर्देश मिलने के साथ ही अब वाईएमसीए चौक ( फरीदाबाद ) के बाद इफको चौक – द्वारका सेक्टर 21, मुंडका से बहादुरगढ़ , नोएडा सिटी सेंटर से नोएडा सेक्टर 62 और यमुना विहार से शिव विहार तक मेट्रो की पूरी रिपोर्ट एक अलग प्रपोजल के रूप में ईजीओएम को मंजूरी के लिए सौंपने की तैयारी चल रही है।

अहम यह है कि इस अलग प्रपोजल को भी डीएमआरसी थर्ड फेस में शामिल करने के लिए ईजीओएम को सौंपेंगी । डीएमआरसी के अनुसार तीसरे चरण का काम 2012 तक शुरू करना है। लिहाजा अब एनसीआर के रूटों की सभी डीपीआर का काम तेजी से चल रहा है और इनमें आगामी दो से तीन महीने में पूरा करने की कोशिश है।

क्या है स्थिति
मुंडका – बहादुरगढ़ वाया टीकरी बॉर्डर

लंबाई : 11 किलोमीटर

स्टेटस – डीपीआर शहरी विकास मंत्रालय और हरियाणा सरकार को अक्टूबर के आखिरी सप्ताह में सौंप दी गई

प्रस्तावित स्टेशन – मुंडका इंडस्ट्रियल एरिया , घेवरा , टीकरी बॉर्डर ( दिल्ली की तरफ ), मुंडका इंडस्ट्रियल एस्टेट , बस स्टैंड , सिटी पार्क ( हरियाणा )

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यमुना विहार – शिव विहार

लंबाई – 3 किलोमीटर

स्टेशन – तय होने की प्रक्रिया में

स्टेटस – भौगोलिक सर्वे पूरा कर लिया गया है। रूट की जनरल अलाइनमेंट ड्राइंग तैयार है। जल्द रिपोर्ट सौंपने की तैयारी।

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द्वारका – नजफगढ़

लंबाई – 5.5 किलोमीटर , पूरी तरह एलिवेटेड

प्रस्तावित स्टेशन – द्वारका , नजफगढ़ डिपो , म्यूनिसिपल कॉरपोरेशन , नजफगढ़

स्टेटस – डीपीआर बनाई जा चुकी है। कॉपी शहरी विकास मंत्रालय को भेजी जा चुकी है।

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बदरपुर – वाईएमसीए चौक

लंबाई -13.875 किलोमीटर

प्रस्तावित स्टेशन – एनएचपीसी चौक , मेवला महाराजपुर , सेक्टर 37 ए , बडकल मोड़ , ओल्ड फरीदाबाद , अजरौंदा , फरीदाबाद न्यू टाउन , वाईएमसीए चौक

स्टेटस – ईजीओएम से मंजूरी मिल चुकी है। हरियाणा सरकार से काम शुरू करने की सहमति मिल चुकी है। एग्रीमेंट इसी महीने साइन होने की उम्मीद है।

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द्वारका सेक्टर -21 से इफ्को चौक

लंबाई – 11.63 किलोमीटर

स्टेशन – सेक्टर 23( पालम विहार ), सेक्टर -18 गुड़गांव और इफ्को चौक

स्टेटस – डीपीआर पर काम चल रहा है और इसी महीने हरियाणा सरकार को सौंपने की कोशिश है।

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नोएडा सिटी सेंटर – सेक्टर 62

लंबाई – लगभग 8 किलोमीटर

स्टेटस – डीपीआर पर काम चल रहा है

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/delhiarticleshow/10805105.cms

 

Delhi metro to expand network

17 Nov 2011 08:45:24 PM IST

Seeking to make Delhi Metro network bigger than the London Underground, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has asked DMRC to prepare Detailed Project Reports for seven possible corridors under the Phase-IV project.

Setting his eyes on increasing the Delhi Metro's network from the current 185 km to 440 km by 2021, Nath said the DPRs would be made ready by the new age transport system in the next 18 months after which the corridors will be firmed up based on ground realities.

While the Phase-III, work on which will start shortly, will cover 103 km, the proposed Phase-IV will be of 104 km and Nath said he has recommended a few more corridors to be added to the Phase-III project for their early completion.

Delhi Metro will prepare DPRs for Yamuna Bank-Loni border (11.97 km), Janakpuri West to Mukundpuri (18.74) km, Mukdundpur to Dilshad Garden (17.54 km), Kirti Nagar-Dwarka Sec-28 (18.7 km), Badarpur to Delhi Aerocity (20.79 km), Lajpat Nagar to Madangir (7.33 km) and Azadpur to R K Ashram
(8.30 km), Nath said.

The proposed corridors would link the existing ones through different routes.

Soon after taking over as Urban Development Minister in January this year, Nath said his aim would be to see Delhi Metro grow bigger than the Tube, whose length is a little over 400 km. In May, he asked Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan to start preparing for the Phase-IV project.

For Delhi Metro to increase its revenue, Nath said it has be allowed to construct one additional floor at select stations on the Phase-III so that they can be rented out to various firms.

"Intensive development on transport corridor is what we are planning. Through this, Delhi Metro can raise money for future projects," he told a press conference here.

http://english.samaylive.com/regional-news/national-capital-region-news/676496250/sreedharan-metro-dmrc-urban-development-minister-kamal-nath-phas.html

   

Centre green light for Metro Phase IV

Express news service

 

Posted: Fri Nov 18 2011, 02:43 hrs New Delhi:

Even as the Delhi Metro awaits the requisite nods to begin construction work on the upcoming Phase III project, the Central government has asked the DMRC to start preparing detailed project reports (DPRs) for Phase IV.

The DMRC is now evaluating seven corridors for the fourth and final phase of the Delhi Metro, targeted for completion by 2021.

Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday announced that the DMRC has been given a time-frame of 18 months to submit the DPRs for Phase IV. The corridors will tentatively include the Yamuna Bank-Loni Border (11.97 km), Janakpuri West-Mukundpur (18.74), Mukundpur-Dilshad Garden (17.54 km), Kirti Nagar-Dwarka Sector 28 (18.17 km), Badarpur-Delhi Aerocity (20.79 km), Lajpat Nagar-Madangir (7.33 km) and Azadpur-RK Ashram (8.30 km) routes.

“Once the DPRs are prepared, the final routes of the corridors will be firmed up. After the completion of Phase IV by 2021, another 104 km will be added to the Delhi Metro network, taking the total coverage area to 440 km — surpassing even the London Underground. We expected to complete the DPRs within the next 18 months,” Nath said.

The Delhi Metro is already working on four lines spanning 103 km for Phase III, with 67 stations and 3 depots, at a cost of Rs 35,242. In addition to the sanctioned corridors — Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West-Kalindi Kunj, Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri-Badli — another 13.87-km line is being considered from YMCA Chowk, Badarpur, to Faridabad.

Nath said the government is considering the DPRs for three other corridors — Dwarka-Najafgarh, Yamuna Vihar-Shiv Vihar and Mundka-Bahadurgarh — as part of the Phase III project. In the end, the Delhi Metro is expected to have a total network of 312 km with a total ridership of about 40 lakh passengers per day, he added.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/centre-green-light-for-metro-phase-iv/877497/

 

 

 

 

17 Nov, 2011, 10.02PM IST, PTI

DMRC to prepare DPR on 7 seven corridors under Phase-4

NEW DELHI: Seeking to make Delhi Metro network bigger than the London Underground, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has asked DMRC to prepare Detailed Project Reports for seven possible corridors under the Phase-IV project.

Setting his eyes on increasing the Delhi Metro's network from the current 185 km to 440 km by 2021, Nath said the DPRs would be made ready by the new age transport system in the next 18 months after which the corridors will be firmed up based on ground realities.

While the Phase-III, work on which will start shortly, will cover 103 km, the proposed Phase-IV will be of 104 km and Nath said he has recommended a few more corridors to be added to the Phase-III project for their early completion.

Delhi Metro will prepare DPRs for Yamuna Bank-Loni border (11.97 km), Janakpuri West to Mukundpuri (18.74) km, Mukdundpur to Dilshad Garden (17.54 km), Kirti Nagar-Dwarka Sec-28 (18.7 km), Badarpur to Delhi Aerocity (20.79 km), Lajpat Nagar to Madangir (7.33 km) and Azadpur to R K Ashram (8.30 km), Nath said.

The proposed corridors would link the existing ones through different routes.

Soon after taking over as Urban Development Minister in January this year, Nath said his aim would be to see Delhi Metro grow bigger than the Tube, whose length is a little over 400 km. In May, he asked Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan to start preparing for the Phase-IV project.

For Delhi Metro to increase its revenue, Nath said it has be allowed to construct one additional floor at select stations on the Phase-III so that they can be rented out to various firms.

"Intensive development on transport corridor is what we are planning. Through this, Delhi Metro can raise money for future projects," he told a press conference here.

 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/railways/dmrc-to-prepare-dpr-on-7-seven-corridors-under-phase-4/articleshow/10771866.cms

Delhi Metro Phase III to add 103 km to existing network

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, November 18, 2011

With work beginning on Phase III of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the Central Government has decided to expand the metro network further, and DMRC has already been directed to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for Phase IV, which is likely to add another 104 km to the metro network, Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath said here on Thursday.

Mr. Nath was speaking at a press conference to discuss metro rail projects in India. “With urbanisation in India increasing rapidly, especially in cities like Delhi, there is an urgent need to cater to the mobility of people much more, and an environmentally-safe public transport system like the Delhi Metro has top priority,” he said.

Phase III of the DMRC will be built at a cost of Rs. 35,242 crore, adding another 103 km to the existing metro network in Delhi. Calling it the “largest infrastructure project ever sanctioned in the country,” Mr. Nath said Government is also considering DPRs for extension of the proposed Phase III.

The new routes under consideration include 5.5 km between Dwarka and Najafgarh (Rs. 1,070 crore), 2.7 km between Yamuna Vihar and Shiv Vihar (Rs. 170 crore) and another 11.5 km between Mundka and Bahadurgarh at a cost of Rs. 1,990 crore.

The tentative corridors for the proposed Phase IV include Yamuna Bank to Loni Border (11.97 km), Janakpuri West to Mukundpur (18.74 km), Mukundpur to Dilshad Garden (17.54 km), Kirti Nagar to Dwarka Sector- 28 (18.17 km), Badarpur to Delhi Aerocity (20.79 km), Lajpat Nagar to Madangir (7.33 km) and Azadpur to R. K. Ashram (8.90 km). The DPRs for Phase IV are likely to be ready within the next 18 months.

“DMRC has been asked to conduct detailed surveys for additional lines from Dwarka Sector- 21 to IFFCO Chowk, Shiv Vihar to Mukundpur and Rithala to Bawana,” said Mr. Nath. With completion of the proposed Phase IV by 2021, the Delhi Metro is likely to cover about 440 km, surpassing the London underground, he added.

More than 18 lakh people travel by the Delhi Metro everyday. “By the end of Phase III, which is expected to be completed by 2016, the Delhi Metro would have a total network of 312 km with a total ridership of about 40 lakh passengers per day,” said Mr. Nath.

There are also plans underway to increase the capacity and frequency of trains on the existing Delhi Metro network. “Presently, about 2,500 train trips are performed with 199 trains comprising 922 coaches. Two coaches have been added to 93 trains already, and supply of additional 212 coaches at a total cost of Rs. 1,800 crore is likely to begin in May 2012,” said Mr. Nath.

Mr. Nath also said that DMRC supplements the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) and should not be seen as an alternative to it.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2638766.ece

 

मेट्रो का चौथा फेज बचाएगा जाम के जंजाल से

18 Nov 2011, 0400 hrs IST

गुलशन राय खत्री ॥ नईदिल्लीदिल्ली मेट्रो के चौथे फेज के लिए मेट्रो लाइनों के लिए डिटेल प्रोजेक्ट रिपोर्ट (डीपीआर) तैयार करने के लिए कहा गया है। अगर ये लाइनें तैयार हो गईं तो दिल्ली मेट्रो के कई रिंग बन जाएंगे। मुंडका से अब तक कीर्ति नगर आने वाले पैसेंजर द्वारका भी जा सकेंगे और नोएडा से आने वाले पैसेंजर मुकुंदपुर तक का सफर कर सकेंगे। महत्वपूर्ण है कि कई जगह तो रिंग के बीच रिंग बन जाएगा। हालांकि अभी यह अंदाजा नहीं लगाया गया है कि चौथे फेज के बाद मेट्रो में रोजाना कितने लोग सफर करेंगे, लेकिन मोटे तौर पर यह अनुमान है कि चौथा फेज पूरा होने पर पैसेंजरों का आंकड़ा 60 लाख से भी ऊपर पहुंच सकता है।दिल्ली मेट्रो के चौथे फेज की जिस लाइन का सबसे ज्यादा फायदा होगा, वह मुकुंदपुर से दिलशाद गार्डन की लाइन होगी। दरअसल, तीसरे फेज में दिल्ली मेट्रो मुकुंदपुर से आनंद विहार और दिलशाद गार्डन होते यमुना विहार तक की लाइन तैयार करने जा रहा है। इस तरह अगर चौथे फेज में दिलशाद गार्डन से मुकुंदपुर तक की मेट्रो लाइन तैयार होती है तो इस तरह से मुकुंदपुर से मुकुंदपुर तक का रिंग तैयार हो जाएगा और इस पूरे रिंग की लंबाई 72 किलोमीटर हो जाएगी। महत्वपूर्ण है कि तीसरे फेज में ही मेट्रो नोएडा से कालिंदी कुंज होते हुए जनकपुरी वेस्ट तक की 33.5 किलोमीटर लंबी लाइन बना रहा है। लेकिन अब चौथे फेज में इसी लाइन को जनकपुरी वेस्ट से मुकुंदपुर तक बढ़ाने का इरादा है। इस तरह से यही लाइन 50 किलोमीटर से ज्यादा लंबी हो जाएगी। इसका फायदा यह होगा कि मुकुंदपुर से पैसेंजर पूर्वी दिल्ली में दिलशाद गार्डन की ओर और वहीं से पश्चिमी दिल्ली की ओर जा सकेंगे।चौथे फेज की एक और लाइन पैसेंजरों के लिए सबसे ज्यादा फायदेवाली होगी। यह लाइन कीर्ति नगर से द्वारका सेक्टर-28 तक बनेगी। इसका मायने यह है कि अभी मुंडका से जो लाइन कीर्ति नगर तक आती है, उसे ही आगे द्वारका तक बढ़ाया जाएगा। जाहिर है कि अगर इस लाइन का अगर नैचुरल अलाइनमेंट बनाया जाता है तो यह लाइन कीर्ति नगर से मायापुरी और सागरपुर से जनकपुरी होते हुए द्वारका सेक्टर-28 तक पहुंचेगी। जाहिर है कि इससे द्वारका में ही एक बड़ा इंटरचेंज पाइंट बन जाएगा। इस तरह से मुंडका और इंद्रलोक के पैसेंजर भी सीधे द्वारका पहुंच सकेंगे। इस तरह से द्वारका से कीर्ति नगर का ही एक रिंग बन जाएगा यानी द्वारका से ब्लू लाइन के जरिए भी कीर्ति नगर तक पहुंचा जा सकेगा और ग्रीन लाइन के जरिए भी।

 

इसी तरह दक्षिण दिल्ली को भी एक नई लाइन मिलेगी। यह लाइन लाजपत नगर से मदनगीर की ओर बननी है। इस तरह से कश्मीरी गेट से बदरपुर होते हुए फरीदाबाद तक जाने वाली मेट्रो लाइन के बीच में से ही एक लिंक मदनगीर तक की लाइन को मिल जाएगा। इस तरह से यह लाइन भी वैसे ही बन जाएगी , जैसे ब्लू लाइन से पैसंेजर नोएडा भी जा सकते हैं और आनंद विहार भी। वैसे ही कश्मीरी गेट से आने वाले पैसेंजर बदरपुर , फरीदाबाद भी जा पाएंगे और मदनगीर भी। इस तरह से लाजपत नगर मेट्रो स्टेशन इंटरचेंज पॉइंट बन जाएग ा।

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/delhiarticleshow/10772242.cms

 

Ministries spur over Metro project

TNN | Nov 17, 2011, 05.42AM IST

NEW DELHI: As work takes-off on Phase III of Delhi Metro project, the differences between the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) seems to have spilled over to their respective ministries.

Sources in the ministry of urban development admitted that the ministry has written to the ministry of culture to expedite the setting up of the National Monument Authority (NMA). The delay in the setting up of NMA, the approving authority for projects related to heritage structures, has already got the Delhi Metro and ASI sparring over the extension of the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor. Asking the ministry of culture, ASI's parent ministry entrusted with the task to set up the NMA, to constitute the NMA soon or set up an alternative mechanism to grant approval to pending projects, the letter by the urban development ministry points that delays in projects escalate costs.

Elaborating on the various projects that are waiting approval from the heritage body, the urban development ministry goes on to predict that further delay in nominating members for the NMA and its continued non-functioning could cost the DMRC "dearly", with the financial "burden" of escalating costs falling on the government of India and the Delhi government, which are the "sole shareholders". The letter, dated November 3 – days after the stop work notice was issued by ASI to the contractor of the Janpath and Mandi House stations – points to the "continuous interaction" between DMRC and the competent authority appointed for Delhi under the NMA Act on the project, and the former's approval for the extension of the line. It says that the ASI notice to Delhi Metro for undertaking work without NMA approval, which hasn't been set up yet, has prompted the contractor to demand damages.

Sources in the ministry said the letter was sent following the ASI notice, which had asked DMRC to stop work at the Janpath station site, that abuts Jantar Mantar and is within the 300m perimeter of the heritage site. On Thursday, the ministry will holding a press briefing of the various Metro projects coming up in the coming year.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Ministries-spur-over-Metro-project/articleshow/10762915.cms

Metro to reach cities with 20 lakh population

Updated on Thursday, November 17, 2011, 19:14  
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New Delhi: Cities having a population of 20 lakh or more will soon have Metro facility. The announcement, which is sure to come as a big relief to the people of numerous cities of this country, was made by Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday.

This move is said to be initiated to meet the increasing needs of the nation for an improved and efficient transit system.

The Union Minister said that work on phase four of Delhi Metro will start soon. Kamal Nath added that Delhi will get 104 Kilometres route and seven lines in fourth phase of the Metro rail project.

Addressing the media Kamal Nath revealed, “Government has sanctioned Rs 35, 242 crore for phase III Metro rail project in Delhi. This is the largest urban infrastructure project in the country till date.”

Talking about the harrowing experience that the daily commuters face in Delhi, the Union Minister said, “Phase four of the Metro project will be ready by 2016. Once this project is complete, Metro will carry 40 lakh passengers every day.”

Notably, project report on Ahmedabad and Lucknow Metro rail is ready and a survey on Indore, Chandigarh and Bhopal Metro rail is underway.

“A detailed project on Lucknow Metro has been sent to UP government. We are waiting for their reply,” Kamal Nath said.

Implicit in the Urban Development Minister’s announcement is Centre’s policy to focus on the development and promotion of the public transport systems across India.

With most of the cities in India being overcrowded and not having an efficient public transport system, any effort by the government in this direction is sure to be a welcome step.

http://zeenews.india.com/business/economy/metro-to-reach-cities-with-20-lakh-population_34098.html

Levitation trains for Delhi Metro?

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Nov 12, 2011, 03.19AM IST

NEW DELHI: Fancy a ride on a train which levitates across a track? If the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief has his way, you could soon experience it. According to highly placed sources, the Delhi Metro is contemplating using this cutting-edge technology in one of its projects.

Metro Man E Sreedharan is so impressed that he has shot off a letter to chief minister Sheila Dikshit and to the urban development ministry, extolling the virtues of Maglev technology, as it's called. The system uses magnetic levitation to propel the train, and is both operationally and aesthetically superior as a Light Rail option, said officials.

Said a senior government official, "The letter talks about the innovations and advantages of using the technology, especially as feeder services to the main Metro lines." The technology, in advanced stages of testing in South Korea, is a system of transportation that uses magnetic levitation to suspend, guide and propel with linear induction motors (LIM) rather than using mechanical methods, such as friction-reliant wheels, axles and bearings.

Sources said that Sreedharan, who had recently visited South Korea to study the adaptation of the Maglev train technology for urban transportation, had suggested the use of the technology as feeder services in major cities. In the letter, Sreedharan talks about the capital cost of the Maglev system being 10-15 times less than the conventional Light Metro trains, with operations and maintenance cost also being considerably lower by 20 to 25 per cent. "The technology can be used in small stretches within Delhi Metro network where the passenger load is not more than 30,000," said the source. Stretches that have no integration with main Metro network and are within the 10km ambit, are ideal, added the official.

The technology is simple. It's a means of flying a vehicle or object along a guideway by using magnets to create lift and thrust by LIMs with gap of 8mm above the guideway surface. Maglev vehicles are lifted off their guideway and thus move more smoothly, quietly and require less maintenance than wheeled mass transit systems, regardless of speed. This non-reliance on friction also means that acceleration and deceleration can far surpass that of existing forms of transport. The power needed for levitation is not a particularly large percentage of the overall energy consumption, says the letter. Most of the power used is needed to overcome air resistance (drag), as is the case with any other high-speed form of transport, it further adds.

Interestingly, the speed of the Maglev train is also higher. The maximum speed that can be achieved by the urban Maglev trains is 110kmph, more than the 80kmph that Metro trains can achieve.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Levitation-trains-for-Delhi-Metro/articleshow/10698061.cms

 

New Metro lines connecting more NCR areas

Rumu Banerjee, TNN Nov 8, 2011, 01.56AM IST

NEW DELHI: The NCR concept just got a shot in the arm. In a bid to connect the various parts of Delhi with the neighboring areas of Bahadurgarh, Noida, Gurgaon as well as Faridabad, the Delhi Metro will be going further inside these NCR areas in the third phase of its network. While the detailed project reports (DPR) for the extensions to Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh is ready and have been sent to the ministry of urban development for approval, the alignment for extension to Noida's sector 62 is still under finalization. Work on all the connecting extensions to the NCR areas is expected to be undertaken by 2012, to be part of the Delhi Metro's phase III construction.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/pixel.gifWith these alignments, the Delhi Metro will be blurring the state lines further and underlining the NCR concept, say officials. Said a spokesperson from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, "The empowered group of ministers (EGoM) has directed that the lines (connecting the NCR) may be considered for inclusion in Delhi Metro Phase III and a separate proposal be brought for consideration of the EGoM. We are in the process of finalizing all the alignments at present." The alignments include the extension of the existing Mundka corridor (Mundka-Inderlok) to Bahadurgarh, crossing the Tikri Border via Ghevra. The other line extension is that of the Yamuna Bank corridor to Noida's sector 62 via sector 32. This corridor at present is till Noida City Center. Another line extension – of the new Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor of Phase III on to Shiv Vihar, an expansion by 3km, will also bring the outskirts of Delhi into closer contact with the central parts.

That's not all. As reported by TOI earlier, the extension of the Dwarka sector 21-Noida City Center line to IFFCO Chowk via Palam Vihar along with the extension of the Badarpur corridor to YMCA Chowk in Faridabad is also on the cards. This is besides the new corridor from Dwarka to Najafgarh, stretching over 13.875km, which has been sent to the ministry of urban development already for approval. Sources in Delhi Metro said that these alignments had been also clubbed with the three new extensions – Bahadurgarh, Noida sector 62 and Shiv Vihar, as a separate proposal for EGoM approval. "The proposal is for inclusion in the Delhi Metro Phase III, which means that work will need to be started by 2012. The DPRs of all these alignments have been put on fast-track," said the Delhi Metro official.

The alignments are in varying stages of planning and finalization, say officials. While the DPR for the Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor was submitted to the MoUD and the Haryana government in the last week of October, the DPR for the Dwarka-Najafgarh and the Dwarka-IFFCO Chowk (Gurgaon) corridors are ready and have been sent for approval to the government for approval. The Faridabad extension has already gotten the green signal from the EGoM. However, the surveys for alignment finalization for both the Yamuna Vihar-Shiv Vihar as well as the Noida sector 62 lines are still underway. While the report on the former alignment is expected to be submitted by November 15, the DPR for the latter is still to be finished

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-11-08/delhi/30373057_1_ymca-chowk-extension-ncr

 

New meeting point for 3 Metro corridors

   

Sweta Dutta,Sweta Dutta

Posted: Oct 28, 2011 at 0406 hrs IST

New Delhi Kashmere Gate Metro station is expected to cut down travel time for commuters moving from North Delhi to Southeast Delhi

The new Kashmere Gate Metro station, which is part of the upcoming nine km Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridor, is slated to become the first interchange station, that will be the confluence of three busy corridors in Delhi Metro’s Phase III project.

This interchange station is expected to cut down travel time as commuters from North Delhi, moving towards Southeast Delhi, need not change two trains at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat and can instead take a direct train from Kashmere Gate. It will also connect commuters directly to important business centres and heritage sites, such as Red Fort, Daryaganj, ITO and Janpath. An extension of the Badarpur corridor, this will be the first Metro line of the upcoming phase, to be operational by 2015.

The station currently handles 40,000 passengers per day and once the new one is made operational, it is estimated to take on a significant section of the interchange passenger load. The interchange passenger load between the existing underground line (part of the Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Center corridor) with the new line (Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate) is estimated to be around 92,721 passengers per day by 2016, while this interchange load between the existing elevated line (Rithala to Dilshad Garden) and the new line is pegged at 32,911 passengers per day in the next five years, Metro officials said.

The new underground station has been plotted right next to the existing one: Below the Inter State Bus Terminus at Kashmere Gate. The existing access points on either side of the Shahdara flyover will be closed during the construction period and reconstructed at the same spot, while a third access point linking the new station will come up right in front of the ISBT main building.

Officials said since the new station will have an island platform (Central platform with tracks on either side) and the existing underground station also has a similar structure, it was not possible to connect them at the platform level. Commuters deboarding on either of the lines will have to come to the concourse level, which will connect both the lines. Those moving on to the elevated line can take elevators or escalators connecting them to the elevated station. The station already has five levels, two underground, one at grade and two elevated.

The new Kashmere Gate station, an extension of the existing one, has been designed to have random rubble masonry stone walls on the station exteriors to merge with the adjacent historic City Wall.

The Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridor is the first Metro line of the Phase III project expected to be completed by mid-2015. Construction work for the first stretch from Central Secretariat to Mandi House has already begun while tenders for the following stretch from Mandi House to Jama Masjid and the rest of the stretch to Kashmere Gate has been floated. Construction of the shaft (where the tunnel boring machine is lowered) has already begun at Chelmsford Road and civil work on the Janpath station is expected to begin in a week’s time.

The line has received all the necessary approvals; such as the Delhi governments’ and the Empowered Group of Ministers’. It now awaits a final go-ahead from the National Monument Authority, a body set up by the Ministry of Culture following the amendment of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 2010.

The cost of civil works on the line is approximately Rs 1,900 crore, while the entire corridor is estimated to cost Rs 3,900 crore.

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/new-meeting-point-for-3-metro-corridors/866329/

 

Metro’s heritage corridor delay may hit 2016 deadline

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Oct 11, 2011, 03.41AM IST

NEW DELHI: Even before work started on phase III of the Delhi Metro, the project could be heading for delay. The controversial heritage corridor, which will go from Janpath to Mandi House, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort and on to Kashmere Gate, looks set to miss its 2016 deadline as it awaits the green signal from the heritage body, National Monuments Authority.

Now, sources in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) say that if the nod doesn't come in by the end of the year, the 2016 deadline for the corridor may not be a possibility. Said a senior DMRC official, "The approval has been given by the competent authority for the Delhi heritage circle, but a final approval is still awaited from NMA. If it doesn't come in by the end of the year, it would have an adverse effect on the timeline of the project, and may overshoot its 2016 completion."

Interestingly, the Delhi Metro has already started work on the corridor. It claims the preliminary groundwork like floating of tenders for the construction and design of the tunnel as well as the construction of the stations at ITO and Jama Masjid have already been taken out earlier last month. Added the official, "The pre-bid meeting for the tender took place earlier in October…we are finalizing the tender so that work can take off immediately once the approval comes in."

According to Delhi Metro officials, in the normal sequence of events, the time between finalizing the tender and mobilizing the contractor is between one-and-half to two months. With tender finalization scheduled for November, DMRC sources said that civil work was expected to start from early 2012 on the corridor as per the existing timeline.

With the JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency) already visiting the site earlier on September 20, the corridor is one of the important lines in phase III.

The line will not only convert Mandi House into an interchange station, thereby taking some of the load from Rajiv Chowk, but also link several heritage monuments to the metro system.

The proximity of the alignment to heritage structures like Delhi Gate and Sunehri Bagh had raised red flags amongst conservationists. DMRC officials however, say that the alignment was changed to accommodate the heritage body's concerns.

A Delhi Metro official said that with the line being underground, almost 18m, the alignment was not expected to impact the neighboring monuments.

It will however, mean the cutting down of over 203 trees along the corridor, near Chelmsford club, Janpath and Mandi House. DMRC says it has already paid Rs 28,000 per tree to the department of environment of the government of Delhi for compensatory afforestation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Metros-heritage-corridor-delay-may-hit-2016-deadline/articleshow/10307807.cms

 

NEW DELHI, October 10, 2011

Elevated metro corridor to Faridabad coming up

Staff Reporter

The Delhi Metro will extend up to neighbouring Faridabad during Phase-III of its construction through a completely elevated corridor covering about 14 km. The route will be an extension of the existing Line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor) and will be built on standard guage.

Haryana-Delhi project

“The Faridabad corridor will have a total of nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 27-A, Badkal More, Faridabad (Old), Ajronda, Faridabad (New Town) and YMCA Chowk,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson.

The proposal to extend the metro to Faridabad got the Central Government approval in August. The total cost of the project will be Rs.2,533 crore, with 80 per cent funding being provided by the Haryana Government and remaining 20 per cent by the Delhi Government.

“The land for the project will be provided by the Haryana Government, and the Centre and the Haryana Government will bear the taxes in 80:20 ratio respectively,” added the spokesperson. The project will be exempt from State taxes.

The depot will come up near Faridabad Sector 20-A and the receiving sub-station will be located at Sarai.

The Faridabad link will prove to be an important link for the Delhi Metro, with its daily ridership expected to go up to around 1.79 lakh.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2525063.ece

Delhi Metro gets UN certification

NEW DELHI, September 26, 2011

Staff Reporter

Earns Rs.47 crore carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has been certified by the United Nations as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get “carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions” and helping in reducing pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tonne every year. With this certification, the Delhi Metro has earned carbon credits worth about Rs.47 crore annually for the next seven years and with the increase in number of passengers, this figure will only increase.

About 18 lakh people travel by the metro rail which is completely non-polluting and environment-friendly. But for the metro, these people would have travelled by cars, buses, two or three-wheelers which would have resulted in emission of greenhouse gases.

Thus, the DMRC has helped in reduction in emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere and the United Nations-body administering the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol has certified that DMRC has reduced emissions.

According to the DMRC, no other metro in the world could get the carbon credit because of stringent requirement of the United Nations-body to provide conclusive documentary proof of reduction in emissions. It is difficult to give documentary proof of the difference of energy consumption of two scenarios — “with metro and without metro”.

The Delhi Metro proposed an innovative method of proving the emissions using sampling techniques. After rigorous persuasion, the UN-body has finally agreed with this technique as it is scientific in nature.

The Delhi Metro has helped in “removing over 91,000 vehicles from the roads in the city daily”. During the past two decades, the city has had an exponential growth in the vehicular population having more vehicles than the combined number in the other three metropolitan cities of Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. More than 90 per cent of vehicles circulating are personal. In the absence of the project, passengers move from their trip origination to their destination by buses, taxis, cars, motorised rickshaws and by non-motorised transport. In the business-as-usual scenario, the modes of transport would continue to operate and transport passengers from their trip origin to their trip destination.

With the construction and operation of the Delhi Metro, the metro complements other modes of transport and replaces partially trips made by conventional or traditional means of transit.

The CDM project replaces trips made by conventional transport modes with metro, being a more efficient, faster, safer and more reliable transport means.

Emission reductions are achieved through reducing GHG emissions per passenger-kilometre, comparing conventional modes of transport with metro.

The resource efficiency of transporting passengers in Delhi by metro has improved emissions per passenger kilometre are reduced compared to the situation had the Delhi Metro not operated.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2486634.ece

For faster, smoother Phase III, Metro ops to go automatic

   

Sweta Dutta,Sweta Dutta

Posted: Sep 27, 2011 at 0134 hrs IST

New Delhi Besides expanding the Metro’s reach across the Capital, the DMRC is planning to reduce human dependence for running trains through the use of advanced technology. While a majority of the trains are currently running on the automatic train protection (ATP) system, which hinges on train operators, a large section of the upcoming lines is likely to get automatic train operation (ATO) systems — minimising errors and streamlining operations.

In the new system, Metro train drivers would be required only to monitor the opening and closing of doors when trains arrive at platforms. All the other operations, such as monitoring the speed, applying brakes, following the time-table and maintaining a particular headway (the stipulated time difference between two trains) will be done automatically.

The ATO system was implemented on a trial basis on the Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line) Metro corridor, and around 35 of the 50 trains were run through this system. Delhi Metro officials said the ATO system is most likely to be implemented on a larger section in Phase III. “In Phase III, the new signalling system will enable trains to run at a frequency of 90 seconds, as opposed to the current maximum of 2.30 minutes,” said a senior Delhi Metro official. “The first ATO train was run on a trial basis in November 2004, following which the first commercial run was taken up in December 2004. We have introduced more trains in this system over the years on the Yellow Line. Since this corridor is underground and trains are run on a high frequency, there was an urgent need to switch to the ATO system,” a Metro official said.

The next lines in Phase II to get the advanced system will be the standard-gauge Badarpur and Inderlok-Mundka corridors. All the lines of the Metro network are equipped with the Automatic Train Control system, comprising ATP and ATO, to ensure safe movement and keep the required two to three-minute time gap between Metro trains. When the frequency of trains is high, the ATO system helps keep the system error-free by easing dependence on the human interface. The ATP system, on the other hand, requires the train driver to regulate the train’s speed and braking system.

The ATP system, however, helps maintain a safe distance between two trains. Also, if a train operator overshoots the speed limit, emergency brakes are automatically applied. “The system authorises the train operator to open the passenger doors of the train on the correct side and at a marked position on the platform, called the normal stopping point. It also restricts the train from moving ahead with open doors, and provides the signal for automatic station alerts,” the official said.

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/for-faster-smoother-phase-iii-metro-ops-to-go-automatic/852295/

Delhi Metro's phase III work to start in November

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 19:13

New Delhi: Fast-tracking its preliminary work of Phase-III, Delhi Metro has invited applications for the design of Overhead Equipment (OHE) system for elevated corridors of the ambitious project which is expected to kick off in November.

Besides, it has also invited applications for design of power supply for underground lines like the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor.

 

The OHE is used to transmit electrical energy to trams, trolleybuses or trains at a distance from the energy supply point.

The tenders for design of 25kV Overhead Equipment (OHE) system for elevated lines and power supply for both underground and elevated lines including checking of design of receiving substations and design validation have floated for Jahangirpuri-Badli, Central Secretariat-Kashmiri Gate, Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar Janakpuri-Botanical Garden Corridor and Badarpur-Faridabad corridors.

The designs would be submitted to the Delhi Metro in the next few months after which a decision on whether any changes in the OHE system will be taken.

"As of now there are no plans to change the design of the OHE system. But if there is a need it could be done. But that will be done only after the designs are submitted," a DMRC spokesman said.

The Phase-III project envisages connecting another 103 km of the national capital to the Metro network and it would begin with the construction of a small stretch between Central Secretariat and Mandi House in November.

 

http://zeenews.india.com/news/delhi/delhi-metro-s-phase-iii-work-to-start-in-november_733781.html

Metro on fast track, more stations on Janakpuri line

TNN | Sep 22, 2011, 06.36AM IST

NEW DELHI: The third phase of Delhi Metro is going to give plenty of options for those travelling towards the domestic airport.

Besides the planned Metro station at the IG domestic airport that is set to come up as part of the Janakpuri (west) – Kalindi Kunj corridor , the Delhi Metro is now planning to have two more stations nearby.

These will be located at Sadar Bazar near Palam and at Shankar Vihar between the domestic airport and Vasant Vihar.

A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson said, "The main reason for the inclusion of these stations is the distance between the already planned Palam and domestic airport metro stations, and then from the domestic airport metro station to the Vasant Vihar metro station, both of which were approximately 4 km each."

The additional stations will not only provide greater connectivity but also cater to a larger catchment area, feel Delhi Metro officials.

With the new addition, the number of stations on the 37km corridor will be 14. The corridor is part of the Delhi Metro's phase III.

The proposed Sadar Bazar station will be located near the Indian Oil depot on the left of the road, while the Shankar Vihar station will come up in the defence area by the side of National Highway 8. Both are designed as elevated stations, added DMRC. The official said, "The additional stations will be able to cater to the needs of the local people, especially in the Delhi Cantonment area much better."

The corridor at present has a long alignment which will go through some of the most congested areas in the city including Janakpuri, Palam , IG Domestic Airport, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram , IIT, Hauz Khas, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi , GK Enclave, Nehru Place, Kalkaji, Okhla phase III, Jamia Nagar, Jasola Vihar and Kalindi Kunj.

The line is expected to be extended till Botanical Garden via Amity in Noida as part of the third phase construction . Formal approval is still awaited, however, for the extension.

Meanwhile, work on the rest of the Janakpuri (west) – Kalindi Kunj corridor is also on, DMRC officials said.
Officials in the Delhi Metro said that tenders have been floated for the civil construction of the bridge across the Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj, near the Okhla Barrage.

The tender for civil construction of the boundary wall and earth-filling at Kalindi Kunj depot has also been floated.

The extension from Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden is meanwhile waiting for the empowered group of ministers (EGoM) approval.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Metro-on-fast-track-more-stations-on-Janakpuri-line/articleshow/10073335.cms

Metro plans new Noida line

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Sep 16, 2011, 04.13AM IST

NEW DELHI: It's official. Delhi Metro is going to Noida again. The new 3.5km line, an extension of the Janakpuri (west)-Kalindi Kunj corridor, will go on till Botanical Garden via Amity. To reach Amity in Noida, it will cross the Yamuna along the Okhla barrage and thereafter, culminate at the existing Botanical Garden station.

Sources said that the Noida authority had approved the line in principle but a written approval was yet to come. Delhi Metro has already come out with a tender for the construction of the connecting bridge for the extension.

The extension is likely to cater to a large section of commuters from both the NCR town and parts of west and south Delhi. The Dwarka sector 21-Noida city center corridor or the blue line, which is one of the corridors with high ridership, already goes to Noida. The new line will connect the NCR with areas like Vasant Vihar, Munirka, Hauz Khas, Greater Kailash Enclave, Nehru Place and Jasola Vihar. It is also expected to take off some of the load off the blue line, which clocks 15-17 lakh passengers on weekdays. The existing station at Botanical Garden will be converted into an interchange station and the stretch from Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden will be elevated, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials.

The bridge connecting the station at Kalindi Kunj and the Botanical Garden via Amity is not the only bridge to come up in Phase III of the Delhi Metro network. The Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor in this phase also has a bridge crossing the Yamuna, as reported by TOI earlier. The bridge for the Noida extension will be 574m long with a span of 42m. It will be constructed about 85 meters downstream of the existing Okhla bridge, according to the tender issued by DMRC. Officials said the bridge piers would be such that these did not obstruct the water way of the existing Okhla barrage bridge upstream. The bridge on the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar line will, however, be constructed about 83 metres downstream of the existing Nizammudin bridge.

Delhi Metro had built two bridges on the Yamuna during Phase I and II. While a bridge connects Kashmere Gate with Shastri Park station, another connects Indraprastha with Yamuna Bank in east Delhi. The empowered group of ministers on urban infrastructure had on August 9 cleared the proposal at a cost of Rs 35,242 crore, including central taxes.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Metro-plans-new-Noida-line/articleshow/10000476.cms

 

Delhi Metro to build two more bridges on Yamuna

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, Sept. 15:

Delhi Metro will construct two more bridges on river Yamuna to widen its reach to more residential areas in the National Capital as part of its Phase-III project.

The bridges will be part of the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri-Kalindi Kunj corridors, which have been approved by the Centre as part of the Delhi Metro's Phase-III that would add another 103 km to its network.

Delhi Metro had earlier built two bridges on river Yamuna during its Phase-I and II projects. While a bridge connects Kashmere Gate with Shastri Park station, another connects Indraprastha with Yamuna Bank in East Delhi.

Having got approval for phase-III, Delhi Metro has invited bids for construction of the two bridges across the river.

The bridge on the Janakpuri-Kalindi Kunj corridor will have 14 spans across Yamuna along with Okhla Barrage at Kalindi Kunj and will be constructed about 85 meters downstream of the existing Okhla Bridge, the tender document states.

The bridge piers will be such that these do not obstruct the waterway of the existing Okhla Barrage bridge upstream.

The bridge on the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar line will have 15 spans and will be constructed about 83 meters downstream of the existing Nizammudin Road Bridge.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article2456274.ece

 

 

DMRC fast-tracks surveys for Phase-III

4 Sep, 2011, 01.43PM IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Having received the Centre's approval for its Phase-III, Delhi Metro is fast-tracking conduct of preliminary surveys on the proposed corridors and has floated tenders for a few of them, including the one that will connect the capital with its satellite city of Faridabad.

Delhi Metro has begun civil construction on the Central Secretariat-Mandi House section of the Central Secretariat- Kashmere Gate corridor, permission for which was granted by the Centre well before the Phase-III was approved.

Tenders have been floated for construction of Mandi House-Jama Masjid section, which is completely underground and Badarpur-Faridabad corridor.

A DMRC spokesman said tenders have also been opened for construction of a third bridge on river Yamuna near Hazrat Nizamuddin on the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor.

"Civil work is expected to commence on most of the corridors by the end of the year, while Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are expected to be lowered on the Central Secretariat- Mandi House corridor by November," a DMRC spokesman told PTI.

"For the rest of the corridors, soil survey, geo-technical investigations, utility diversion tests are being done currently," the spokesman said.

Tender documents are being prepared for awarding the civil contracts and as part of its preliminary work, Delhi Metro has already completed staff allocation for the Phase-III project and has also appointed project directors, officials said.

Decks for the implementation of the Phase-III was cleared when the EGoM cleared the project bringing comfort to a number of unconnected areas and the busy Ring Road.

The Empowered Group of Ministers on Urban Infrastructure had on August 9 cleared the proposal at a cost of Rs 35,242 crore including Central taxes.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/railways/dmrc-fast-tracks-surveys-for-phase-iii/articleshow/9858696.cms

 

Delhi Metro puts Phase III on track, first trains to roll by 2015

Posted: Aug 30, 2011 at 0311 hrs IST

New Delhi Work on Delhi Metro’s Phase III project has finally taken off, with the first upcoming corridor from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate being expedited in parts and targeted for a mid-2015 completion. Construction work on the stretch from Central Secretariat to Mandi House has already begun while tenders for the stretch from Mandi House to Jama Masjid has been floated and the rest expected to be floated soon.

Senior officials said construction of the shaft, where the tunnel boring machine (TBMs) is lowered, has already begun at Chelmsford Road and civil work, such as construction of the station building, will begin in September at Janpath. “The tunneling work, however, will take a little more time and is most likely to begin by November. The designs of the stations between Central Secretariat to Mandi House is in an advanced stage,” the official said.

Tenders for design and construction of tunnel through Shield Tunnel Boring Machines and construction of ITO, Delhi Gate and Jama Masjid stations by cut and cover method, between Mandi House and Jama Masjid, has already been floated with the last date for submission on October 25. The completion period for the project, estimated at Rs 720 crore, is fixed at 42 months from the award of contract.

Officials said it will take at least over a month to award the contract and another two months for the contractor to mobilise men and material. “Since the entire stretch is underground, construction work will be a little more time consuming. It takes about six months to construct the shaft, following which the tunneling process is initiated,” the official said. “The tenders for the remaining stretch from Jama Masjid to Kashmere Gate is nearly final and should be floated any time now. The entire corridor is targeted for completion by mid-2015,” he said.

The line has received all the necessary approvals such as the Delhi government and the Empowered Group of Ministers’ nod. It now awaits a final go-ahead from the National Monument Authority, a body set up by the Ministry of Culture following the amendment of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 2010. The NMA’s approval is mandatory as construction on this corridor falls within the prohibited, 100-metres from the monument, and regulated, 300-metres from the monument, zones.

The cost of civil works on the line is approximately Rs 1,900 crore, while the entire corridor is estimated to cost Rs 3,900 crore.

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/delhi-metro-puts-phase-iii-on-track-first-trains-to-roll-by-2015/839081/

Metro to promote Delhi mall culture

By: Vatsala Shrangi

Date:  2011-08-31

Place: Delhi

Several high-end shopping centres to be connected in phase-III

Good news for those on the lookout for retail therapy.  Delhi Metro in its phase-III will connect some of the most popular malls and shopping centres in the city. For example, the shopping arcades on both sides of South Extension, Ansal Plaza, which is the oldest modern shopping mall of the city, will get connected.

"With Metro connectivity, commuters won't have to worry about parking constraints at malls. They can also shop till late as Metro services are available till 11 pm. Besides, the existing shopping areas such as Rajouri Garden will get more visitors as the existing station there will get additional connectivity," said a DMRC
official.

Commuters are only too happy with the new prospect. "Commuting to malls like Ansal Plaza is a pain as auto rickshaw drivers charge exorbitant amounts. Metro connectivity will help us get rid of these unnecessary hassles. Also, it will be a lot easier and safer to shop till late," said Tanvi Khanna, marketing professional who is a resident of south Delhi.

The phase-III corridors will connect a lot of other prominent shopping complexes and malls like Ansal Plaza, South Extension Shopping arcades, DLF Promenade, DLF Emporio, Ambience Mall: Vasant Vihar, Munirka," added DMRC spokesperson.

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/aug/310811-news-delhi-Metro-to-promote-Delhi-mall-culture.htm

 

Kirti Nagar-Ashok Park Metro opens to public:

New Delhi: A 3.3 km rail stretch connecting Kirti Nagar to Ashok Park was thrown open on Saturday, slashing down fares and travelling time for many daily passengers and bringing the curtains down on Delhi Metro's phase II. The stretch that was part of the line 5 Mundka to Inderlok standard gauge

was formally flagged off by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, this morning before being opened for public this afternoon. The section, which has three stations, will provide inter-connectivity between Line-1 (Dilshad Garden to Rithala) and Line-3/4 (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali). The Ashok Park Main and Kirti Nagar Metro stations will now act as interchange stations to go towards Line-1 and Line-3/4 respectively. Consequently this link that connects three corridors will reduce the fares as well as cut down the travelling time between many destinations of Line 1 (Di

The Ashok Park Main and Kirti Nagar Metro stations will now act as interchange stations to go towards Line-1 and Line-3/4 respectively. Consequently this link that connects three corridors will reduce the fares as well as cut down the travelling time between many destinations of Line 1 (Dilshad Garden – Rithala), Line 3 (Dwarka Sector 21 – NOIDA City Centre) and Line 5 (Inderlok – Mundka). Besides, Satguru Ram Singh Marg Metro station, the third on this line will connect Ring railway's Patel Nagar station with the Delhi Metro network. A total of 15 trains will be running on this line with a peak hour frequency of about four minutes. Once the line is opened, commuters of Line 3 will easily travel to a destination on Line 1 and 5 without going to Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate and vice versa, thus saving time as well as money. DMRC officials said, due to this link,

lshad Garden – Rithala), Line 3 (Dwarka Sector 21 – NOIDA City Centre) and Line 5 (Inderlok – Mundka). Besides, Satguru Ram Singh Marg Metro station, the third on this line will connect Ring railway's Patel Nagar station with the Delhi Metro network. A total of 15 trains will be running on this line with a peak hour frequency of about four minutes. Once the line is opened, commuters of Line 3 will easily travel to a destination on Line 1 and 5 without going to Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate and vice versa, thus saving time as well as money. DMRC officials said, due to this link, the cost of travel will come down by more than 50 per cent in some instances. Another major benefit of this link will be that it will help decongest the heavily busy Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate interchange stations as the commuters travelling between destinations on lines 1, 3 and 5 will no longer have to come to these stations to change trains. The stretch is also the last of Delhi Metro's phase II, which connects over 100 km of the capital's stretch.

his line with a peak hour frequency of about four minutes. Once the line is opened, commuters of Line 3 will easily travel to a destination on Line 1 and 5 without going to Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate and vice versa, thus saving time as well as money. DMRC officials said, due to this link, the cost of travel will come down by more than 50 per cent in some instances. Another major benefit of this link will be that it will help decongest the heavily busy Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate interchange stations as the commuters travelling between destinations on lines 1, 3 and 5 will no longer have to come to these stations to change trains. The stretch is also the last of Delhi Metro's phase II, which connects over 100 km of the capital's stretch. The cost of travel will come down by more than 50 per cent in some instances. Another major benefit of this link will be that it will help decongest the heavily busy Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate interchange stations as the commuters travelling between destinations on lines 1, 3 and 5 will no longer have to come to these stations to change trains. The stretch is also the last of Delhi Metro's phase II, which connects over 100 km of the capital's stretch.

http://www.ekmulakatnews.com/news.php?newsid=2571

Kirti Nagar-Ashok Park Metro line inaugurated

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 27, 2011

The 3.32-kilometre stretch, connecting Kirti Nagar and Ashok Park, was thrown open for public on Saturday, putting an end to the construction of Delhi Metro's phase II. Delhi Metro now boasts of seven corridors spanning 190 km, with 145 stations and a ridership of almost two million.

The Kirti Nagar – Ashok Park stretch, which connects the Inderlok-Mundka line and Noida-Dwarka corridor, was inaugurated by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday morning. The corridor was thrown open for general public later in the day.

According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, the new stretch will slash fares and cut down travelling time for a large number of daily commuters. The DMRC expects immediate addition of about 40,000 new passengers with the opening of this section. The Metro officials said this small stretch will also help DMRC achieve its target of ferrying two million people everyday by the end of 2011.

The Ashok Park Main and Kirti Nagar Metro stations will now act as interchange points to go towards Noida, Anand Vihar, Dilshad Garden, Mundka and Rithala on three different lines.

Now, the new stretch will help decongest the heavily busy Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate interchange stations.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Kirti-Nagar-Ashok-Park-Metro-line-inaugurated/Article1-738589.aspx

 

Noida-South Delhi Metro work from Nov

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Noida, August 18, 2011

Work on a Noida-South Delhi Metro link will begin from November this year, Noida Authority chairman Balvinder Kumar said on Thursday. "The authority held a meeting with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the project was given final approval. DMRC has invited bids before the

execution can be started in three months," he said.

In March, the authority gave a formal sanction to this 3.76km Metro route between Noida's Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj near Sarita Vihar in Delhi.

Two of the stations – Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj (near Amity – of the proposed link) will fall in Noida.  "This is part of our plans to have greater connectivity with adjoining areas. DMRC's detailed project report (DPR) pegs the project's total cost at R786 crore. The cost will be borne by the authority," said a senior official.

This line will be part of DMRC's plan to link Jahangirpuri and Kalindi Kunj. Noida Authority and DMRC officials will decide on the alignments.

Once the line is operational, Noida will have a direct link with south Delhi areas like Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Green Park and Vasant Kunj. Presently, people have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk station to change lines.

"The state government has approved the plan in-principle. Once the line is operational, it will be connected to the existing Dwarka-Noida and the proposed Noida-Greater Noida routes. It will be a part of DMRC's Phase-III expansion plans," said an official in Lucknow.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Noida-South-Delhi-Metro-work-from-Nov/Article1-734830.aspx

Metro Phase III to expand, cover more of Haryana

Posted: Mon Aug 15 2011, 00:19 hrs New Delhi:

Three additional corridors to connect Najafgarh, Shiv Vihar and Bahadurpur

The Delhi Metro Phase III is likely to be bigger than originally planned. The Union Urban Development Ministry is keen on including three corridors that will provide connectivity to Najafgarh, Shiv Vihar and Bahadurpur in Haryana.

At a recent meeting of an Empowered Group of Ministers on Mass Rapid Transit System, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath highlighted the long-pending demand of residents of these areas and stressed on the need to connect such areas under Phase III itself.

The third phase is scheduled to be complete by 2016 and has an expected ridership of 40 lakh.

On Nath’s request, the EGoM, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, decided that three corridors will be brought before the committee as a supplementary item for approval for including them in Phase-III, Ministry officials said.

The three corridors are Yamuna Vihar-Shiv Vihar, extension of Mundka line to Bahadurgarh and Dwarka-Najafgarh.

The Delhi Metro has already prepared detailed project reports for these corridors. While the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor will have four stations at a length of 5.50 km, the Mundka-Bahadurgarh standard gauge corridor will be 11-km long with six stations.

At the meeting, ministers approved the original version of phase III at a length of 103.50 km with four corridors which will be implemented at a cost of Rs 35,242 crore with 40 per cent funding from Japan’s International Cooperation Agency. These already approved corridors are Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Kalinidikunj, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri-Badli.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/metro-phase-iii-to-expand-cover-more-of-haryana/831954/

 

Another Metro ridership record of 20L on Friday

TNN Aug 13, 2011, 10.33pm IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro carried over 20 lakh people in a day for the first time on Friday, surpassing the ridership record set on August 1 when 1,830,944 passengers took the Metro. However, a day later, it has to face several complaints of delay and over-crowding in trains.

Dipankar Bose, a resident of Noida who boarded the Metro at Noida City Centre on Saturday, said not only was the train very crowded, it also ran very slow. "City Centre is the first station but even that was very crowded at past noon on Saturday and by the next station, the train doors could hardly close. It normally takes about 33 minutes to reach Pragati Maidan but on Saturday, it took over 40 minutes," he said. Another commuter, Shruti Singh, who took the train from Yamuna Bank around 4pm, also said the train was running unusually slow.

Metro officials, however, denied that there was any delay on any line and said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) ran more trains, expecting the Rakshabandhan rush. The ridership figures touched 1,341,819 by 8pm on Saturday.

On Friday's milestone, DMRC officials said this was the first time the Metro carried over 20 lakh passengers on a single day. "This basically fulfilled DMRC managing-director Dr E Sreedharan's dream of achieving this magical figure a good five months ahead of his projected target of December 2011," said a spokesperspon. It carried 2,066,925 passengers on Friday. For the last two months, Delhi Metro has been registering an increased ridership. The average daily ridership, which used to be 14 lakh in May 2011, jumped to 15 lakh in June 2011 and further to over 16 lakh in July 2011.

On Friday, each of the Metro's six lines grossed highest ridership in individual capacity, too.

The Metro network, which was just 87km in January 2010, has added another 100km in a period of over one year and has 143 stations. The process of converting four-coach trains into six-coach ones started in December 2010 and till date, 74 six-coach trains are running on lines 1, 2, 3 and 4. The Metro has a pool of 200 trains.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-08-13/delhi/29884105_1_noida-city-centre-e-sreedharan-ridership

JICA to provide Rs 14,000 cr for Delhi Metro's Phase-III

Published on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 14:50 |  Source : PTI

The devastating tsunami suffered by it notwithstanding, Japan would fulfil its commitment by funding 40% of the total cost of Delhi Metro's ambitious Phase-III project.

The 103.05-km Phase-III, which was cleared by the Empowered Group of Ministers on Mass Rapid Transit System on Tuesday, will have four new corridors and will be built at a cost of Rs 35,242 crore.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which partially funded DMRC's Phase-I and II projects, will provide Rs 14,097 crore — 40% of the total cost — as loan, according to the EGoM which cleared the proposal. Though the JICA had informally communicated to Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan last year that it could fund the project, the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in March had cast doubts whether the Agency would fund Phase-III.

However, the Japanese government conveyed to India in April that its assistance and partnership to infrastructure projects would continue as per plans.

While the Centre and Delhi Government will infuse Rs 7,497 crore, which is over 21% of the total cost, as equity, they will provide Rs 5,100 crore as interest-free subordinate debt for land acquisition and Central taxes.

"It also includes loan from Government of Japan (JICA) of Rs 14,097 crore (40 per cent) and grant by DDA of Rs 1,500 crore (4.26%)," an official statement issued after the  meeting said. The Delhi Metro will raise Rs 1,586 crore (4.5%) through property development and Rs 5,462 crore (15.5%) through loans from financial institutions, the EGoM headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee decided. The Phase-III is likely to be completed by 2012.

The assurance about fulfilling their commitment on infrastructure projects in India was given by Japanese officials to the then Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao when she visited Japan in April.

A team from JICA had also met senior officials of the Delhi Metro and discussed aspects related to the project in April. Besides the Delhi Metro, Japan is assisting projects like Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and Dedicated Freight Corridor(DFC). It is also partially funding the
Chennai Metro.

This would be the first time that the DDA will fund any Metro project. The Phase-III, which will be completed by 2016, will have a total of 67 stations with 15 inter-change points that will facilitate free movement of people.

Delhi Metro, which currently has a network of 190 km, has already started preliminary work like conducting geo-technical survey, soil and other mandatory tests on all the proposed corridors to save time.

Tenders for certain corridors and constructing third bridge on the Yamuna River have already been floated. The Phase-III will kick off with the construction of a small stretch from Central Secretariat-Mandi House that is aimed at decongesting the over-crowded Rajiv Chowk station.

As part of its preliminary work, Delhi Metro has already completed staff allocation for the Phase-III project and has also appointed project directors, Delhi Metro officials said. The corridors on the Phase-III are — Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Kalinidikunj, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri-Badli.

Japan was plunged into chaos after a devastating earthquake sent a tsunami crashing through areas along its east coast in March leaving more than 23,000 people dead or missing and causing an estimate loss of USD 300 billion.

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/jica-to-provide-rs-14000-cr-for-delhi-metros-phase-iii_575601.html

 

 

 

Metro to every corner of city

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 11, 2011

Five years from now, you can travel to almost any part of the NCR without your vehicle. Delhi Metro — which has changed the way Delhiites commute — will make travelling in the city even more convenient.  Construction for its four corridors under Phase III is slated to begin by the

end of this year. The project is expected to be completed by March 2016.

Once all the corridors under phase III are in place, people's dependency on private transport is expected to drastically come down. This phase will cater to all segments of commuters like tourists, students, shoppers, domestic fliers and hospital-goers among others.

From Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, you can go to Aiims and Dhaula Kuan in south Delhi as well as to Mayapuri and Rajouri Garden in west Delhi without changing trains at the congested Rajiv Chowk station. These popular places will fall on the Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur line, which will become Delhi Metro’s longest corridor.

This corridor will also connect a number of areas including South Campus, GT Karnal Road, Wazirpur Industrial Area, South Extension market, Netaji Subhash Place, Britannia Food Factory, ESI Hospital, Rajdhani College, Naraina, Mayapuri, Moti Bagh, INA market, AIIMS, Mayur Vihar, Anand Vihar, Welcome and Yamuna Vihar.

“This will be the first corridor that will reach out to various parts of the city and make Delhi Metro a more dependable mode of public transport,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

This line will connect to the existing Metro routes at three junctions: Azadpur (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor), Netaji Subhash Place (Dilshad Garden-Rithala corridor), Shivaji Park (Inderlok-Mundka corridor), Rajouri Garden (Yamuna Bank-Dwarka corridor), Dhaula Kuan (Airport Expressline), INA (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor), Mayur Vihar Phase 1 (Yamuna Bank-Noida corridor), Anand Vihar (Yamuna Bank-Vaishali corridor) and Welcome (Dilshad Garden-Rithala corridor).

The second proposed line, Janakpuri (West)-Botanical Garden, will take west Delhi residents to the airport, Vasant Vihar, Munirka and RK Puram—all three in south Delhi—directly. It will connect the southeastern parts of the city with the western part.

The route integrates with the existing corridors at three stations: Janakpuri West (Yamuna Bank to Dwarka Sec 21 line), Hauz Khas (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre line) and Nehru Place (Central Secretariat- Badarpur line), thereby enabling commuters to go to prime areas like Dwarka, Gurgaon, Central Secretariat, Badapur and Qutub Minar among others.

Localities like Janakpuri, Palam, Greater Kailash-II, Alaknanda, Nehru Place, Okhla, Jamia Nagar, Kalkaji, Jasola and Kalindi Kunj will be connected by this corridor.

The new Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate route—an extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line—will connect central parts of the city with old Delhi. It will pass through cultural hotspots like Mandi House, Jama Masijid, and Red Fort.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to commence civil works on all the corridors by the end of this year,” said Dayal.

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Metro chugs into 3rd phase from Nov

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 11, 2011

Starting November Delhiites will have to bear with traffic congestions in various parts of the city, including the busy stretch from ITO to Red Fort, with the third phase of the metro rail network set to begin civil work. The Rs 35,000-crore project aims to build a 102-km —  mainly

circular — network connecting all parts of the Capital. All four corridors of the new phase are expected to be completed in the next five years.

A group of union ministers headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee gave its nod to the expansion plan on Tuesday. Civil works on the underground stretch from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate is to start from November, a senior official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

The other corridors of the expansion plan are the 33-km line from Janakpuri in the south to Noida, bordering eastern Delhi, a 56-km stretch from Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar in the north and a 4.5-km stretch from Badli to Jahangirpuri in the north.

“What is unique about the third phase of our expansion plan is that it will connect all parts of Delhi, further reducing commuters' dependence on private transport," said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.

Traffic and transportation experts agree that the new corridors would lead to traffic congestions during the construction phase but would eventually ensure smoother rides.

"As there is not much space along the Outer Ring Road, the authorities will have to ensure that a traffic management plan is prepared and implemented to minimise inconvenience to the public," said transportation expert PK Sarkar.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Metro-chugs-into-3rd-phase-from-Nov/H1-Article1-731951.aspx

Delhi Metro's phase-III to cover 100 km

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, August 10, 2011

Decks have now been cleared for the implementation of Delhi Metro's ambitious Phase-III project which will connect another 103 km in the capital to the network, bringing comfort to a number of unconnected areas and the busy Ring Road. The Empowered Group of Ministers(EGoM) on urban

infrastructure had Tuesday night cleared the proposal which envisages building of four new corridors at a cost of Rs 35,242 crore including central taxes.

While the Centre and Delhi governments would provide Rs 7,497 crore as equity and Rs 5,100 crore as interest-free subordinate debt for land acquisition and Central taxes, the Japan International Cooperation Agency will fund Rs 14,097 as soft loan.

The Delhi Development Authority will provide Rs 1,500 crore and the DMRC will raise Rs 1,586 crore. The remaining Rs 5462 crore will be raised through loans from financial institutions, the GoM decided on Tuesday.

Delhi Metro, which currently has a network of 190 km, has already started preliminary work like conducting geo-technical survey, soil and other mandatory tests on all the proposed corridors to save time.

Tenders for certain corridors and constructing a third bridge on the Yamuna River have already been floated. The Phase-III will kick off with the construction of a small stretch from Central Secretariat-Mandi House that is aimed at decongesting the over-crowded Rajiv Chowk station.

The Phase-III, which will be completed by 2016, will have a total of 67 stations with 15 inter-change points that will facilitate free movement of people.

As part of its preliminary work, Delhi Metro has already completed staff allocation for the Phase-III project and has also appointed project directors, Delhi Metro officials said.

Besides, the EGoM also cleared the 14-km corridor connecting Badarpur with YMCA Chowk in Faridabad at a cost of Rs 2,533 crore.

The corridors on the Phase-III are — Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Kalinidikunj, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri-Badli.

The Mukundpur corridor will be the longest with 56 km and 35 stations and will provide connectivity to the Northern, Western and Eastern, parts of Delhi. The line will also have the third bridge on Yamuna River.

The Janakpuri West-Munirka-Kalindikunj will cover 34 kms and the corridor will have 22 stations, providing connectivity to the Southeastern parts of Delhi with the western part of Delhi.

The route provides integration with the existing stations at Janakpuri West (Yamuna Bank to Dwarka Sec 21 Line), Hauz Khas (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre Line) and Nehru Place (Central Secretariat- Badarpur corridor) enabling commuters to go to Dwarka, Gurgaon, Central Secretariat, Badarpur and Qutab Minar.

A major portion of this corridor along the outer ring road.

The Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor will be an extension of the Badarpur-Central Secretariat corridor. When the Faridabad corridor comes up, it will be integrated with this corridor.

The Jahangirpuri–Badli corridor will cover 4 km and will have four stations — Jahangirpuri, Shalimar Place, Rohini Sector 18, Badli and provides connectivity to outer Ring Road, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and Badli enabling commuters to avail interstate buses and trains.

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Green light to Metro Phase-III

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 09, 2011

Work on the 103-km-long Phase-III of the Delhi Metro is ready to take off, with the Centre giving its green signal to the project.  The Empowered Group of Ministers (E-GoM), headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, on Tuesday approved the Rs 35,000crore project that would connect

remote areas of east, north and north-west Delhi to south and central Delhi.

The targeted date of completion has been fixed at March 2016. With this, the length of the Metro network in Delhi and NCR would go up to 300km.

The E-GoM also approved the 13.87km elevated Metro line connecting Badarpur in south Delhi to Faridabad in Haryana, at a cost of Rs 2,533crore.

The targeted date of completion for this project is March 2013.

Phase III will have four corridors connecting Mukundpur in north Delhi to Yamuna Vihar in east Delhi, Janakpuri in west Delhi to Kalindi Kunj in south Delhi, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri in north-west Delhi to Badli, also in north-west Delhi.

While one of the corridors will run parallel to the Ring Road and connect east Delhi with south and west Delhi, the other will run parallel to outer Ring Road and connect Noida with south and west Delhi.  While the Centre and the Delhi government will bear Rs 12,597 crore of the total project cost, DDA will give Rs 1,500crore.

The DMRC will raise another R1,586crore by developing property around the vicinity of Metro stations. The remaining cost will be met by soft loans provided by JICA and India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Green-light-to-Metro-Phase-III/Article1-731396.aspx

 Expand Metro reach, residents tell DMRC, govt
Gurgaon, August 05, 2011

Residents welfare associations in the city have urged the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Haryana government to expand  the existing metro network. They also have urged for a feeder bus service to ease intra-city commute. Residents have demanded extension of  DMRC’s

yellow line and the under-construction Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon. If the DMRC metro line terminates in Sector 29, about seven kilometres inside Gurgaon from Mehrauli border, the RMG would make a limited stretch in loop of 6.1 km from Sikanderpur metro station to meander through the DLF City (Phase 2 and 3) only.

The RWAs under the banner of pressure group Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC) on Thursday said that the existing metro service had addressed the issue of inter-city transport from Delhi. The larger concern of intracity commute has not been addressed yet.

“We have met DMRC officials and also written to CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda for additional Metro lines in Gurgaon,” said GCC president R S Rathee.

He said that the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) and LDF has taken the initiative of laying a meter-gauge 6-km loop line (Metro Service) from Sikanderpur Metro Station covering the entire Cyber City.

He added, “This loop line will solve the problem of commuters from Sikanderpur to the Cyber City. But this project will attain the required level of ridership only when it is extended to Sector 56 (7 km) on the eastern side and up to Kapashera  (2 km) on the western side.”

RN Malik, former engineer-in-chief with the Haryana government, said GCC suggested that three more lines are needed urgently to solve the traffic mess.  First, the existing DMRC line should be extended to Hero Honda Chowk. Second, a line needs to be laid from Bashahpur to Dwarka. Third, a link is needed from Iffco Chowk to Jawala Textile Mills via Palam Vihar.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Expand-Metro-reach-residents-tell-DMRC-govt/Article1-729541.aspx

 

According to DMRC, the modern transport system is registering an increased ridership on working days — Monday to Friday — for the past two months of June and July.

The usually overcrowded Noida line (Dwarka Sector 9 to NOIDA City Centre/Yamuna Bank to Anand Vihar) recorded the maximum ridership of over seven lakh followed by Gurgaon line (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre) at about six lakh.

The Rithala to Dilshad Garden Metro stretch had a ridership of over two lakh.

The Metro stations which witnessed a significant increase in ridership are Barakhamba Road, Mandi House, Mohan Estate, Noida Sec-16, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, Udyog Bhawan, Tis Hazari and Garden Estate.

Currently, the DMRC has a pool of 200 train sets with 59 of these being six-coach formations.

With Phase-III of the network expected to cover about 108 km, the Delhi Metro network will become 295 km by 2016, making it one of the fastest expanding Metro networks in the world carrying about 40 lakh passengers.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-08-02/news/29842673_1_ridership-noida-city-centre-gurgaon-line

Japan to fund Metro's phase III from December

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 24, 2011

The impasse over the sanctioning of a soft loan for Delhi Metro's phase 3 project is finally over. Japan, which was recently hit by disaster, will release the first instalment of the proposed loan for the 105km project in December. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is all set

to fund Delhi Metro's upcoming Rs32,000 crore project as it has almost completed all requisite formalities.

"We are near the end of the appraisal process of the official request received from India's finance ministry about sanctioning of loan for Delhi Metro's phase 3. In December, we will be able to sanction the first part of the loan through signing of an agreement between India's finance ministry and the Japan government," Yuichiro Sano, representative, JICA.

Ministry of Finance, which will take the loan, will hand over the amount to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), he added.

"We are yet to receive any final communication from JICA about the sanctioning of the loan amount. If JICA sanctions the soft loan, the financial crunch for the project will reduce extensively," said a DMRC spokesperson.

On April 26, a JICA team had met Delhi Metro directors at Metro Bhawan to discuss the project's modalities of funding and loan requirements.

Delhi Metro had proposed a debt equity ratio of 60:40 under which the Centre and the Delhi governments will contribute 30% each and the rest will be raised by soft loans from JICA, said sources.

"The loan will be sanctioned at 1.40% rate of interest to be repaid in 30 years with a grace period of 10 years," said Sano. Earlier, JICA had given a soft loan to Delhi Metro at different rates of interest varying between 1.2% to 2.3% in phases 1 and 2. Appreciating the sustainability of the relationship between India and Japan for Metro projects, he added: "We have been supporting the Delhi metro project for the past 15 years. It seems out commitment is reducing as Delhi Metro's demand for monetary support is reducing."

In the first phase, JICA had given Delhi Metro 60% of the R10,571 crore project cost, while in the second phase the metro had received 55% of R19,600 crore from JICA. In phase 3 DMRC has asked for only 40% of about R32,000 crore, said JICA officials.

The phase 3 project has already got clearances from the state and the Centre and both the governments have made budgetary provisions to meet the initial cost.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Japan-to-fund-Metro-s-phase-III-from-December/Article1-725133.aspx

21 Apr, 2011, 09.04AM IST, Rumu Banerjee,TNN

DMRC plans 9-coach trains on new lines

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro authority has learned from the experience of thousands of commuters who get crushed in rush hour crowds on most lines. It now plans to introduce nine-coach trains in the two new lines coming up under phase III of Metro expansion, which will be able to carry 2,600 passengers on a single journey.

At present, the standard six-coach trains running in the network can carry only 1,500 passengers – which too is a vast improvement on the four-coach trains running till a few months ago.

"The stations on the new lines – Janakpuri to Kalindi Kunj and Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar – are being designed keeping in mind nine-coach trains," said a senior DMRC official. These lines will together add 105km to the Metro network. The stations, which will be bigger than the present ones, will also have more escalators and staircases as part of the new design.

The lines that came up in phase I and II can accommodate at most eight-coach trains on broad-gauge lines while the standard lines – like Badarpur-Central Secretariat and Inderlok-Mundka – can have six-coach trains. The nine-coach trains will have two driving motor cars, in the front and the back, with a combination of motor and trailer cars.

The new platforms will be 210 metres long, as opposed to 140 metres (for six-coach trains) or 185 meters (for eight-coach trains). There are 35 stations in the Mukundpur line while there are 22 stations on the Janakpuri line.

"The nine-coach trains will not only have a larger capacity for passengers, they will also enable the DMRC to handle the two new lines with ease because of the enhanced capacity," a source in DMRC said. The approximate ridership for the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar line is expected to be more than five lakh while the expected ridership for Janakpuri-Kalindi Kunj has been put at around 3.5 lakh. Sources said DMRC is expecting the ridership to go up once the lines become operational.

According to officials, the decision to ramp up the capacity of the trains was taken keeping in view the escalating ridership in the present Metro lines. The two longest lines of the Delhi Metro network – HUDA City Centre to Jehangirpuri and Dwarka sector 21 to Noida/Anand Vihar – carry approximately four lakh passengers every day.

The overall ridership is at 16 lakh on the Metro network. This is expected to go up to 40 lakh in 2016, by the time the phase III is completed.

Said a DMRC source, "Since the stations will be bigger in order to accommodate the nine-coach trains, the plan is to optimize the use of space as these stations will be coming up in congested parts of the city." To ensure that the stations don`t take up too much space, especially the elevated ones, the DMRC is planning to "judiciously" allot space in the station, cutting down the dimensions of the equipment room and the like.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/newsbyindustry/transportation/railways/DMRC-plans-9-coach-trains-on-new-lines/articleshow/8044060.cms

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Metro’s big leap across river

Rumu Banerjee, TNN | Jun 19, 2011, 02.15am IST

NEW DELHI: The third phase of the Delhi Metro, which will connect Mukundpur with Yamuna Vihar, will throw up a number of firsts. At 55.69km, it will be the longest alignment on the Metro network and will have around 10 interchange stations — the most so far. Its two stations, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Mayur Vihar Phase I, will be over 4.5km apart — the longest stretch on the network. And to top it all, a new station will be constructed above the existing Mayur Vihar I station to integrate the two lines.

A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said, "The stretch between the two stations will be the longest on the entire network. It will be built on a bridge spanning the Yamuna."

The Hazrat Nizamuddin station, which will be underground, will provide easy access to the nearby Nizamuddin railway station. However, Delhi Metro officials said full integration with the station will not be carried out and only an access point will be provided, much like the one at New Delhi railway station.

At the other end, the line will integrate with the Mayur Vihar Phase I station. And as part of this integration, a new station will be constructed above the existing one.
The corridor will arch over towards Trilokpuri, going over the present Dwarka-Noida alignment.

Officials admit the 4.5km stretch from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Mayur Vihar will be another challenging piece of engineering in the Metro project. The official said, "We plan to use segmental launching technology, which was also used for the bridge after Yamuna Bank station on the Dwarka-Noida corridor." The bridge will span 602.8m across the river. According to officials, this technology involves pulling up segments using launchers.

DMRC officials say that the pillars, or piers as they are called, will be anchored in the riverbed.

"These will be built using well foundation technology that will enable the groundwater to recharge as well as rainwater harvesting," added the official.

On the piers, metallic strips with gauge marks will also be put up to indicate the flood level. The stretch will run between the Delhi-Noida toll road and Nizamuddin flyover, over the Zone 'O' of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Incidentally, the zone has strict building norms, with the DDA refusing non-green projects in the area in the past. But Delhi Metro officials said that permission wasn't expected to be a problem, as transport solutions were allowed under the current norm in the zone.

The Hazrat Nizamuddin and Mayur Vihar Phase I
stations are expected to cater to residents of a large number of nearby colonies, including Nizamuddin East, passengers coming from the Nizamuddin railway station and Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, apart from Mayur Vihar, Pratap Nagar, Patparganj, Shashi Garden, Maharaja Agarsen College and Acharya Niketan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Metros-big-leap-across-river/articleshow/8907846.cms

 

 

New Metro corridor to touch all corners
Subhendu Ray subhendu.ray@hindustantimes.com
NEW DELHI:

Soon there would be a new ring over the Ring Road, that of Metro rail, covering north, west and east Delhi -all through a single 56-km corridor. So, one could reach almost about anywhere to anywhere in Delhi via Metro.

The proposed longest corridor -Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar -under phase 3 would become operational in a few years. "The MukundpurYamuna Vihar corridor that would have 33 stations, would cover a major portion of the Ring Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road), enabling people to avoid traffic congestions on the Ring Road," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

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The corridor would connect a number of prominent areas, including Delhi University, GT Karnal Road, Wazirpur Industrial area, South Extension market, Netaji Subhash Place district centre, Britannia Food Factory, ESI Hospital, Rajdhani College, Naraina, Mayapuri, Dhaula Kuan, Moti Bagh, INA market, AIIMS Hospital, Mayur Vihar, Anand Vihar, Welcome and Yamuna Vihar.

It would also interconnect the nine existing metro lines, said DMRC sources. The route provides integration at Azadpur (Viswavidyalaya-Jahangirpuri corridor), Netaji Subhash Place (Dilshad Garden-Rithala corridor), Shivaji Park (InderlokMundka corridor), Rajouri Garden (Yamuna Bank-Dwarka corridor), Dhaula Kuan (Airport Express Metro line), INA (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor), Mayur Vihar Phase 1 (Yamuna Bank-Noida corridor), Anand Vihar (Yamuna BankVaishali corridor) and Welcome (Dilshad Garden-Rithala corridor) enabling commuters to go to all parts of Delhi by metro.

The existing line 2 (GurgaonJahangirpuri) interconnects line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) through Kashmiri Gate metro station, line 3 (Noida-Dwarka) through Rajiv Chowk and line 6 (Central SecretariatBadarpur) through Central Secretariat. Similarly, line 3 interconnects line 2 through Rajiv Chowk and line 4 (Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar) through Yamuna Bank.

 

This would be the busiest metro line catering to all sections of people, including students, service sector people, business sector people, market goers and industry workers, he said.

Source: New Metro Corridor To Touch All Corners, 56-km Corridor To Connect Most Parts of Capital

 

Japan to give Rs 7,361 crore for infra projects in India

bandevika, ET Bureau Jun 17, 2011, 05.17am IST

NEW DELHI: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to Rs 7,361 crore as a soft loan to India for various infrastructure projects in India. The loan will cover six development projects in the areas of power, transportation, forestation and energy to support India's efforts to improve its infrastructure.

The loan amount will also focus of projects that will help accelerate the spread of new and renewable energy and energy conservation projects using Japanese technology.

The projects include two power projects in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh respectively, Bangalore metro rail project, a bio diversity project in Rajasthan, an energy saving project for small and medium industries and a renewable energy project.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/images/pixel.gifThe Japanese commitment comes at a time when the Indian government was skeptical of Japanese contribution on account of the recent devastation in the country due to earthquake and tsunami.

"I hope that this will send a positive message that our level of assistance towards India will remain stable even after earthquake and tsunami that have recently hit our country," said Shunichi Yamanaka, chief representative of JICA in India.

JICA, as an aid donor agency of the Japanese government, provides concessionary loans (ODA loans), grant aid, and technical cooperation to countries. It has supported many projects in India, the most significant of which is the first two phases of the Delhi metro rail project. It has also agreed to support the phase 3 of the Delhi metro is expected to cost Rs 28,000 crore covering 6 corridors that are part of the plan as of now.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-06-17/news/29665960_1_metro-rail-project-oda-loans-renewable-energy-project

 

Delhi Metro to dig deeper for tunnels in third phase

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Delhi Metro, known for its engineering marvel, is set to dig deeper for its third phase lines which at some places require constructing tunnels under the existing ones, an official said Wednesday.

"Delhi Metro tunnels are usually built at a depth of 20 metres. As we are planning to construct an underground tunnel below a tunnel, we will be digging around 40 metres below ground level," said Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal.

Tests and technical surveys were being conducted to meet the new engineering challenge, he said.

Dayal said in the third phase three tunnels will pass under four existing underground metro stretches.

The third phase of the project was approved by the Delhi government April 11. The new lines in the third phase will link Mukundpur with Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri West with Noida Botanical Garden in the suburban Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

Three existing routes will be extended: The Badarpur-Central Secretariat line up to Kashmere Gate, the HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri line up to Badli, and the Dwarka-Noida line up to Najafgarh.

The underground stretch from Sarojini Nagar to INA Market on the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor will pass under the existing underground section of the Jahangirpur-HUDA City Centre line at INA. It will have nine stations, an official said.

The tunnel from domestic airport (terminal two) to Kalkaji on the Janakpuri West-Noida Botanical Garden corridor will pass under the existing underground section of the Airport Express link. It will have 12 stations.

An underground stretch from Mandi House to ITO on the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor will pass under the existing tunnel of the Noida-Dwarka corridor at Mandi House. It will have seven stations.

"Delhi Metro has already finalised the tenders for the construction of Mandi House and Janpath stations on the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor," an official said.

"The decision to construct more underground corridors was taken this time to ensure that the construction work causes minimum inconvenience to people," Dayal said.

According to officials, the first phase of Delhi Metro had 13.17 km of underground stretch. The second phase had 34.89 km. In the third phase, a total of 108 km network will be constructed, and of this about 40 percent or 41 km would be underground.

As of now, Delhi Metro has 31 underground stations. The third phase will have 28 underground stations.

http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=245139

 

DMRC seeks 3000-cr loan from JICA

Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN | Jun 17, 2011, 12.45am IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has sought over Rs 3,000 crore soft loan for its expansion under Phase III from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the current financial year. Sources said that the aid agency of the Japanese government is considering this request and it is likely to be cleared.

The project cost of DMRC Phase-III has increased from Rs 25,000 crore to Rs 32,000 crore due to inflation. It had proposed a debt equity ration of 40:60 under which the state and central government would contribute 20% each, while the rest would be raised by soft loans from JICA.

An official well acquainted with the development said that this proposal forms part of the list that the Centre has forwarded to the JICA. The total cost of the projects on the list is around Rs 14,000 crore for 2011-12. On Thursday, the JICA signed Japanese soft loan agreements with the Indian government of Rs 7,361 crore. The only Metro rail that has been approved loan for 2010-11 is Bangalore Metro Rail project.

Sources said that soft loan proposal for the DMRC is likely to be cleared by the end of current financial year. Usually, the JICA signs the loan agreement with the Indian representative in Tokyo in March.

Talking to TOI, the JICA representative in New Delhi, Yuichiro Sano, said that the agency is interested to provide soft loan for more urban projects in Delhi. "We are carrying out a study on the augmentation and management of water supply throughout the city. Most parts of the city get water for only four hours daily. We will be concluding the study soon and it aims to find ways and suggest measures that would help achieve 24X7 water supply in the capital," Sano said.

According to preliminary estimates, the long-term water project could need investment upto Rs 8,000 crore and would take about 8-10 years to complete.

Sources said that the huge losses in the water supply sector are attributed to leakage of drinking water and mismanagement in the distribution system.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/DMRC-seeks-3000-cr-loan-from-JICA/articleshow/8881620.cms

Metro to domestic terminal from 2016

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 09, 2011

First Published: 23:38 IST(9/6/2011)
Last Updated: 02:10 IST(10/6/2011)

After the international terminal, it's domestic terminal's turn to be on Delhi's Metro map. The domestic terminal (T1D) of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is going to get Metro connectivity in Phase 3, which is scheduled to be completed by 2016. At present, the showcase 22-km airport

expressline provides high-speed metro connectivity to the new terminal 3 (T3) of the IGIA that mostly caters to international fliers as well as those who travel by premium domestic aircrafts.

The proposed Metro line connecting Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden would go through the domestic airport (T1D) enabling domestic fliers to take the Metro to go to the airport.

"The new line will benefit thousands of low-cost air fliers from across the city as the proposed 39-km line would pass through almost all major existing corridors," said Anuj Dayal, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.

About 150 flights operate from the domestic terminal everyday catering to an average of 15,000 people.

The new line will have 24 stations and interchange options on line 3/4 (Noida-Anand Vihar-Dwarka) at Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden, line 2 (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri) at Hauz Khas and line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur) at Nehru Place and Kalkaji.

"Your travel to the domestic airport would not only be less time consuming, it would be cost effective as well. From Noida if you take a cab for the airport, you pay around R500 and reach the airport in more than an hour. But if you commute by Metro, you will pay not more than R30 and spend just 35 minutes to reach the airport," said a senior DMRC official.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Metro-to-domestic-terminal-from-2016/Article1-707700.aspx

Metro phase 3: 28 underground stations in offing

TNN Jun 16, 2011, 12.29am IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro has started work on finalizing stations on the alignment even as it awaits a nod from the group of ministers (GoM) for the third phase.

This phase will have a record number of 28 underground stations. The total number of underground stations in the network at present, including the two phases, is only 31. The reason, says the Delhi Metro, is an attempt to cause less traffic disruption. The new alignments in the third phase go through some of the most congested areas in the city.

According to officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), around 40% of phase III will be built underground and three different stretches will pass below the existing underground metro corridors in the city. These are the underground stretches from Sarojini Nagar to INA on the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor, Indira Gandhi domestic airport to Kalkaji on the Janak Puri West to Kalindi Kunj corridor and Mandi House to ITO stretch. They will be passing over the Jehangirpuri-HUDA city centre line, the airport express link and the NOIDA-Dwarka line respectively.

Delhi Metro wants to use latest technology for the construction. Officials say that having a majority of the stations underground makes it a challenging task. "By constructing many underground stretches, DMRC will also be able to avoid causing damage to the existing infrastructure such as flyovers and roads," a DMRC spokesperson said.

The total length of the underground corridor presently is 48.06km, while in phase III the underground stretch will be 41.044km. The first phase of Delhi Metro's construction had 13.17km of underground metro lines while the second phase had 34.89km.

The longest underground section of phase III will be from IGI Airport (domestic) to Kalkaji on the Janakpuri West-Kalindi Kunj corridor, which will be 17.288km long. The Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor will have underground lines of 14.386km and the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor will have a total of 9.370km underground lines.

"As per our plans, most of the underground work will be done through tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and new Austrian tunneling method (NATM). The stations will be constructed with the help of cut-and-cover technology," the spokesperson added.

Initial tests such as geo-technical surveys, soil surveys, utility tests are being conducted by specialized agencies on all the new corridors. Tenders have been finalized for the construction of the Mandi House and Janpath stations on the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-16/delhi/29665204_1_underground-metro-underground-stations-mandi-house-and-janpath

 

Much of Phase 3 of Delhi Metro will be underground

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, June 15, 2011

Over 40 km of Delhi Metro's ambitious Phase-III will be built underground and three different stretches will pass below existing underground Metro corridors, a decision taken to lessen the inconvenience caused to people during construction. The total length of the underground corridors in the propos

ed Phase-III will be almost equivalent to the total underground sections built so far by DMRC in Phase I and II.

"This makes construction of the Phase-III more challenging," a DMRC spokesman said.

Delhi Metro now has a total of 31 underground stations, while Phase-III alone will have 28 underground stations.

"The total length of the underground corridor now is 48.06 kilometres and Phase-III alone will have underground corridors of 41.044 kilometres," the spokesman said.

The decision to construct more underground corridors was taken this time to ensure that construction work causes minimum inconvenience to the people.

By constructing so many underground stretches, DMRC will also be able to avoid causing any damage to the existing infrastructure such as flyovers and roads, the spokesman said.

For the first time, three different tunneling stretches in Phase-III will pass below existing underground Metro stretches in the city.

They are the underground stretch from Sarojini Nagar to INA on the Mukundpur–Yamuna Vihar corridor, Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport to Kalkaji on the Janak Puri West and Mandi House to ITO.

The longest underground section of Phase 3 will be from IGI Airport (Domestic) to Kalkaji on the Janakpuri West – Kalindi Kunj corridor which will be 17.288 kilometres long.

The Mukundpur–Yamuna Vihar corridor will have underground lines of 14.386 kilometres and the Central Secretariat–Kashmere Gate corridor will have a total of 9.370 kilometres of underground lines.

As per present plans, most of the underground work will be done through Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) and stations will be constructed with the help of the cut-and-cover technology, the spokesman said.

At present, initial tests such as geo technical surveys, soil surveys, utility tests are being conducted by specialized agencies on all the above mentioned corridors.

Tenders have been finalized for the construction of the Mandi House and Janpath stations on the Central Secretariat–Kashmere Gate corridor.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Much-of-Phase-3-of-Delhi-Metro-will-be-underground/Article1-709728.aspx

Promised loans will come: Japan

Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 26, 2011

The uncertainty over Japanese funding of the ambitious Rs 4,05,000 crore Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, one of the largest infrastructure projects coming up in the country and the expansion of Rs 35,000 crore Delhi Metro Phase -III has been finally put to rest. Japan will not reduce or reassess

its loan assistance to these as well as over 10 proposed key infrastructure project in India that are dependent on loan assistance from the country, in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11. Loan assistance that Japan has already committed to the 100 ongoing projects would also not be affected.
Immediately after the disaster, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), one of the biggest bilateral aid agencies in the world, had feared that development assistance to India might get affected.
But the Japanese government has, in the last week of April, decided against curtailing development assistance to projects in India.
Shinichi Yamanaka, chief representative, JICA India Office, told HT in an exclusive interview that the agency is not going to reassess or reduce its committed loan package to India amounting to R11,000 crore for the financial year 2010-11.
"There is not going to be any effect on either the ongoing projects or the proposed new projects," Yamanaka told HT.
JICA has, only last month, received request for loan assistance from Indian government for over 10 projects including Delhi Metro Phase III expansion, Chennai Ring Road and Dedicated Freight Corridor, among others for the financial year 2011-12.
"We are examining the proposal and a decision will be taken shortly. We expect to make commitment to the tune of approximately R12,000 crore in 2011-12 as well," said Yamanaka.
India is the largest beneficiary of Japanese loan assistance after Vietnam and Indonesia and has received 1279.2 billion Japanese yen (R70,600 crore based on current exchange rate) as development assistance in the last eight years.
Yamanaka said that of the R11,000 crore loan that JICA had committed in 2010-11, it has already disbursed approximately R7,000 crore.
These will aid projects including cleaning of river Yamuna that runs through Delhi, a crop diversification project in Himachal Pradesh and afforestation project in Tamil Nadu.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Promised-loans-will-come-Japan/Article1-702375.aspx

 

भीकाजी से निजामुद्दीन तक सुरंग में मेट्रो

नई दिल्ली, अरविंद ऋतुराज

First Published:03-05-11 03:34 PM

Last Updated:03-05-11 03:34 PM

रिंग रोड पर यातायात की रफ्तार से कदमताल करते हुए भीकाजी कामा प्लेस से हजरत निजामुद्दीन रेलवे स्टेशन तक मेट्रो ट्रेन सुरंग फर्राटा भरेगी। 12 किलोमीटर से अधिक लम्बी इस सुरंग में आठ मेट्रो स्टेशन बनाए जाएंगे।

यह सुरंग फेज 3 के अंतर्गत बनने वाली राजधानी की सबसे बड़ी मेट्रो लाइन-मुकुंदपुर से यमुना विहार का एक हिस्सा होगी। इस लाइन के चालू होने से रिंग रोड पर यातायात का दबाव काफी कम हो जाने की संभावना है। व्यस्तम समय में हजरत निजामुद्दीन से भीकाजी कामा प्लेस तक सड़क मार्ग से जाने में 45 मिनट से एक घंटे का समय लगता है, जबकि सुरंग वाली मेट्रो से लोगों को यह दूसरी तय करने में सिर्फ 15 मिनट का वक्त लगेगा।

इस लाइन के चालू होने से राजधानी के चारों बड़े स्टेशन मेट्रो लाइन से जुड़ जाएंगे। फिलहाल नई दिल्ली, पुरानी दिल्ली, आनंद विहार रेलवे स्टेशनों तक मेट्रो का नेटवर्क है लेकिन हजरत निजामुद्दीन रेलवे स्टेशन तक जाने का मेट्रो का कोई विकल्प यात्रियों के पास नहीं है। हजरत निजामुद्दीन रेलवे स्टेशन से यह लाइन मयूर विहार होते हुए आनंद विहार निकल जाएगी। इस प्रकार राजधानी में रेलवे स्टेशनों, बस अड्डों और हवाई अड्डों का एक मेट्रो नेटवर्क तैयार हो जाएगा।

इसके चालू होने से दक्षिणी दिल्ली के टॉप मार्केट सरोजनी नगर, आईएनए, साउथ एक्सटेंशन और लाजपत नगर होकर अंडरग्राउंड मेट्रो ठीक वैसे ही गुजरेगी जैसे वर्तमान में चांदनी चौक होकर जहांगीरपुरी वाली मेट्रो गुजर रही है।  इस लाइन के चालू होने से नोएडा और पूर्वी दिल्ली के तमाम इलाके के लोग दक्षिणी दिल्ली के मार्केट और सभी रेलवे स्टेशन और बस अड्डों तक आसानी से पहुंच सकेंगे। नोएडा के लोग मयूर विहार तक आकर इस लाइन की मेट्रो में सवार हो सकेंगे।

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Metro plans six access points for Janpath station

Posted: Wed May 11 2011, 02:39 hrs New Delhi:

The Delhi Metro, in Phase-III, will provide commuters to Janpath easy access to various key landmarks in the area. The DMRC has planned six entry-exit points for its Janpath station, providing a direct link to MTNL building, Imperial Hotel, Janpath mini-market and Eastern and Western courts.

The Janpath station is the station after Central Secretariat on the Badarpur corridor.

The underground Metro station will have lifts at two entry-exit points, while other four will have escalators leading up to the Janpath Road. One of the lifts can be accessed from in front of Hotel Imperial and the other from MTNL Building — the two are on either sides of the road.

The station can also be accessed from Janpath mini market, Jawahar Vyapar, Western court and NDMC building.

Officials said the entry-exit points have been plotted to ensure reach to maximum catchment area on Janpath.

The Janpath station will economise on space and use as little area as possible. Officials said since it will be a standalone station, without any interchange, it will be on a smaller area as compared to other Metro stations. While Metro stations usually stretch across 300 metres, this one has been accommodated within 250 metres.

The contract for Janpath and Mandi House stations was awarded to Pratibha-CRFG JV on April 20 and preliminary work on the stretch connecting Central Secretariat to Janpath has already begun.

“The station design for Janpath has already been finalised and the contractor has begun preparing for preliminary work, like planning traffic diversions and detailed surveys for soil testing, a mandatory procedure before the tunnelling work begins,” said an official. “Design details for the Mandi House station, which will be an extension of the existing station, are still being worked out.”

The tender cost of the project, which includes design and construction of tunnel between Central Secretariat and Mandi House by cut and cover method, is Rs 467 crore. The total project cost for the 3.2-km stretch is approximately Rs 800 crore. The target completion period for the entire project is three years and the station should be commissioned by the summer of 2014.

The Delhi Metro will soon hold stakeholder meetings with traders at the Janpath mini-market and the other office buildings to discuss the project details. Officials said the stakeholder meetings are usually aimed at explaining what the project will entail during the construction period, such as traffic diversions and shop displacement.

Officials said very few shops in the area will be affected during the construction period, most likely the ones where entry-exit points are planned.

An extension of the standard gauge Badarpur Metro corridor, the Janpath station is expected to decongest the Rajiv Chowk station. Officials said since Connaught Place is also in the catchment area of this station, a large number of commuters will naturally shift here.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/metro-plans-six-access-points-for-janpath-station/788606/1

Interchange stations on Metro drawing board to cut travel time

Posted: Mon May 02 2011, 02:13 hrs New Delhi:

The upcoming Phase III of the Delhi Metro will not only make things easier for commuters in the Capital but also provide extensive cross-connectivity within the existing network — reducing travel time. The Delhi Metro has planned several interchange stations on upcoming corridors, which will help commuters switch lines and avoid having to take circuitous routes.

The 103-km Phase III network has four corridors — Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, Janakpuri West to Kalindi Kunj, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Jahangirpuri to Badli — and they have been charted to either cut through corridors or extend existing lines.

Until now, North Delhi commuters travelling to either East or West Delhi had to travel down the Jahangirpuri line to Kashmere Gate or Rajiv Chowk to switch to connecting Metro lines. But with the upcoming Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor, commuters can take a direct train to Punjabi Bagh and reach in five minutes.

Metro officials said the upcoming phase has been planned with several interchange stations across the network, which will cut down on travel time considerably. “The upcoming lines will serve a larger area and have been intertwined with the existing corridor to provide cross-connectivity. Commuters will be able to bypass central areas like Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat and Kashmere Gate, which are the existing interchange stations, as they will have several other options closer to their boarding stations,” Mangu Singh, Director (Works), DMRC, told Newsline. “The Mukundpur corridor, which runs along the Ring Road, connects the city in a circular formation, and a large number of interchange stations have been plotted on the corridor so commuters can avoid travelling to central stations for connecting trains,” he added.

The 55.69-km Mukundpur corridor has 10 interchange stations — Azadpur, Netaji Subhash Place, Punjabi Bagh West, Rajouri Garden, Dhaula Kuan, INA, Lajpat Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Anand Vihar and Welcome. They will link the upcoming corridor to all six existing corridors at different points.

The upcoming Janakpuri West-Kalindi Kunj Metro corridor, measuring 33.49 km, will directly connect West Delhi to South Delhi. Commuters will not have to change trains at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat to reach Hauz Khas or Kalkaji. Both Hauz Khas and Kalkaji will serve as interchange stations on this corridor, linking Jahangirpuri with HUDA City Centre corridor and Badarpur corridor with West Delhi.

Construction of the interchange stations, however, is being looked at as an engineering challenge as these stations will come up at the same location as existing ones. “Whenever two lines cross and there is an interchange station, both the stations have to be planned at different levels — underground or elevated,” Singh said. The project will be completed by 2016, adding another 103 km to the Metro network.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/interchange-stations-on-metro-drawing-board-to-cut-travel-time/784371/0

 

Noida Authority approves extension of Metro's line 8

New Delhi, May 11, 2011

The Noida Authority on Monday gave in principle approval for extension of proposed line 8 — Janakpuri to Kalindi Kunj — up to Botanical Garden in Noida Sector 32. While the Delhi cabinet and the group of ministers have already given its approval to the project, senior DMRC officials said approval an

d signing of memorandum of understanding between the Noida Authoirty officials and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is mandatory to ensure immediate construction.

The 3.7-kilometre extension will have just one station en route — tentatively named as Amity Metro station for its proximity to Amity University — and will end at the existing Botanical Garden Metro station. The extension is likely to cost R786 crore.

While the DMRC will bear the cost of the rolling stock and operational expenditure, the Noida Authority will have to pay for the construction and will have to provide land for construction of the Metro line and the stations.

The extension will reduce the distance and travelling time between south Delhi and Noida. Running parallel to outer Ring Road in Delhi, the proposed Janakpuri West — Noida corridor will cut through some prominent residential and commercial hubs in south Delhi.

Senior DMRC officials said the section will benefit a large number of people who travel between Noida and south Delhi every day.

"This corridor will have two inter-change stations — at Kalkaji on Badarpur line and at Hauz Khas on Gurgaon line —which help people move anywhere in south and central Delhi from Noida and Greater Noida and vice-versa in matter of just few minutes," said a senior DMRC official.

Since the Noida Authority is also planning construction of its own light rail transit system between Noida and Greater Noida, this line would virtually bring Greater Noida and south Delhi very close to each other.

The 37.2-kilometre corridor — 33.5-km in Delhi and 3.7-km in Noida — will have 24 elevated and 12 underground stations. The line will also serve as an alternate to Dwarka — Noida section for people who travel between west Delhi and Noida.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Noida-Authority-approves-extension-of-Metro-s-line-8/Article1-695975.aspx

Over 12,000 cards sold on first day of 'Smart Card Week' in Delhi

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 18:33 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

 

Observing 'Smart Card Week' seemed to have worked wonders for the Delhi Metro. On the first day of the 'Smart Card Week' yesterday, there was a 30% increase in the sale of the smart cards, which helps commuters to avoid grueling queues.

On an average, about 10,000 new Smart Cards are sold at Metro stations every day.

"However, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) registered a sale of 12,906 Smart Cards yesterday which is an increase of 2,906 from its daily average. Amongst the stations where maximum Smart Cards were sold are New Delhi (637), followed by Chandni Chowk (609)," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

The Delhi Metro is observing Smart Card Week from May 9 to May 15 to promote and popularise extensive use of the Smart Cards.

Presently, over 60% of Metro passengers (over nine lakh) are using Smart Cards on a regular basis and the DMRC intends to increase this figure substantially to a level similar to that of the other Metro systems like Singapore and Hong Kong where almost 100% of Metro users rely on Smart Cards.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_over-12000-cards-sold-on-first-day-of-smart-card-week-in-delhi_1541650

 

Smart cards in the Delhi Metro

May 8, 2011, 11.24pm IST

NEW DELHI: This is one cost-revenue ratio that will gladden any businessman's heart. For every passenger who travels on the Metro, the cost is Rs 14 for the Delhi Metro while it earns around Rs 3 crore every day from ticketing sales. A lion's share of that revenue comes from the smart cards: Rs 1.5 crore every day.

Not surprisingly, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is now hoping to push the sale of smart cards. A Delhi Metro spokesperson said: "Presently, over 60% of Metro passengers use smart cards on a regular basis." DMRC hopes to increase this figure substantially to a level similar to that of the other Metro systems like Singapore and Hong Kong. The official added: "In these countries, almost 100% of Metro users use smart cards."

Towards this, the Delhi Metro has launched what it calls the "smart card week" from May 9-15. During this period, Metro staff at 22 stations will not only advertise the benefits of using the smart card but also facilitate the sale of these cards, which will be available at a discount of 10%.

That a chunk of Metro users has already opted for the smart card system is apparent from the revenue collections. While 5.5 lakh tokens are sold every day, amounting to a revenue of Rs 32-25 lakh, DMRC has sold around 45 lakh smart cards since the Metro became operational in 2002. Yet, the revenues from smart cards is a substantial Rs 1.5 crore, all from the top-up or add-on to the cards transaction every day. Interestingly, the Delhi Metro sells 10,500 smart cards daily, with the highest sales recorded at the Rajiv Chowk station -around 2,500-3,000 cards are sold here each day.

DMRC officials cited varied benefits for the use of smart cards. A DMRC spokesperson said: "These cards allow passengers to avoid the long lines for tokens and the change from the counters." With the shift to a token-less medium, DMRC is also hoping to cut down further on its loss of tokens, a phenomenon that is still quite prevalent, said officials.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-05-08/delhi/29522572_1_smart-cards-metro-spokesperson-metro-passengers

Metro's midas touch to reach Narela by 2021

Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 09, 2011

Before there were plans for Delhi Metro to enter Dwarka, the place was known as Pappankalan. Hardly anyone moved to live there. Property prices in Rohini, built in 1980s, only shot up after it became part of the Metro network. It is the Midas touch of the Metro that, the DDA believes, will change th

e fortune of Narela too. The Narela sub-city, planned at the same time as Dwarka, offers almost all the latter offers. Almost everything, but the metro.

DDA's plans are not too far off the mark as Narela is a part of the master plan made for metro's expansion in Delhi. The plan, however, will take some time to materialise.

Metro's extension to Narela is expected to be taken up in the Phase IV, which should be completed by 2020-2021. Work on Metro's Phase III has already begun. "We are expecting the work in Phase III to be completed by 2016. Work on the Phase IV would begin only after that," said a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official who didn't wish to be named. "The metro line from Jahangirpuri would be extended to Bawana and then to Narela," he added.

"The plan, however, would only fructify after we get all the required approvals from authorities. There can be some changes or additions as it happened with other sections too," the official said.

DDA had invested 10% of the total cost of bringing metro to Dwarka. However, there are no such plans for Narela. Sources said that since Narela had always been on the metro map, unlike Dwarka, there is little chance that DDA would put in money to extend the Metro to the sub-city.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Metro-s-midas-touch-to-reach-Narela-by-2021/Article1-695116.aspx

 

Work on Delhi Metro third phase to commence soon

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The work on Delhi Metro’s third phase will commence in the next few weeks, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Sunday.

She also said that a large number of new low-floor buses have been added to the fleet of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

‘With the completion of the Metro’s third phase, the colonies in Delhi will become closer to each other. Apart from this, a large number of new low-floor buses have been added to DTC’s fleet,’ Dikshit said at a public rally in Tri Nagar area of west Delhi.

Confirming the news on the Metro’s work, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson Anuj Dayal told IANS that ‘the work will be starting in the next few weeks’.

The third phase of the project was approved by the Delhi government April 11.

The new lines in the third phase will link Mukundpur with Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri West with Noida Botanical Garden.

Three existing routes will be extended: The Badarpur-Central Secretariat line up to Kashmere Gate, the HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri line up to Badli and the Dwarka-Noida line up to Najafgarh.

According to Dikshit, 67 stations will come up under the 108-km third phase. Of this, 41 km will be underground and 67 km will be elevated.

The anticipated cost is over Rs.30,000 crore.

http://www.inewsone.com/2011/05/08/work-on-delhi-metro-third-phase-to-commence-soon/49081

 

DMRC will use latest international technology in third phase

May 2, 2011, 09.10am IST

NEW DELHI: If you've been dreading the start of work on phase III of the Delhi Metro network with the resultant traffic snarls, here's a piece of good news. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will use the latest international technology in the third phase to save time and trouble during construction.

Said a DMRC spokesperson , "We will be using 25-metre-long girders on some of the elevated viaducts in phase III." These girders are considerably longer than those used in phase II, which were four to six metres long and took more time during construction. Added the spokesperson, "These girders are precast in the casting yards, brought to the site on trailers, and launched with the help of cranes which take less time than the conventional segmental launching technique involving the use of launching girders."

DMRC officials say the use of these girders will save time as well as minimize the inconvenience caused to people during the construction. Delhi Metro had used these 25-metre girders in the construction of the Airport Express corridor as well, which was completed in 27 months.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/images/pixel.gifSudhir Vohra, architect and urban planner, said that the move to an international technology is a much-awaited decision from the DMRC. Vohra , who has been at loggerheads with the Delhi Metro over the Zamrudpur Metro pillar collapse, added, "This should have been done five years ago… It's a good technology and DMRC is going the right way on this." The use of longer pre-cast pieces, with superior quality concrete is the basis of this technology, said Vohra.

DMRC officials said the traffic diversions and barricading on the roads will be for shorter durations with the use of the new technology. For the construction of longer spans, which will come up over traffic intersections, the 25-meter girders will rest on specially designed pier caps cantilevering towards the tracks on both the sides. "Custom designed concrete decks will be put on the top of these pier caps to bridge the gap between the 25-meter-long girders ," added the official.

For curing of the civil structures to enhance their strength and durability, "sophisticated curing compound coating" is being explored in keeping with international practices. High quality concrete will be used while parapets on elevated viaducts will be much sleeker and, therefore , easier to handle, added officials. Apart from this technique , DMRC will also use steel girders on spans measuring 40 to 50 metres. Such steel girders have been used earlier in Phase II and Phase 1 at various locations, the spokesperson said.

The phase III, which will see another 108km of the city getting connected with the Metro, has been cleared by the urban development ministry's empowered committee and the proposal is currently before the group of ministers (GoM

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-05-02/news/29496266_1_international-technology-dmrc-girders

Central Secretariat-Mandi House link work to begin in two months

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 18:32 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Delhi Metro's ambitious Phase-III project will begin in the next two months with the construction of Central Secretariat-Mandi House link, aimed at decongesting the over-crowded Rajiv Chowk station.

Contract for the 3.2-km link, which has already been approved by the Government, has been awarded to Pratibha-CSRG JV and the firm is expected to begin its work in the next two months.

While the civil work will cost Rs450 crore, total cost of the entire 3.2-km corridor is Rs800 crore that includes signalling and other works.

The small stretch is crucial for the Delhi Metro as it would drastically reduce the rush at Rajiv Chowk station, one of the most crowded on the Metro network with a footfall of over four lakh everyday.

Delhi Metro issued tenders for the project in November well before the Phase-III was cleared by the Urban Development Minister. It had sought permission from the Government to fast-track the project as it wanted to finish the line as early as possible, sources said.

"The Central Secretariat-Mandi House stretch will be the first to start in Phase-III. The contract has already been awarded. The work will start in another 1-2 months," Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan told reporters yesterday.

The 3.2-km underground stretch with two stations — Janpath and Mandi House — is likely to be completed in two years after the construction starts.

The new stations in Mandi House and Janpath will reduce pressure on the Rajiv Chowk station and will provide another station for commuters in the shopping hub of Connaught Place.

The small stretch is part of the Central Secretariat-Red Fort Standard Gauge line, but the Delhi Metro
wants the line to be completed till Mandi House first by 2014.

The Central Secretariat-Mandi House line, once completed, will be integrated with the Central Secretariat- Badarpur corridor, thus providing another link between East and South Delhi. This will ultimately be integrated with the Badarpur-Faridabad corridor as and when it is completed.

A new station will be built at Mandi House near the existing one. Delhi Metro also decided to have a station in Janpath to further decongest Rajiv Chowk station. The station will be located somewhere near the Eastern and Western courts.

The train will depart from Central Secretariat, travel through Raisina Road, Janpath and Tolstoy Marg before terminating at Mandi House.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_central-secretariat-mandi-house-link-work-to-begin-in-two-months_1539430

Airport Express Line to be extended up to Gurgaon: E Sreedharan

Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 22:00 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

High-speed Airport Express Line will be extended up to Gurgaon providing a faster link to the people of the capital to reach the satellite city, Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan said today.

The 14-km link connecting the Indira Gandhi Internrnational Airport with Gurgaon will be part of the Phase-III and is likely to be implemented through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.

It will provide a faster link for the capital's denizens to reach Gurgaon in just 35 minutes. Though a final decision has not been taken on who will execute the project, Sreedharan gave hints that the Reliance Infra-led consortium, which is operating the existing Airport Line, could be awarded the contract.

"The terms and conditions will be the same as the Airport Line. If they agree to it, then it will be fine. Otherwise, we have think of someone else," he said.

Sreedharan said the Delhi Metro's Phase-III will be extended to another 140 km in the National Capital Region connecting cities like Faridabad and some areas in Noida and Ghaziabad.

Besides the corridors in Delhi, the Badarpur-Faridabad link, connecting either Vaishali or Dilshad Garden with Ghaziabad and the Gurgaon-IGI Airport link will be taken up under the Phase-III.

The Faridabad project has been cleared by the Urban Development Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh Government is keen on extending the Metro to Ghaziabad. But, a decision on whether to extend from Dilshad Garden or Vaishali has to be taken, he said.

He said the Phase-III is currently with the Empowered Group of Ministers headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the nod is likely to come in the next two months.

However, the Delhi Metro has got approval for the small stretch connecting Central Secretariat with Mandi House and work on the line will start in the next 60 days, he said.

"This line is important to decongest the Rajiv Chowk station. So, we have already awarded the contract and work will start soon," he said.

The Metro chief said the Phase-III corridors can see trains running at an interval of 2 minutes as against the current 2.5 minutes.

He said the Phase-III corridors will also see 9-coach Metro trains, though initially they will have six-coach ones.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_airport-express-line-to-be-extended-up-to-gurgaon-e-sreedharan_1539096

 

Funding pattern for Delhi Metro Ph III spelt out

Rumu Banerjee, TNN |Apr 27, 2011, 06.16am IST

NEW DELHI: The wait for the third phase of Delhi Metro network, it seems, is over. Sources in the urban development ministry on Tuesday have confirmed that the empowered committee has cleared the project. While the Centre and the Delhi government will be contributing 35.74% of the project cost, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will, for the first time, also contribute for the development of the metro infrastructure. It plans to shell out Rs 1,500 crore for the third phase. With only the group of ministers (GoM) now set to give approval, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is moving fast to arrange the rest of the funding, said DMRC sources.

A technical team from the Japanese lending agency, JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency) visited DMRC offices on Tuesday for preliminary discussions. Said a DMRC spokesperson, "The team was very appreciative of the need and requirement of Metro phase III." Incidentally, the larger chunk of funding for the first two phases of Delhi Metro has come from JICA. While the recent natural disaster in Japan had put a question mark on the funding by the agency for the third phase, Tuesday's meeting with DMRC is being seen as a positive sign, said sources.

Said a senior official, "That the team came to the DMRC office and discussed the technical and financial details is a very positive sign." Sources said the team would now hold discussions with the ministry of urban development and thereafter with the Japanese government. "The discussions were very positive. The JICA team seemed very interested," added the source,

Meanwhile, the go-ahead by the empowered committee means that the decks have been cleared for DMRC to start work on the project. Sources in the urban development ministry said the empowered committee had not only cleared the third phase alignment but also spelt out the funding pattern. Now, the Centre and Delhi government will be contributing 35.74% of the total project cost, which is approximately Rs 12,597 crore. This is a little short of the 40% that had been agreed upon earlier.

The shortfall, said ministry sources, would be borne by DDA, which will contribute Rs 1,500 crore. Also, Rs 1,586 crore will come in from property development by DMRC. The rest of the project cost, estimated at over Rs 28,000 crore, will come as loans from JICA and other lending agencies like IFCL.

The empowered committee also approved the extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line to Faridabad. The extension, which is targeted to be completed by March 31, 2013, will go up till YMCA Chowk in Faridabad Badarpur. There will be nine stations on the elevated stretch, which will be 13.875km long. The cost of the project, estimated at Rs 2,533 crore, will be contributed by the government of Haryana (Rs 1,588.60 crore), government of India (Rs 544.60 crore) and DMRC (Rs 400 crore).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Funding-pattern-for-Delhi-Metro-Ph-III-spelt-out/articleshow/8093043.cms

 

Expect better trains in phase 3
Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 21, 2011

After effecting a major change in Delhi’s travel ethos, the Delhi Metro is widening its ambit, literally. Trains that will ply on new, proposed Metro lines — to be constructed under phase 3 — will be wider and longer, as compared to the existing ones. The Delhi Metro has decided to run six-coach trains on the 108-km phase 3 corridor, right from the start. The swanky coaches would have better carrying-capacity and improved comfort level.

Delhi Metro’s phase 3 is scheduled to be operational by 2016. All trains that will ply on the new corridors will be standard gauge trains. “These will have a width of 3.2 metres in place of the current 2.9 metres,” said a Metro official.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/220411/22_04_11-metro-3b.jpg

“This has been planned keeping in view increasing commuter traffic. The new trains will be able to accommodate more passengers,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Besides, the new trains will have broader gangways (the passage between two Metro coaches). “They have been planned to facilitate comfortable movement of passengers from one coach to another and to provide more space to commuters to stand in these areas,” said a Metro official.

“While a standard gauge six-coach train — in operation at present — can carry about 1,600 passengers, the new trains will be able to carry about 1,800 people,” said a DMRC official.

Dayal informed that the new trains will be designed keeping in mind better comfort of commuters. Each train will be fitted with digital information systems, noise control devices and improved air conditioning units, besides other new features.

“The Metro technology is constantly improving. We will apply all the latest technologies in the new trains, so that Metro travel becomes smoother and more comfortable,” said Dayal.

“We will try to address all the shortcomings that we have experienced during the last eight years,” Dayal added.

A recent survey conducted by DMRC indicates that after completion of phase 3 in 2016, the number of Metro commuters will be about 40 lakh per day — about 24 lakh more than the current figure.

Under the proposed expansion plan, Metro lines will be operational between Jahangirpuri and Badli, Central Secretariat and Kashmiri Gate, Mukundpur and Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri West and Kalindi Kunj.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Expect-better-trains-in-phase-3/Article1-688108.aspx

New Route To Price Rise

17 April 2011

Have you envied hose living close to Metro stations? Did you bemoan your lot when friends got excited about the spiralling prices of their properties in areas getting linked to the Metro?

Well, despair not, for Phase III of the Metro project could bring a station close to your home if you are a resident of Vasant Vihar, South Extension, Punjabi Bagh (West), Shalimar Bagh, Jasola and even IP Extension.

Spanning 108 km, one line will run parallel to the Ring Road and connect east Delhi with south and west Delhi, and the other will run alongside the Outer Ring Road connecting Noida with south and west Delhi. The first corridor will run from Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, the second from Jankapuri West to Noida's Botanical Garden and the third from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate. The network includes the extension of the Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri line up to Badli and of the Noida-Dwarka line up to Najafgarh.

Analysing the market, one can foresee maximum appreciation in an area after the announcement of a corridor, with smaller price movements during construction and operation stages.

The Metro has continued to push up prices in areas it has reached. In established locations such as Vasant Vihar, Lajpat Nagar and Patparganj, where realty prices have already peaked, a conservative 5% to 15% increase seems likely.

When it comes to posh areas, Anil G Makhijani of Mak Realtors Pvt Ltd says, though residents of Vasant Vihar might not use public transport, there will always be indirect benefits for their staff and workers who travel to the area. The area will see an increase of 5% in capital values over and above the year-on-year increase of 10%.

Rentals, too, would appreciate by 25%. Vasant Enclave and DDA houses in Munirka area will also benefit, with rentals likely to appreciate by 50% and capital values by 25%.

Prices are also likely to go up in areas that were earlier located three to five kilometers away from the Metro route but are now getting new stations. Shalimar Bagh, (expected to be an interchange station in the third phase) is likely to see prices rise by 5% to 10% by May end, says Sunil K Arora of Meher Estates. Its nearest Metro link at present is the Netaji Subash Place station. The third phase is also going to be a very important link as it will practically cover 75% of the Ring Road and go a long way in taking the traffic load off the stretch.

However, areas that are relatively new and are still witnessing growth and development will see maximum appreciation. The Noida Authority has plans to extend the Metro to Greater Noida Metro construction will prompt several developers to put their projects on the fast track in the area. This will lead to at least 30% improvement in prices in the long term, says Arvind Singh, director, Lord Krishna Real Infra P Ltd Virgin areas are expected to benefit more than other areas. The mere announcement of an international airport near Mumbai led to a 15% price rise in one week in areas close by, adds Abhishek Kiran Gupta of Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj.

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HD/2011/04/16/ArticleHtmls/New-route-to-price-rise-16042011223008.shtml?Mode=1

The new line, which starts from Janakpuri (west) will also help commuters coming from west Delhi connect straight to the domestic airport. The Janakpuri (west) station is already on the Dwarka sector 21-Noida/Anand Vihar line.

The good news is that the new Janakpuri-Botanical Garden line would provide not only greater yet shorter connectivity to the domestic airport, but also could prove to be an alternative to the existing Airport Express metro line. The Airport Express, which right now connects to the IGI international airport, starts from the New Delhi railway station. The inaugural fare is Rs 80 for the journey from New Delhi railway station to IGI airport, with those headed for the domestic airport taking a shuttle from the IGI. However, travel on the new Delhi metro line will be at the same rate as the rest of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) network.

Said a senior government official, "The idea to connect to the domestic airport was to provide a link which is not available at present. The line will also have a station at Palam village."

For those looking to get to the domestic airport from west or south Delhi though, the new metro line could prove extremely useful, especially as it does away with the necessity of going through the Rajiv Chowk interchange station. Travel time is expected to be cut substantially for those coming from these areas, as now, in the third phase, the two interchange stations at Hauz Khas and Kalkaji would provide direct connections to the domestic airport. While there is still some time before the line comes up – government sources say the third phase should be completed over the next five years, the direct connectivity is bound to be good news for the city. Connection from the IGI international airport to the domestic one is through shuttles at present.

Incidentally, the Airport Express metro line only has four stations open – New Delhi railway station, Shivaji Stadium, IGI Airport and Dwarka sector 21. The other two stations – Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aerocity – are expected to become operational shortly.

The stations on the line include Janakpuri (west), Dabri Mor, Dhasrath Puri, Palam, IGI domestic airport, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, IIT, Hauz Khas (part of Jehangirpuri-HUDA City Centre line 2), Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, GK Enclave, Nehru Place, Kalkaji (part of Cnetral Secretariat-Badarpur line 6), Okhla phase III, Ishwar Nagar, Jamia Nagar, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar, Kalindi Kunj, Amity Noida and Botanical Garden.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-18/delhi/29443202_1_domestic-airport-igi-airport-new-delhi-railway-station

मेट्रो थर्ड फेज : एयरपोर्ट जाने का शॉर्टकट
12 Apr 2011, 0010 hrs IST,नवभारत टाइम्स 

गुलशन राय खत्री ॥ नई दिल्ली
दक्षिण दिल्ली और नोएडा में रहने वालों को एयरपोर्ट और पश्चिमी दिल्ली तक जाने के लिए न तो राजीव चौक जाना पड़ेगा और न ही नई दिल्ली रेलवे स्टेशन। ऐसे लोग बिना मेट्रो लाइनें बदले सीधे मेट्रो पकड़कर न सिर्फ घरेलू हवाई अड्डे पर पहुंच सकेंगे बल्कि वे डाबड़ी होते हुए जनकपुरी तक भी जा सकेंगे। यह संभव होगा तीसरे फेज की जनकपुरी (वेस्ट) से कालिंदी कुंज-नोएडा लाइन की बदौलत। 34 किमी लंबी इस लाइन के निर्माण पर लगभग 9 हजार करोड़ रुपये का खर्च आने की उम्मीद है।

दिल्ली सरकार ने सोमवार को इस लाइन को अपनी मंजूरी दी है। दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन के सूत्रों का कहना है कि इस लाइन के बनने से पश्चिमी दिल्ली सीधे दक्षिण दिल्ली से जुड़ जाएगी। जिसका फायदा बड़ी तादाद में लोगों को होगा। अब तक पश्चिमी दिल्ली जाने के लिए दक्षिण दिल्ली के लोगों को केंद्रीय सचिवालय-राजीव चौक पहुंचकर वहां से ब्लूलाइन मेट्रो के जरिए जनकपुरी तक जाना होता है। इसी तरह एयरपोर्ट जाने के लिए इन पैसेंजरों को राजीव चौक होते हुए नई दिल्ली स्टेशन पहुंचकर वहां से एयरपोर्ट एक्सप्रेस लाइन पर सफर करना होता है। इसमें पैसा और वक्त दोनों ज्यादा लगते हैं। नई लाइन के बनने से पश्चिमी और दक्षिण दिल्ली दोनों ही एयरपोर्ट से जुड़ जाएंगी।

दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन का कहना है कि जनकपुरी वेस्ट से नोएडा के लिए जो लाइन प्रस्तावित की गई है। उसमें से कालिंदी कुंज तक की लाइन का खर्च तो दिल्ली व केंद्र सरकार उठाएंगे जबकि कालिंदी कुंज से नोएडा के बटैनिकल गार्डन तक बनने वाली लाइन का खर्च नोएडा अथॉरिटी उठाएगी। लेकिन इसका फायदा यह होगा कि नोएडा अब दोनों तरफ से दिल्ली से जुड़ जाएगा। दिल्ली मेट्रो का कहना है कि इस लाइन की खासियत यह भी है कि इसे घरेलू एयरपोर्ट से जोड़ा जाएगा यानी दक्षिण और पश्चिम दिल्ली के लोगों के लिए एयरपोर्ट जाने का एक और शार्टकट होगा। वैसे मेट्रो ने यह भी साफ किया है कि घरेलू एयरपोर्ट का यह स्टेशन, एयरपोर्ट के मौजूदा स्टेशन से अलग होगा।

दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन के डायरेक्टर मंगू सिंह के मुताबिक जनकपुरी वेस्ट से जो लाइन प्रस्तावित की गई है, वह जनकपुरी से कालिंदी कुंज जाएगी। कालिंदी कुंज से उसे नोएडा बटैनिकल गार्डन से जोड़ा जाएगा। मेट्रो का कहना है कि इस लाइन पर कुल 22 स्टेशन होंगे, इनमें से 12 स्टेशन अंडरग्राउंड बनाए जाएंगे। यानी यह लाइन जनकपुरी में एलिवेटिड रहेगी लेकिन पालम पहुंचकर यह अंडरग्राउंड हो जाएगी। इसके बाद यह लाइन कालकाजी तक अंडरग्राउंड ही होगी। इस तरह से एयरपोर्ट का मेट्रो स्टेशन भी अंडरग्राउंड ही होगा।

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/7951853.cms

Metro feels Japan tremors

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 15, 2011

Delhi Metro’s expansion plans seem to be in Japan quake trouble. The Delhi government has cleared the proposal to build 108km in Phase 3, but is not sure how to fund the Rs 30,000-crore project. It was counting on soft loans from Japanese banks, but last month’s 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami t

hat ravaged Japan’s northeast have upset the plan. Japanese estimates put the losses at more than $300bn (Rs 13.5 trillion).

The government was expecting to get 40%-50% of the project cost from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as soft loan, said sources. JICA has been a major source of funds for earlier phases.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit said she would discuss funding avenues in a meeting of the group of ministers (GoM).

“They (JICA) have neither confirmed nor denied yet. We are not sure if we are going to get money from them. The funding pattern will have to be discussed in GoM,” Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said.

In Phase 3, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) plans three new lines and expansion of two corridors. After giving its go-ahead, the Delhi cabinet has sent the proposal to the GoM for approval.

While JICA officials in Delhi were unsure of their government’s plans, the DMRC said it was for the government to decide the funding pattern. “The Union and the Delhi government can’t fund the plan on their own. We’ll have to explore various avenues to get money,” said Dikshit.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Metro-feels-Japan-tremors/Article1-685406.aspx

5 Metro Phase-III routes get Cabinet nod

Posted: Tue Apr 12 2011, 01:19 hrs New Delhi:

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved five new Metro corridors as part of Phase-III, which will extend the existing Metro network by another 108 km. The Phase-III proposal now needs a final nod from the Group of Ministers (GoM), following which funds from the Centre as well as state governments will be released.

The corridors approved by the Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, include two new lines and extensions of three existing lines. The two new corridors run from Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri (West) to Noida Botanical Garden. The three other routes approved are extensions of existing routes — Badarpur-Central Secretariat will go up to Kashmere Gate, HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri to Badli and the Dwarka corridor to Najafgarh.

The Mukundpur corridor will run through Rajouri Garden, Dhaula Kuan, Naraina, Anand Vihar and Yamuna Vihar, covering 35 stations in its 56-km length. The Janakpuri (West) corridor will run through Munirka, Kalkaji, Jamia, Kalindi Kunj and terminate at Botanical Garden Noida. It will have 22 stations on its 34-km run.

The Central Secretariat to Badapur line will be extended up to Kashmere Gate with seven stations and a route length of around 10 km. The HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri corridor will go up to Badli with three new stations and a route of length of around 5 km. The Dwarka line will link Najafgarh with an extension of 5 km on the existing route.

The Phase-III will add 67 stations to the existing network. Of the 108-km route, around 41 km will be underground and the rest will be elevated. The estimated cost of Phase-III is expected to be over Rs 30,000 crore, including taxes and duties. Of this, the Centre allocated Rs 1,300 crore in the Union Budget and Rs 708 crore was allocated by the Delhi government in its Budget.

“We are really keen on extending the coverage of Delhi Metro in the Capital as its service has been reliable, fast, pollution-free and hassle-free. With completion of Phase-III, it is expected, that the entire Ring Road will be connected with Metro service,” Dikshit said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/5-metro-phaseiii-routes-get-cabinet-nod/774917/0

 

31 March 2011

This is how Metro is coming to your doorstep

103Km Of New Tracks Will Connect Most Parts Of Capital

New Delhi: If you live in Panchsheel Park, Vasant Vihar, RK Puram, Shalimar Bagh, South Extension, Sarojini Nagar or IP Extension and have been waiting for the Delhi Metro to come to your doorstep, here’s some good news. The detailed project report (DPR) of Phase III of Metro network, submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to Delhi government, has been finalized. It covers 103.05km of the city, with over 70 stations dotting the alignment. From Mukundpur in north Delhi to Azad Nagar and Yamuna Vihar in east Delhi, and from Punjabi Bagh (west) in west Delhi to Panchsheel Park and Jasola in south Delhi, the alignment interconnects the city forming two rings around it.

    Transport minister Arvinder Singh says, “The DPR will be sent to the Centre soon. We have added another corridor to the existing alignment, and that is from Dwarka Morh to Najafgarh. DMRC has been asked to prepare the detailed project report for this corridorl.” The corridors that have been drawn up in the present DPR are final, says Singh.
According to the minister, the primary criterion for the third phase of Delhi Metro was connection to the large tracts of the city in the west and east that had been left out in the two previous Metro phases. South
Delhi also needed better connectivity. “The alignment is quite long, perhaps one of the longest in Delhi but it addresses the transport needs of a large section of the capital,” adds Singh. It also provides a link to the domestic airport, an alternative to the present Airport Express Metro line.
The present alignment has four major corridors — one from Mukundpur to Rajouri Garden via Dhaula Kuan and

all the way to Anand Vihar and thereafter, Yamuna Vihar via Azad Nagar in east Delhi. This corridor, which is the longest in the third phase, is 55.69km in length and has 10 interchange stations on the way. It covers a large demography, from the far-flung localities in Mukundpur and Shalimar Bagh to Moti Nagar and Nariana, ultimately connecting it to the business district of Bhikaji Cama Place and commercial hubs such as South Extension and Lajpat Nagar. From here, the line twists towards Hazrat Nizamuddin and then on to Mayur Vihar. Here, it goes through the congested colonies of Trilokpuri and Vinod Nagar before winding to the middle-class IP Extension. The line then again takes a turn and moves towards Anand Vihar, Jagatpuri, Azad Nagar, and on to Welcome, Jaffrabad and Maujpur to end in Yamuna Vihar.
The second corridor, mean
while, measuring 33.49km, encircles all the major south Delhi localities. Starting from Janakpuri West, an interchange station, it goes through Dabri Morh, Palam and stops at Indira Gandhi domestic airport. Thereafter, it goes on to Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, IIT and Panchsheel Park before connecting Chirag Delhi, GK Enclave and Kalkaji to Okhla, Jamia Nagar, Jasola and Kalindi Kunj. The line finally stops at Botanical Garden (part of line 3: Dwarka sector 21 to Noida City Centre) after a station at Amity Noida.
The shortest alignment is perhaps the Jehangirpuri-Badli line at 4.48km in the third phase. The stations on the way include Badli, Rohini Sector 18 and Jehangirpuri in the present DPR, which then connects to Adarsh Nagar station on line 2 (HUDA City Centre-Jehangirpuri).
While the majority of the alignment is elevated as per the present DPR, several parts run underground. The Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor is completely underground. Of the 103.05km, around 41km is underground.

    According to Singh, work on the third phase is expected to start soon. Singh said, “Part of the funds have already been released by both the Centre and Delhi government. As the work continues, more funds will be made available.” As per the funding pattern drawn up by planning commission, part of the funds will be raised from international agencies while around 50% will be put up by the Centre and the Delhi government for the third phase. Singh says that funds are not a problem. “Like the first two phases, the third phase, too, will be funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). We have received positive response from them,” he adds. However, no formal agreements have been signed yet, admits Singh.

 

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Delhi govt to give Rs 1,071 cr for metro's expansion

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 23, 2011

The Delhi metro might just get the boost it is looking for. On Tuesday, the Delhi government proposed an increased allocation of R1,071 crore for the network's Phase 3 expansion. The proposed allocation is much higher than R580 crore given to it by the Union Budget on February 28.  "Alt

hough there is always the provision of modifications in the actual allocation, this proposal is a positive sign. We are waiting for the details," said Mangu Singh, director (works), DMRC.

"A total allocation of R1,651 crore has been proposed for the current fiscal by both the governments even before the official go-ahead has been given to the project. Once it gets official clearance, we will immediately start the work," said a source.

Delhi Metro had submitted a complete DPR to the state government early this month and also made a presentation to the Planning Commission last month. The corporation, however, is yet to receive any official go-ahead from any of the governments.

According to Singh, "Budgetary allocations by both Union and state governments clearly indicate in-principal approvals." Each government is supposed to share 40% of the total project cost of R32,000 crore, while 20% would be taken as loan from outside.

The DMRC would initiate the tendering process within a couple of months, said a senior official. However, it might take five to six months to start the physical work, he said.

The project work for Phase 3 is scheduled to be completed by March 2016, and will bring the total length of metro network to 390km.

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Differences over rout alignment delay Phase-III

Rumu Banerjee, TNN, Mar 20, 2011, 03.52am IST

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NEW DELHI: Phase III of Delhi Metro network, covering 105km, may be one of the most anticipated infrastructure projects after the Commonwealth Games, as it promises to connect every part of the city. Yet, lack of consensus between the Delhi government and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) over alignment of the network seems to be holding up the project.

While DMRC officials say though the final detailed project report (DPR) was sent to the Delhi government in the beginning of February it is yet to be passed on to the Centre for approval. The reason is that the government and DMRC disagree over parts of the line alignment. "The current DPR has incorporated about 70% of the suggestions that the government had made regarding the alignment. There are some major issues that still need to be ironed out," said a senior official. This includes the absence of a corridor till Najafgarh as well as the suggestion to extend the alignment along the Outer Ring Road. "The DPR says the line covers only a part of Outer Ring Road. The government has asked the DMRC to extend it till Badli," said the official.

Sources say DMRC, on the other hand, is keen to incorporate these corridors in the second part of the project. "The project will take five years to complete. The extension of the line to Najafgarh and Outer Ring Road can be part of the second phase of the project… the present ridership doesn't justify the extension," said a source.

The government wants the extension to be done in the first part of the project, said sources. "The contention is that the area will develop considerably by the time the Metro reaches these areas," added the official. The city government has planned several infrastructure projects, including the setting up a knowledge park and thousands of EWS housing, in Najafgarh area. "Bawana and surrounding areas, including Najafgarh, are industrial hubs and would need connectivity through Metro to the airport," said an official.

Incidentally, the alignment of phase III network was extended from the original 70km to 105km after suggestions by the government were incorporated some months ago. However, the DPR has been lying with the Delhi government for almost a month. Government sources claim that the delay in sending the DPR to the Centre will not be an impediment in the project implementation.

"DMRC has already approached the Planning Commission with the DPR for funding. The project can be started as soon as the funds are made available, and the extension to Najafgarh can be done as the project gets started," said a senior official. Sources in DMRC say the corporation would seek funds only after the Centre gives the formal approval.

Asked if funding was an issue, Delhi government and DMRC said the project would go on with funding from the state and Central governments. "The project can start with the funding coming from the government. Thereafter, other funding agencies, including JICA, can be approached," said an official.

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Delhi Metro Phase-III proposed to be taken up in 2011-12

Published on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 17:58   |  Updated at Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 18:02   |  Source : PTI

The construction of Delhi Metro's Phase-III, which envisages adding another 104 kms to the network in Delhi, is proposed to be taken up in 2011-12, the government announced today and alloted Rs 1351 crore as budgetary support for it.

With the Phase-II, that brought the Metro network in Delhi to about 200 kms, almost nearing its completion, the Government announced plans for the Phase-III for which the Delhi Metro has already prepared detailed project reports.

"In 2011-12, Delhi Metro Phase-III and Mumbai Metro Line III are proposed to be taken up," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in his budget speech in Lok Sabha.

While the Centre will infuse Rs 452.2 crore as equity to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which it jointly owns with the Delhi Government, it will provide Rs 101.28 crore as grants.

Mukherjee also proposed allotment of Rs 1,351.

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बजट ने खत्म की मेट्रो की टेंशन
1 Mar 2011, 0400 hrs IST,नवभारत टाइम्स 

गुलशन राय खत्री ॥ नई दिल्ली
प्रणव दा के बजट को लेकर भले ही कुछ लोग संतुष्ट और कुछ नाराज रहे हों, लेकिन इस बजट ने दिल्ली में मेट्रो के त

 

ीसरे फेज और फरीदाबाद की मेट्रो लाइन की राह आसान कर दी है। हालांकि अभी तीसरे फेज को केंद्र सरकार की औपचारिक मंजूरी का इंतजार किया जा रहा है, लेकिन इस बजट में चूंकि तीसरे फेज के लिए सरकार ने पैसे का प्रावधान कर दिया है। ऐसे में यह साफ हो गया है कि इसी वित्तीय साल में तीसरे फेज की लाइनों का निर्माण कार्य शुरू हो जाएगा। इसी तरह फरीदाबाद मेट्रो के लिए भी राशि का प्रावधान किया गया है। ऐसे में यह लगभग तय हो गया है कि इसी वित्तीय साल में फरीदाबाद मेट्रो लाइन के लिए भी निर्माण कार्य प्रारंभ हो सकता है।

संसद में सोमवार को पेश किए गए आम बजट में दिल्ली मेट्रो के लिए 1451 करोड़ रुपये का प्रावधान किया गया है। इसमें से 771 करोड़ रुपये तो दिल्ली मेट्रो के दूसरे फेज की बकाया राशि का है, जबकि 580 करोड़ रुपये तीसरे फेज के लिए रखा गया है।

दरअसल, अब तक तीसरे फेज को केंद्र सरकार की ओर से अभी औपचारिक मंजूरी नहीं मिली है। दिल्ली सरकार तीसरे फेज की कुछ लाइनों को पहले ही अपनी मंजूरी दे चुकी है लेकिन इक्विटी के रूप में मेट्रो लाइनों के निर्माण के लिए दिल्ली सरकार ने अब तक रकम का इंतजाम करने के बारे में चुप्पी साध रखी है।

दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन के सूत्रों का भी कहना है कि बजट घोषणा के बाद अब कम से कम एक मेट्रो रेल लाइन के टेंडर तो जल्द ही फाइनल कर दिए जाएंगे। केंद्र सरकार की ओर से न तो इस लाइन को औपचारिक मंजूरी मिली थी और न ही इस लाइन के खर्च के बारे में सरकार की ओर से मंजूरी दी गई थी। ऐसे में दिल्ली मेट्रो फूंक-फूंक कर कदम रख रही थी। यही वजह है कि अब तक टेंडर भी फाइनल नहीं किए गए थे। मेट्रो सूत्रों का कहना है कि केंद्र के इस कदम से अब यह भी उम्मीद की जा रही है कि दिल्ली सरकार भी तीसरे फेज के लिए इसी बजट में कुछ रकम का प्रावधान करेगी।

फरीदाबाद की राह आसान होने के संकेत
विस॥ नई दिल्ली : दिल्ली मेट्रो की बदरपुर से फरीदाबाद तक जाने वाली मेट्रो रेल लाइन के लिए भी केंद्र सरकार ने लगभग 100 करोड़ रुपये का प्रावधान किया है। इससे साफ संकेत हैं कि केंद्र सरकार भी इस लाइन को इसी फेज में बनाने के लिए तैयार है। हालांकि इस लाइन के लिए ज्यादा रकम का इंतजाम हरियाणा सरकार को करना होगा और हरियाणा सरकार पहले ही यह संकेत देती रही है कि वह फरीदाबाद लाइन के लिए रकम की समस्या को आड़े नहीं आने देगी। अगर जानकारों की मानें तो इसी वित्तीय साल में फरीदाबाद लाइन का निर्माण कार्य शुरू हो सकता है। हालांकि एक सौ करोड़ रुपये की रकम बेहद कम है लेकिन अगर हरियाणा सरकार अपने हिस्से की राशि का 25 फीसदी भी जारी कर देती है तो उससे एक साल में होने वाले निर्माण कार्य की शुरुआत तो हो ही सकती है।

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मेट्रो लाएगी नोएडा का नया शॉर्टकट
22 Feb 2011, 0002 hrs IST 

यूपी सरकार अगर अपने वादे पर अडिग रही तो नोएडा मेट्रो के तीसरे फेज में ही न सिर्फ दक्षिण दिल्ली , बल्कि एक नए रूट से होते हुए पश्चिमी दिल्ली से भी जुड़ जाएगा। यूपी सरकार ने दिल्ली मेट्रो को नोएडा की सीमा के भीतर तीन किमी की लाइन बनाने के लिए अपनी सैद्धांतिक मंजूरी दे दी है। अगर यूपी सरकार फाइनल मंजूरी भी दे देती है , तो नोएडा और दक्षिण दिल्ली आने – जाने वालों को एक नया शॉर्टकट मिल जाएगा। दरअसल , दिल्ली मेट्रो ने जनकपुरी ( वेस्ट ) को कालिंदी कुंज से जोड़ने के लिए लाइन बनाने की प्लानिंग पहले से ही कर ली है। अगर कालिंदी कुंज से तीन किमी की लाइन बनती है , तो नोएडा भी इससे जुड़ जाएगा। इस तरह से यह तीन किमी का हिस्सा दिल्ली मेट्रो के तीसरे फेज के 103 किमी से अलग होगा।

दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन के डायरेक्टर ( वर्क्स ) मंगू सिंह का कहना है कि अगर यूपी सरकार ने फाइनल मंजूरी भी दे दी तो कालिंदी कुंज – नोएडा का बटैनिकल गार्डन स्टेशन इसी फेज में ही जुड़ जाएगा। उनका कहना है कि यूपी सरकार से इस बारे में शुरुआती बातचीत हुई है और यूपी सरकार ने सैद्धांतिक रूप में इस लाइन को बनाने के लिए अपनी मंजूरी दी है। अगर ऐसा हो जाता है तो यह नई लाइन बनने का सबसे ज्यादा फायदा दक्षिण दिल्ली से नोएडा आने – जाने वालों को होगा। यही नहीं , नोएडा कुछ और नए इलाकों से भी जुड़ जाएगा।

अभी नोएडा तक द्वारका से आने वाली मेट्रो लाइन ही जाती है। इस तरह से अगर दक्षिण दिल्ली के लोगों को नोएडा आना – जाना हो तो उन्हें राजीव चौक पर अपनी लाइन बदलनी पड़ती है। अगर बदरपुर और कालकाजी इलाके के लोगों को नोएडा जाना हो तो उन्हें पहले केंद्रीय सचिवालय और फिर राजीव चौक पर मेट्रो ट्रेन बदलनी पड़ती है। उन्हें सबसे बड़ी राहत यह मिलेगी कि उन्हें न सिर्फ बार – बार ट्रेन बदलने के झंझट से छुटकारा मिलेगा , बल्कि एक शॉर्टकट भी मिल जाएगा। इसी तरह उन्हें पश्चिमी दिल्ली से जुड़ेकुछ इलाकों तक जाने के लिए नई दिल्ली और पंचकुईयां रोड आदि होकर लंबा रास्ता तय नहीं करना पड़ेगा।

दिल्ली मेट्रो के सूत्रों का कहना है कि इस लाइन पर कम से कम दो इंटरचेंज स्टेशन तो होंगे ही। इनमें एक कालकाजी स्टेशन होगा और दूसरा हौज खास। इस तरह से नोएडा और पश्चिमी दिल्ली के लोगों को ये दो इंटरचेंज स्टेशनों के जरिए नया रूट भी मिल जाएगा। हालांकि , यह लाइन नोएडा के बटैनिकल गार्डन को जोड़ेगी , लेकिन यह जोड़ ऐसा होगा कि नोएडा लाइन के जरिए पैसेंजर आगे भी आ – जा सकेंगे।

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/delhiarticleshow/7541792.cms

थर्ड फेज की चार लाइनें
20 Feb 2011, 0001 hrs IST

गुलशन राय खत्री ॥ 

 

नई दिल्ली

दिल्ली मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन ने तीसरे फेज के लिए फाइनल प्रस्ताव में चार मेट्रो लाइनों को फाइन किया है। प्रस्ताव तैयार करते वक्त मेट्रो ने दिल्ली सरकार के ट्रांसपोर्ट विभाग की ओर से दिए गए कुछ सुझावों को भी शामिल किया है। तीसरे फेज में चार मेट्रो लाइनें ही बनाई जाएंगी। इन चार लाइनों में से दो बिल्कुल नई लाइनें होंगी , जबकि बाकी दो लाइनें , पुरानी लाइनों का एक्सटेंशन होंगी। तीसरे फेज की इस नई डिटेल प्रोजेक्ट रिपोर्ट में मेट्रो ने अपनी पुराने प्रस्ताव की दो लाइनों को भी ड्रॉप किया है।

दिल्ली मेट्रो के तीसरे फेज के इस नए प्रस्ताव को केंद्रीय शहरी विकास मंत्रालय को दिया गया है और इस मसले पर मंत्रालय और दिल्ली मेट्रो के अधिकारियों के बीच एक बैठक भी हो चुकी है। उम्मीद है कि जल्द ही इस पर एक और बैठक होगी। इसके बाद यह प्रस्ताव ग्रुप ऑफ मिनिस्टर्स के पास भेजा जा सकता है।

तीसरे फेज में अब जो चार लाइनें रखी गई हैं , उनमें मुकुंदपुर से लेकर धौलाकुआं और सराय काले खां , आनंद विहार और वेलकम होते हुए शिव विहार तक की लाइन शामिल है। पिछले प्रस्ताव में यही लाइन दो हिस्सों में थी जबकि इन दो लाइनों के बीच में लगभग 8.3 किमी हिस्से में मेट्रो लाइन बनाने का प्रस्ताव नहीं था। अब नए प्रस्ताव में दो लाइनों को जोड़ दिया गया है और 8.3 किमी के हिस्से को इस लाइन में शामिल कर लिया गया है। अगर इसे केंद्र और दिल्ली सरकार अपनी मंजूरी देती है तो यह अब तक की सबसे लंबी मेट्रो रेल लाइन होगी। इसके अलावा जनकपुरी ( पश्चिम ) से कालिंदी कुंज , केंद्रीय सचिवालय से कश्मीरी गेट और जहांगीरपुरी से बादली की लाइन को शामिल किया गया है। इन चारों लाइनों की कुल लंबाई 103 किमी होगी और माना जा रहा है कि इन लाइनों पर कुल खर्च 28 से 31 हजार करोड़ रुपये तक आएगा। अगर सरकार इस प्रस्ताव को मान लेती है तो दिल्ली मेट्रो का इरादा है कि इन चारों लाइनों को पांच साल के तीसरे चरण में तैयार कर लिया जाएगा।

इस तरह से दिल्ली मेट्रो ने राजौरी गार्डन – धौलाकुआं को कनेक्ट करने के ट्रांसपोर्ट विभाग के प्रस्ताव को इस फेज में शामिल किया है। इसी तरह जनकपुरी – कालिंदी कुंज का प्रस्ताव भी ट्रांसपोर्ट विभाग का ही था लेकिन मेट्रो ने दिल्ली सरकार के शास्त्री पार्क – यमुना बैंक लाइन के प्रस्ताव को शामिल नहीं किया है। माना जा रहा है कि ट्रांसपोर्ट मंत्री अरविंदर सिंह लवली इस लाइन को बनाने के पक्ष में थे लेकिन अब इस लाइन को शामिल नहीं किया गया। इसी तरह ट्रांसपोर्ट विभाग चाहता था कि केंद्रीय सचिवालय की लाइन को आईटीओ तक ही सीमित रखा जाए लेकिन इस लाइन को मेट्रो ने लालकिला से बढ़ाकर कश्मीरी गेट तक करने की योजना बनाई है।

इसके अलावा दिल्ली मेट्रो ने पिछली योजना में शामिल दो लाइनों को भी ड्रॉप किया है। इनमें से एक लाइन मालवीय नगर से कालिंदी कुंज और दूसरी अशोक पार्क से दिल्ली गेट की लाइन है। इन दोनों ही लाइनों पर ट्रांसपोर्ट विभाग ने आपत्ति की थी। दिल्ली मेट्रो के सूत्रों का कहना है कि अभी तीसरे फेज की लाइनों के लिए फाइनेंस मॉडल फाइनल नहीं हुआ है। उनका कहना है कि पहले दो फेज की तरह तीसरे फेज के लिए भी जापान बैंक ने लोन देने के लिए अपनी ओर से सकारात्मक संदेश दिया है लेकिन अभी उसे इस बारे में कोई प्रस्ताव नहीं भेजा गया है। इसकी वजह यह है कि इस मसले पर केंद्र और दिल्ली सरकार को फैसला करना है। दिल्ली सरकार पहले से ही यह कहती आ रही है कि मेट्रो निर्माण के लिए डीडीए पैसा दे लेकिन डीडीए अब तक पैसा देने के लिए तैयार नहीं हुआ है।

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/delhiarticleshow/7529812.cms

 

फेज थ्री में यमुना बैंक से शास्त्री पार्क चलेगी मेट्रो

Source: bhaskar news   |   Last Updated 00:50(16/02/11)

नई दिल्ली.दिल्ली मेट्रो प्रबंधन अब फेज थ्री योजना में यमुना बैंक स्टेशन से शास्त्री पार्क को जोड़ने जा रहा है। इससे सबसे ज्यादा फायदा दिलशाद गार्डन रूट पर चलने वालों को होगा।

मेट्रो प्रबंधन ने सरकार की सिफारशों को मानकर फेज थ्री की डिटेल प्रोजेक्ट रिपोर्ट (डीपीआर) तैयार कर ली है। आने वाले चंद दिनों में प्रबंधन डीपीआर को औपचारिक रूप से सरकार को सौंप देगा।

फेज थ्री की डीपीआर में प्रबंधन ने बड़े पैमाने पर दिल्ली के सभी इलाकों तक मेट्रो को पहुंचाया है। इससे दिल्ली वालों को एक स्थान से दूसरे स्थान तक पहुचने में घंटों के बजाए चंद मिनट ही लगा करेंगे।

तैयार डीपीआर में यमुना बैंक स्टेशन को शास्त्री पार्क से जोड़ा गया है। इस लाइन के बनने से सबसे ज्यादा फायदा दिलशाद गार्डन रूट पर चलने वालों का होगा।

अभी नोएडा या लक्ष्मी नगर से दिलशाद गार्डन जाने या आने के लिए राजीव चौक स्टेशन से गाड़ी बदलकर आगे का रास्ता तय करना पड़ता है। इससे समय और पैसा दोनों की ही बरबादी होती है।

वहीं सड़क मार्ग से यात्री कुछ ही देर में दिलशाद गार्डन पहुंच जाते हैं। डीपीआर में पहले धौला कुआं से आनंद विहार का रूट बनाया था। बाद में दिल्ली के परिवहन विभाग ने इस रूट को राजौरी गार्डन तक बढ़ाने का मशविरा मेट्रो प्रबंधन को दिया था।

इसके अलावा, परिवहन अफसरों की सलाह पर प्रबंधन ने नोएडा से जनकपुरी तक भी कॉरिडोर का खाका खींचा है। दिल्ली सरकार की बवाना से जामिया को जोड़ने की सलाह को भी डीपीआर में माना गया है।

मेट्रो प्रबंधन के अनुसार डीपीआर तैयार हो चुकी है। फिलहाल, रिपोर्ट की बाइंडिंग और दूसरे छोटे-छोटे काम को पूरा किया जा रहा है। चंद दिनों में ही रिपोर्ट सरकार को औपचारिक रूप से सौंप दी जाएगी।

http://www.bhaskar.com/article/del-phase-three-metro-will-run-from-yamuna-bank-to-shastri-park-1853542.html

अब लाल किले तक भी पहुंचेगी मेट्रो
12 Oct 2010, 1001 hrs IST,नवभारत टाइम्स 

नई दिल्ली।। अगर दिल्ली मेट्रो के तीसरे फेज को लागू कर दिया गया तो अगले पांच साल में दिल्ली में मेट्रो पैसेंजरों की मूवमेंट पूरी तरह से बदल जाएगी। तीसरे फेज की छह लाइनें बन जाने से न सिर्फ 15 नए इंटरचेंज पॉइंट बन जाएंगे बल्कि मेट्रो के नक्शे पर कई और ऐसी कॉलोनियां भी आ जाएंगी , जहां तक अभी मेट्रो के जरिए पहुंचना नामुमकिन होता है। इंटरचेंज पॉइंट बढ़ने से सबसे बड़ा फायदा यह होगा कि कई इलाकों तक मेट्रो से जाने के लिए पैसेंजरों को लंबा सफर नहीं करना पड़ेगा और वे छोटे रास्ते से ही अपने डेस्टिनेशन तक पहुंच सकेंगे। जाहिर है कि इसका असर सड़कों के ट्रैफिक पर भी पड़ेगा। तीसरे फेज में 50 नए स्टेशन बनेंगे।

माना जा रहा है कि तीसरा फेज पूरा होने के बाद 2016 में दिल्ली मेट्रो में रोजाना सफर करने वालों की तादाद 43,31,248 हो जाएगी। मेट्रो ने जो प्लानिंग की है , उसके मुताबिक तीसरे फेज में स्टेशनों के बीच की दूरी लगभग एक से लेकर सवा किमी के बीच होगी। तीसरे फेज की लाइनों के लिए दिल्ली मेट्रो को मुकुंदपुर , मयूर विहार और कालिंदी कुंज में नए डिपो बनाने होंगे। इस फेज के बाद दिल्ली में मेट्रो के पैसेंजरों को कई शॉर्ट कट भी मिल जाएंगे , जिससे मेट्रो में उनका सफर छोटा हो जाएगा।

सबसे लंबी लाइन
दिल्ली मेट्रो ने जिन छह लाइनों की तैयारी की है , उनमें से चार लाइनें तो बिल्कुल नई हैं जबकि दो लाइनों का विस्तार किया जाएगा। तीसरे फेज में दिल्ली मेट्रो की सबसे लंबी लाइन आनंद विहार – धौला कुआं हो जाएगी। लगभग 26 किमी लंबी इस लाइन के बनने के बाद त्रिलोकपुरी , आईपी एक्सटेंशन , निजामुद्दीन , आश्रम , श्रीनिवास पुरी , भीकाजीकामा प्लेस और धौला कुआं जैसे इलाके भी मेट्रो लाइन से जुड़ जाएंगे। इस वक्त अगर किसी पैसेंजर को धौला कुआं से निजामुद्दीन या फिर आनंद विहार जाना हो तो उसके पास सिर्फ बस ही एक तरीका है लेकिन जब यह लाइन तैयार हो जाएगी तो पैसेंजर धौला कुआं से निजामुद्दीन , आनंद विहार और यहां तक की शाहदरा और कश्मीरी गेट बस अड्डा भी जा सकता है। इस तरह से आनंद विहार स्टेशन दोनों ही लाइनों का इंटरचेंज पॉइंट बन जाएगा।

नॉर्थ और वेस्ट दिल्ली जुड़ेंगे
मुकुंदपुर और राजौरी गार्डन के बीच 12.4 किमी लंबी लाइन बनने से उत्तरी और पश्चिमी दिल्ली जुड़ जाएंगे। मसलन , अभी मॉडल टाउन जाने के लिए पैसेंजरों को पहले राजीव चौक और वहां से मॉडल टाउन जाना पड़ता है। लेकिन इस लाइन के बनने के बाद राजौरी गार्डन से आजादपुर होकर आसानी से मॉडल टाउन पहुंचा जा सकेगा। इसी तरह से जहांगीरपुरी , बादली , शालीमार बाग जैसे इलाके भी द्वारका और मोती नगर , पटेल नगर इलाकों से जुड़ जाएंगे और उन्हें लंबा सफर तय नहीं करना पड़ेगा। जहांगीरपुरी से सुभाष प्लेस आने के लिए जिन पैसेंजरों को कश्मीरी गेट घूमकर आना पड़ता है , वे आजादपुर से ट्रेन बदलकर चंद मिनटों में ही सुभाष प्लेस पहुंच सकेंगे। यानी पैसेंजरों को अपने डेस्टिनेशन तक पहुंचने के लिए शॉर्ट कट मिल जाएगा।

मालवीय नगर नोएडा 18
हालांकि ट्रांसपोर्ट विभाग इस लाइन की जगह पूरे आउटर रिंग रोड पर लाइन बनाकर उसे जोड़ना चाहता है लेकिन अगर मालवीय नगर से कालिंदी कुंज होते हुए नोएडा सेक्टर 18 तक लाइन तैयार की गई तो भी उसका जबर्दस्त फायदा होगा। एक तो जसोला स्टेशन के जरिए यह लाइन बदरपुर लाइन से जुड़ जाएगी। इस तरह से यह स्टेशन एक बड़ा इंटरचेंज पॉइंट बन जाएगा। दक्षिण दिल्ली आने के लिए नोएडा के लोगों को पहले राजीव चौक और फिर वहां से केंद्रीय सचिवालय होकर सरिता विहार या बदरपुर जाने की जरूरत नहीं पड़ेगी बल्कि पैसेंजर सीधे नोएडा से कालिंदी कुंज होते हुए जसोला पहुंच जाएंगे। इस लाइन का एक और फायदा यह होगा कि साकेत डिस्ट्रिक्ट कोर्ट जैसे हिस्से भी मेट्रो से जुड़ जाएंगे।

अशोक पार्क दिल्ली गेट
हालांकि मेट्रो की यह लाइन महज 9.64 किमी ही होगी लेकिन इस लाइन के बनने के बाद मध्य दिल्ली का इलाका मेट्रो के जरिए कई और जगहों से भी जुड़ जाएगा। मसलन , अभी यहां के पैसेंजरों को पहले इंद्रलोक , फिर कश्मीरी गेट होते हुए नई दिल्ली रेलवे स्टेशन जाना पड़ता है लेकिन इस हिस्से के बनने से वे सीधे नई दिल्ली तो पहुंचेंगे ही , साथ ही दिल्ली गेट तक भी जा सकेंगे। चूंकि दिल्ली गेट में लालकिला लाइन जुड़ रही है , ऐसे में वहां से वे इंटरचेंज करके आईटीओ भी जा सकेंगे और लालकिला भी।

केंद्रीय सचिवालय लाल किला
केंद्रीय सचिवालय में यह लाइन वहीं से शुरू होगी , जहां बदरपुर लाइन आकर केंद्रीय सचिवालय पर खत्म हो रही है। तीसरे फेज में इस लाइन के विस्तार होने के बाद बदरपुर से आने वाली ट्रेनें केंद्रीय सचिवालय की बजाय लालकिला तक जाएंगी। इस तरह से बदरपुर से आने वाले पैसेंजरों को आईटीओ जाने के लिए पहले केंद्रीय सचिवालय और फिर राजीव चौक पर ट्रेन बदलने की जरूरत नहीं होगी। पैसेंजर बदरपुर से ही ट्रेन में सीधे मंडी हाउस होते हुए आईटीओ , दिल्ली गेट और लालकिला तक जा सकेंगे। इस लाइन पर मंडी हाउस स्टेशन भी इंटरचेंज स्टेशन हो जाएगा और मंडी हाउस उतरकर पैसेंजर वहां से भी नोएडा , आनंद विहार , द्वारका , राजीव चौक , करोलबाग और पटेल नगर जैसी कॉलोनियों तक जा सकेंगे।

जहांगीरपुरी बादली
महज 3.43 किमी की इस लाइन पर दो ही स्टेशन बनेंगे। अब तक हुडा सिटी सेंटर से ट्रेनें जहांगीरपुरी तक ही मेट्रो ट्रेनें आती हैं लेकिन तीसरा फेज पूरा होने पर ये ट्रेनें बादली तक जा सकेंगी। इस तरह से संजय गांधी ट्रांसपोर्ट नगर और बादली नए स्टेशन बनाए जाएंगे। इस तरह से मेट्रो की पहुंच बादली तक हो जाएगी।

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/delhiarticleshow/6731650.cms

Metro Ph-3 funding issue resolved: CM

TNN, Feb 7, 2011, 11.24pm IST

NEW DELHI: Days after CM Shiela Dikshit admitted that funding for the expansion of the existing Delhi Metro network was proving elusive, on Monday, she said that the issue has been resolved. "I have learnt from the DMRC chief (E Sreedharan) that Japanese funding is being organized (for the Phase-III)," she said. Incidentally, for the first two phases, too, the Japanese government had pitched in financially through JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency).

Dikshit, however, didn't elaborate on the amount or percentage of funding that would be coming from either JICA or from the Delhi government, which is expected to contribute towards the project as well. The funding format for the project is in the 50:50 ratio for the Central and state government contribution. Phase-III is likely to be implemented at a cost of Rs 28,000 crore with six corridors network expansion by another 105 km. For phases I and II, JICA's financial contribution had been 60% and around 50% respectively. "The JICA has given positive indications that it will fund the project; but a formal communication has to be sent by the government of India for the same, which is expected soon," said a DMRC official.

Read more: Metro Ph-3 funding issue resolved: CM – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Metro-Ph-3-funding-issue-resolved-CM/articleshow/7447635.cms#ixzz1DNHCKs6Q

 

Japanese bank nod to loan for Metro expansion

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

 

There are indications that the problem of funding Phase-3 of the Delhi Metro's expansion may be over. After providing financial assistance for the first two phases of the Delhi Metro's expansion, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide a loan to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to construct 105-km-long Metro lines in Phase-3.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the Delhi metro has tied up with the Japanese Government for the same.

"Earlier, I was under impression that it (funding pattern) was not decided. I was mistaken. Sreedharan informed me that the Metro has tied up with the Japanese bank," Dikshit said.

It is, however, still not clear how much of R28,000 crore Phase-3 cost would be shared by the Japanese agency.

"We have positive indications from the Japanese agency," a DMRC spokesperson said. "The official confirmation will come after the government of India writes to the Japanese Government,” he added.

Sources said JICA might agree to give 40% of the estimated cost of R28,000 crore for Phase-3 expansion.

"The project’s remaining cost would be met from the equity of the central government and the Delhi government. DMRC may come up with infrastructure bonds to arrange part of the cost," a senior Delhi government official said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Japanese-bank-nod-to-loan-for-Metro-expansion/Article1-659708.aspx

 

Scouting for Metro funds a problem but will find a way out: Sheila Dikshit
Published: Saturday, Feb 5, 2011, 16:14 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit today said her government was facing a 'problem' in raising funds for the Metro's Phase-III but voiced confidence that the issue will be resolved soon and the Metro network in the Capital will double to 400kms in the next few years.

In an interaction with mediapersons after inspecting the airport express metro line, Dikshit said the roadmap for the ambitious Phase-III, that envisages adding another 105 kms to the network, has been prepared and a decision on it will be taken by a group of ministers (GoM) of the Union government.

"We will tie up the funds. Till the Phase-II, we had the Japan International Cooperation agency funding us. There is a problem. We are scouting for funds and we will find a way out. Delhi will eventually have Phase-III and IV and a network of 400 kms," she said.

Urban development minister Kamal Nath had last week said he wants the Delhi Metro to be bigger than the London Metro, which has a network of 412 km, by 2017. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) currently has around 200 km of network.

Delhi government has been maintaining that it has no funds and wants the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to partly fund the Phase-III along with it and the Centre. The Planning Commission has also suggested that the DDA partly fund the Phase-III so that the debt equity ratio can be reduced.

The plan panel wants the Phase-III to be implemented in 50:50 debt equity ratio. It wants 50% to be shared by the Centre, Delhi government and the DDA, while the rest to be raised through soft loans from JICA.

The Phase-III is likely to cost Rs28,000 crore with six corridors coming up.

Dikshit said the project is currently discussed between the DMRC and GoM and a final decision will be taken soon. However, he refused to give a time-frame.

She said efforts are being made to connect the airport express line, which will be operational by the end of this month, to Gurgaon.

"But I cannot tell anything about that now. A decision has to be taken by the DMRC, Haryana government and other stakeholders concerned," she said.

Asked whether she wants the IGI-Gurgaon Line to be awarded to the Reliance Infra, she said she cannot decide on her own.

"It is a collective decision. When everyone agrees and the funds are available…," she said, adding that the airport line has been successfully constructed by the consortium.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_scouting-for-metro-funds-a-problem-but-will-find-a-way-out-sheila-dikshit_1503523

 

Metro phase 3 proposal: Fresh plan to cover Ring Road, add new lines
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 31, 2011

Delhi metro has incorporated major changes in its proposed extension of network under phase 3. The new lines will extensively cover Ring Road, one of the most congested and busy areas in the national capital. Metro is also likely to spread its network to neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, making this phase the largest network expansion with nine corridors.

The plan also includes a new corridor between Rajouri Garden and Dhaula Kuan and also taking the proposed Kalindi Kunj-Malviya Nagar corridor via Jamia Nagar.

These changes were made as Delhi cabinet in October suggested the Metro to cover more areas. Earlier, Delhi Metro had planned to keep Rajouri Garden-Dhaula Kuan stretch in phase 4, said a source in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

“The addition of corridors have been included in the detailed project report, which we are going to present by mid February for Centre’s approval,” said Kumar Keshav, director (projects), DMRC.

The new route map will include six corridors including Jahangirpuri to Badli, Central Secretariat to Red Fort, Ashok Park to Delhi Gate, Rajouri Garden to Dhaula Kuan, Anand Vihar to Yamuna Vihar and Noida to Malviya Nagar.

“In addition, we are expecting three more corridors to be included in phase 3. These are proposed extension of Line 6 from Badarpur up to Faridabad, Line 1 from Dilshad Garden up to Ghaziabad in Haryana and Line 3 from Noida up to Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh,” said Keshav. These lines, however, will not be included in the DPR as these would be funded by the authorities of the respective states.

As per the proposed DPR, metro track will be laid on over 100 km, while the previous report had proposed to cover 69.57 km.

“We are expecting to get approvals for the project by April and start work by middle of this year. We would start civil construction of all lines together so that we can complete the project by middle of 2016,” said Keshav.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/Metro-phase-3-proposal-Fresh-plan-to-cover-Ring-Road-add-new-lines/Article1-656938.aspx

Delhi Metro Phase III gets bigger, to cover Jamia, Faridabad

NEW DELHI: Covering several more residential, business and academic centres of the capital than originally planned, Delhi Metro is giving final shape to its third phase, which, when completed, will bring cheer to thousands of more passengers.

The biggest addition in Phase III, where the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has planned an extension of over 30 km, is the coverage of Jamia Milia Islamia University, a top Metro official said.

The proposed Phase III will cost Rs.27,500 crore for the Delhi extensions and is expected to be completed by March 2016. With this, the DMRC will cover 70 percent of the capital city's population and include neighbouring areas like Faridabad and Noida, DMRC Managing Director E. Sreedharan told IANS.

The project was approved in principle by the Delhi government in October 2010. But the government has suggested some amendments, asking the DMRC to cover more areas so as to include the outer and the inner ring roads.

"We were supposed to have met the Planning Commission officials with the detailed project report (DPR) of Phase III by Jan 13 for a review and to take a final call on the budget decision. The meeting never happened as we are not ready with the DPR. It is still being finalised," Sreedharan said.

"We had prepared a DPR earlier for 70 km. Now, the Delhi government wants some alterations. So Phase III is coming to almost 104 km, 34 km extra," the DMRC chief said.

After the Planning Commission's approval, the Phase-III project will be reviewed by an empowered committee of officials before going for union cabinet approval.

Sreedharan said a final decision on the funding pattern is yet to be taken, but the DMRC has given some suggestions in this regard.

"We have given some suggestions. One option is for the two governments (India and Japan) contributing 40 percent (each) of the cost. The Japanese funding can extend to nearly 40 percent and the DMRC itself can raise about five to eight percent on the property development as things are looking up on the real estate," he explained.

For the balance fund he suggested that the government authorise the DMRC to issue tax- free bonds for that amount or alternatively request the Japanese government to make it 50 percent instead of 40 percent.

To a query on whether the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will come forward to fund the Phase III project, Sreedharan said: "We have a very good relationship with the JICA. Their own experience with the DMRC has been excellent in Phase I and II (and) they are willing to consider. But they haven't made any commitment as we have not formally requested them."

Sreedharan said Delhi Metro has already begun preliminary works of Phase III to save time.

The soil investigation, geo-technical surveys, finalising station design for the underground and elevated stations and preparation of tender documents have started.

"Apart from this we are revising the specifications in many areas to bring down the cost of the project without sacrificing the safety or the reliability," he said.

The work for Phase III will start in April.

"(Phase III will have) two additional big lines – Lines 7 and 8 – while others are only extension of existing lines…… The Kalindi Kunj line will be extended till Noida (Botanical Garden). The Noida extension will be taken care of by the Noida authority," he added.

The biggest addition on Phase III is the coverage of Jamia Milia Islamia University, which will extend from Nehru Place and will cover the outer Ring Road.

Kalkaji will be one of the interchange stations on this line and it will attract a lot of commuters as it covers the university and many schools.

As of now, 184 km of track are operational, the Metro chief said. Three more km will be opened in Kirti Nagar and three in Vaishali. Finally, it will be 190 km under phase one and two put together.

With the completion of Phase III the DMRC hopes to cover almost 70 percent of Delhi.

Sreedharan said that the Metro carries about 1.5 million passengers and the average revenue is about Rs.2.75 crores a day. By the time Phase III is over it is targeting a total ridership of at least three million people, the total revenue reaching over Rs.5 crore a day.

"Once Phase III is successfully completed we will go for Phase IV," The Metro chief added.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/railways/delhi-metro-phase-iii-gets-bigger-to-cover-jamia-faridabad/articleshow/7397666.cms

Funding trouble for Metro phase III


NEW DELHI: Funding for the third phase of the Delhi Metro network seems to be getting embroiled in controversy. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for the third phase, which is pegged at Rs 28,000 crore – an amount, the state government says, should be borne by Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Delhi transport minister, Arvinder Singh, said, "The government is not saying that we won't fund the project but we have suggested that DDA should pay for the third phase. After all, DDA has benefitted enormously from the Delhi Metro, with land prices going up because of the network." According to Singh, the suggestion has been forwarded to the land agency and a response is awaited. Work for the third phase is expected to start as early as April. Earlier, DMRC head E Sreedharan had said that the required permissions and clearances would be applied for as soon as the DPR was approved by the central government. Added the minister, "The project will not be held up due to funding… We hope to resolve the issue soon." The project will come up for formal approval in the budget session of the state assembly in March.

Government sources claim that funding for the project has become an issue as the state government is also taking up several other infrastructure projects such as the East-West corridor this year. Added an official, "The funding share is 50-50 between the central and state government. However, the third phase is about connecting the existing lines and taking the Metro to outer areas of the city. It immediately has an impact on the land prices, which in turn benefit the land agency. Logically, DDA should also contribute to the expansion of the Metro, specially as the state government is already funding other infrastructure projects."

According to the government, funding will not hold up the project. Singh insisted, "We will strive not to let the funding affect the project work timeline, it will start as per schedule." However, sources in DMRC say funding was an issue in phase II also. "But that was eventually sorted out. With phase III too, we expect an early solution, specially as the new minister is keen to expand the Metro network," said a DMRC official. DDA refused to comment on the matter, saying that no decision had been taken yet.

Read more: Funding trouble for Metro phase III – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Funding-trouble-for-Metro-phase-III/articleshow/7355706.cms#ixzz1C4JEB7v7
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Phase III to encircle city

TNN, Jan 20, 2011

NEW DELHI: The alignment of phase III of the Delhi Metro will see the Metro take an entire circle around the city, much like the surface Ring Road in Delhi. According to senior Delhi government sources, the alignment of the 105km phase III network is ready, with suggestions given by the government having been incorporated. "The inprinciple approval has already been given. We've been informed that the alignment is ready, and that the Delhi Metro is now deciding on the stations and their locations in the areas the Metro would pass through."

Sources in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) confirmed that the redesigned alignment had been decided, with the Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur corridor being the longest one. In fact, when completed, this corridor will be the longest line in the entire Delhi Metro network , covering 55.9km. The Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur corridor will have major stations at Mukundpur, Rajouri Garden — which will also be an interchange station — Dhaula Kuan, Anand Vihar — yet another interchange station — culminating in Yamuna Vihar. Said an official, "This corridor is like a ring around the city, much like the inner Ring Road. Correspondingly , the Kalindi Kunj-Janakpuri (west) corridor will be paralleling the outer Ring Road."

The Kalindi Kunj-Janakpuri (west) corridor in fact, is the only other line that will be entirely separate from the existing network. The other two corridors that are being planned for phase III – within Delhi – are extensions of line 2 (Jehangirpuri-HUDA city centre) and line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur ). While the former will be extended till Badli, the latter will be extended through ITO-Delhi Gate and on to Kashmere Gate. The network, with 23 interchanging stations, is expected to start off from April this year. "It will be a mix of elevated-underground stretches, with the extension of the line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur ) being mostly underground," added the source. All the corridors will be on standard gauge.

Funding, however, remains a knotty affair. Sources in the government confirmed that funding has not been decided yet, though DMRC will be hoping that the majority of the funding comes from the state and Central government . The cost of the network in Delhi is Rs 28,000 crore. Said a senior government official , "A number of infrastructure projects are to be undertaken by the state government too. So we have to allocate the funding in such a way that funds for our projects are also available." According to sources, the last large infusion of funds to the state government from the Centre had been for the Commonwealth Games. "But thereafter, funding has been limited. Even last year, we got little from the Central government . So parity in funding for the Metro as well as our projects is needed," added the official.

Read more: Phase III to encircle city – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Phase-III-to-encircle-city/articleshow/7323799.cms#ixzz1BaBggyXt

 

 

Delhi Metro will be bigger than Londown Metro

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Delhi Metro: Phase III to cover 105km now

TNN, Jan 19, 2011,

NEW DELHI: The extension of the Delhi Metro network just got bigger. According to E Sreedharan, the head of the Delhi   Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), phase III of the network will cover 105km now, instead of the proposed 70km earlier. "After incorporating suggestions from the Delhi government, we have realigned some of the corridors. Now, we will be going into outer Delhi areas like Bawana as well as touch Jamia Milia Islamia university," said the Metro Man.

Phase III, which will cost Rs 28,000 crore for the Delhi extensions, is expected to be completed by March 2016 and will include neighboring localities like Faridabad and Noida too. Said Sreedharan, "Funding for the extension into Faridabad will cost Rs 3,000 crore more while that into Ghaziabad and Bahadurgarh (the farthest station) will be an additional Rs 12,000 crore." While the funding pattern for the project is yet to be decided, the majority of the costs will be borne by respective state governments. For Delhiites, the good news is that the work on phase III is expected to start within a few months. Added the DMRC  chief, "There will be 23 interchanging stations in this phase, a huge jump from the three interchanging stations that phase II had."

The changes in the corridors are going to connect the city in a circle, said Sreedharan. "The Kalindi Kunj line for instance, will be extended till Noida (Botanical Garden). The Noida extension will be paid for by the Noida authority," he added. The major corridors in phase III include Yamuna-Mukundpur, covering 46km while the Kalindi Kunj-Janakpuri will be 32km. The Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate will be covering 9.5km and the Jehangirpuri-Badli line will cover 5.5km. Perhaps the biggest addition is the coverage of Jamia Milia Islamia university, which will extend from Nehru Place and will cover the outer Ring Road. Kalkaji will be the interchange station on this line. It is also expected to cater to a large catchment area of the university and neighbouring schools.

The phase III extension starts off with connecting the various existing lines, said Sreedharan, starting with the extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line on to Delhi Gate, with a massive extension of the existing Mandi House station, which will become a new interchanging station, said DMRC officials. This particular line is worth Rs 450 crore and includes others stations: Janpath, Mandi House and Delhi Gate.

Read more: Delhi Metro: Phase III to cover 105km now -  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-Metro-Phase-III-to-cover-105km-now/articleshow/7315345.cms#ixzz1BS6tSFtT

Budget to begin funding for Delhi Metro Phase III

Sudheer Pal Singh & Jyoti Mukul / New Delhi January 19, 2011

The first tranche of central government funding for the third phase of the Delhi Metro commuter rail project is likely to come in the coming 2011-12 Budget.

The Centre is expected to provide around Rs 750 crore as its share of equity infusion. The entire central government equity amounting to Rs 5,000 crore would be spread over five years.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to invest Rs 28,000 crore for the third phase, of which around 40 per cent, amounting to Rs 10,000 crore, would come as equity support in equal proportion from the Centre and the Delhi government.

“We have graded our equity requirement for phase-III. What we will seek in the 2011-12 Union Budget would be roughly 15 per cent of our total requirement from the Union government, of Rs 5,000 crore,” E Sreedharan, managing director of DMRC, told Business Standard.

Adding: “While the funding pattern for phase-III is yet to be finalised, we have already advised that the equity contribution from the two governments of Rs 5,000 crore each would be spread over the next five-six years. A provision for that will come in the Union budget.”

DMRC has proposed to add around 70 km through Phase-III to its 189-km operational network in the National Capital Region.

While the metro train operator has already started minor construction work under phase-III to avoid delays, the work would start in full swing only after the funding arrangement is finalised.

Japanese aid again
Sreedharan said of the rest of the fund requirement of Rs 18,000 crore, Rs 10,000 crore would be sourced as loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica). This is the Japanese government agency for extending technical and financial assistance for projects in developing nations. Jica loans were instrumental in the commissioning of phases I and II of the Delhi Metro.

“The loan amount from Jica can be further increased to fill the small funding gap that may remain,” Sreedharan said. DMRC prefers Jica, he added, as the rate of interest of 1.3 per cent at which debt had so far been obtained was “quite comfortable”. However, formal talks with Jica on the proposal are yet to begin. These will take place only after the central government approves the project

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/budget-to-begin-funding-for-delhi-metro-phase-iii/422260/

19 Jan, 2011, 05.47AM IST,TNN

Metro crowding to ease by May

NEW DELHI: Commuters on the two most crowded Metro lines – Gurgaon (HUDA City Centre) to Jehangirpuri (Line 2), and Noida City Centre /Anand Vihar to Dwarka Sector 21 (Line 3), which account for 12 lakh of the network's ridership of 15.5 lakh–will not have to suffer for long. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief E Sreedharan told TOI on Tuesday that their ordeal will be over by May since "80% of the trains (on these lines) would have been converted into six-coach trains'' .

Sreedharan said Metro had an aggressive expansion plan. To begin with, the trains on these two lines will be converted into six-coach trains, but in about three months Line 5 (Inderlok to Mundka) and Line 6 (Central Secretariat to Badarpur) will also get these longer trains. Line 1 (Dilshad Garden to Rithala) will have to wait for Phase III for this relief.

The deadline for the entire Phase III – being implemented at a cost of Rs 28,000 crore in Delhi alone besides Ghaziabad and other destinations – is March 2016.

Delhi Metro is one of the fastest growing transport systems in the country and its rapidly growing ridership has put Lines 2 and 3 under tremendous pressure with commuters packed in trains like sardines, particularly during peak office hours. Commuters have been complaining of slow running trains, crowded stations and a general sense of chaos.

SREEDHARAN SPEAKS OUT

The airport line delays were unnecessary… Knowing DMRC's style of working, we could have easily completed it before the Commonwealth Games DTC gets a govt subsidy. If DMRC had the same subsidy, running the feeder bus service would be more viable Eight-coach trains may do trick in next phase

New Delhi: Sreedharan admitted that the escalating ridership has been a pleasant surprise. "There was tremendous opposition to the Metro earlier and it had even been described as a white elephant… (But) the speed, delivery (on schedule) of what was promised as well as its reliability have made the system successful," he said. "Our own estimate was 18 lakh passengers in Phase I. We've reached an average ridership of 15.5 lakh till now and this is expected to go up by the next phase," he added.

Sreedharan said three trains have already been converted. "On Line 2 too, trial runs (of sixcoach trains) are going on successfully . Every week, we plan to convert a train into six coaches ," said the DMRC head. "The decision to convert into six coaches was taken as we found that for four-coach trains, the interval between two small trains has to be very small. So seven-eight months ago, we changed the policy and decided to introduce six- coach trains, which are more efficient in this scenario," he admitted. Interestingly , he claimed that internationally , the average standard for metros was six persons (standing) in every square metre , while for developing countries , it's eight persons. "We are following the eight persons norm here even now," he said.

At present, a four-coach train can carry around 1,200 passengers . With the addition of two more coaches, this is expected to go up to 1,800. According to DMRC officials, over 25 lakh passengers are expected to be accommodated in the six-coach trains. If the traffic continues to increase, DMRC may even introduce eight-coach trains in Phase III, the official said. The cost of each newly-inducted coach is about Rs 7 crore.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/7316299.cms

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DMRC expects centre nod for phase 3 extension

Hindustan Times, New Delhi ,

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is hoping to get a go ahead for its proposed extension of metro connectivity under phase 3 from central government soon. Once the approval from central government is achieved the construction work will start immediately, if the DMRC officials are to be believed.

A senior officer of the department, who did not wish to be named, said: “Within this month DMRC will make a presentation on the detailed project report (DPR) that it is preparing on the six proposed lines under phase 3 to the planning commission. We are expecting that a final nod from the centre would be achieved on this soon after the presentation.”

A  Delhi cabinet level meeting that was held on October 11, 2010 had given an in-principle clearance to the three proposed corridors in phase 3 of metro network extension. Besides, the cabinet has also suggested some additions and alterations to the other three proposed routes.

The project which was worth R21,468 crore as per the previous DPR may go up to R25,000 crore now, according to sources.

DMRC said its DPR had proposed construction of six routes covering 69.57 km under phase 3 but Delhi cabinet had given nod to three routes and asked DMRC to add more areas to the other three proposed routes to extend the route length to 108.35 km, sources said.

“We are almost at the verge of completion of the final DPR and also we have done ground works so that we can start civil construction works immediately after the project gets centre’s clearance,” the officer added.

It was learnt that DMRC would build 23 interchange stations under phase 3 in a bid to ensure seamless interchange connectivity.

When DMRC is claiming to have reached almost in the final stage of starting the construction works, surprisingly, it remained clueless about the funding structure for the same.

Mangu Singh, director (works) said: “We are planning to start construction works by July this year. But the funding structure for the project is yet to be finalised.”

On the funding pattern, Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan earlier had indicated that state and central governments may share 40% of the total project cost equally and the remaining 60% may be taken as a loan possibly from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

http://www.hindustantimes.com/DMRC-expects-centre-nod-for-phase-3-extension/Article1-650875.aspx

DMRC may go for global tender for Phase-III expansion in April'11

Gandhinagar, January 13, 2011

Delhi Metro is likely to go in for a global tender for its proposed Phase-III expansion in April which will add another 65 km to the ever-increasing network, a lifeline for the people in the national capital.

The ambitious Phase-III project was approved in-principle by the Delhi government in October last year and Delhi Metro is expecting a final nod from the government in March or April this year.

The third phase investment is around Rs 25,000 crore over a five year plan period.

“We are hoping to get a final nod from the government in March or April and in parallel, we have already started working on preparatory measures like surveys. Once the government approval is there, we will go for a global tender for partnership around the same time,” Mangu Singh, Director (Works) of Delhi Metro, told PTI here.

“So far, we have created radials in and around Delhi and in Phase-III we are proposing circles connecting these radials. This will provide more interchange points and flexibility to travellers,” he said.

The first phase cost Rs 10,000 crore while it was Rs 20,000 crore for the Phase II.

For the Phase-III, Delhi Government cleared three routes – from Central Secretariat to Red Fort (6.8 km), Rajouri Garden to Mukundupur (12.4 km) and Jahangir Puri to Badli (3.4 km) – as suggested by the Metro in October last.

There will be 23 interchange stations to ensure seamless interchange connectivity, a Metro official said.

On the funding pattern, which has been a bone of contention for the Phase-III, Delhi Metro chief Sreedharan earlier said it is most likely that the State and central governments will share 40 per cent of the project cost.

“It will be like the two governments contributing 20 per cent each and the remaining 60 per cent of the cost will be raised through loan,” he said.

To a query on who would provide loan, Mr. Sreedharan said in all probability it would be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency but added that they have not given a commitment in this regard.

The Planning Commission is of the view that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) should fund the ambitious project along with the city and central governments to reduce their financial burden.

Besides, the planning body is also of the view that the proportion of investment for the Phase-III, that envisages to connect another 65 km of the capital through Metro, should be increased by the two governments, which jointly own the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article1089749.ece

Metro Phase-III rolls on

Delhi, 4 Jan 11

Preliminary work of conducting topographical and geo-technical surveys on Central Secretariat- Mandi House line gets going

For Metro commuters who deal with heavy rush while changing trains at Rajiv Chowk station, there is a good news. The Delhi Metro has started work on the first line of Phase -III, the Central Secretariat- Mandi House line. Once completed, it will make Mandi House another interchange station, thereby easing pressure on Rajiv Chowk station.

A senior Metro official told MiD DAY that preliminary work of conducting topographical and geo-technical surveys and finalising designs for the new stations is already underway. "These works need to be completed before the construction work starts. We have floated tenders and as soon as we get Central Government's nod, the tender will be awarded," said the official.

The line is to be completed by 2014, a year ahead of other lines that are to be constructed under Phase-III.  The two stations on the line, Janpath and Mandi House, will provide connectivity not only to those commuting through HUDA City Centre-Badarpur and Noida /Anand Vihar lines, but also provide a much-needed link to Connaught Place's busy office and shopping centre.

"It will take two years to complete the line up to Mandi House and later the same line will be extended to Red Fort. Work on the line is being taken up on priority as it would help decongest Rajiv Chowk Metro station which is currently only interchange station on Delhi-Gurgaon line and Dwarka-Noida/ Anand Vihar Line," said the official.

The Rajiv Chowk station registers a footfall of over five lakh passengers every day. The Mandi House station will be around 250m wide and will allow commuters access not only to Noida-Dwarka Sector 21 line but will also act as a subway.

The official said that while the civil work will cost Rs 450 crore, total cost of the entire 3.2-km corridor will be Rs 800 crore that includes signalling and other works.

Metro plans Ring corridors to square the circle of link
December 25, 2010   6:30:33 PM

In what may be the best Yuletide gift for Delhiites, decks have been cleared for making a Metro Ring Corridor and Metro Outer Ring corridor. These two lines, to be completed by 2015, would largely run along the existing Ring Road and Outer Ring Road alignments.

This was revealed by Delhi Metro MD E Sreedharan at an informal interaction here on Friday. The Metro Man, as Sreedharan has come to be known, said Delhi Metro was ready with the new detailed project report (DPR) for the third phase of Metro corridors and had incorporated all recommendations made by the Delhi Government.

“The Delhi Government’s recommendations were good and we have incorporated these in the DPR, which is going to be submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development in a week’s time. A presentation to this effect will be given to Planning Commission on January 13, 2011,” Sreedharan said. The work for the third phase of Metro is likely to start next financial year.

The Delhi Cabinet, while giving its nod to four corridors for the third-phase Metro corridors, had suggested to DMRC and transport department to prepare DPRs for Rajouri Garden-Dhaula Kuan line and Outer Ring Road corridor connecting Noida Sector 18, Okhla, Janakpuri and Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, two alternative corridors suggested by the transport department after detailed discussions.

The new corridors would have an alignment similar to the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road. The total cost of the third-phase Metro is estimated at `21,468 crore and it would cover 69.57 km across the Capital. The funding for the third phase would be shared by the State Government and the Centre.

The Delhi Government’s ambitious plan will connect Anand Vihar in east Delhi to Dhaula Kuan in south-west Delhi. The length of this corridor will be 25.66 km. According to the proposal, 12.52 km of the line would be underground while the remaining 13.14 km would be elevated. It would cost around Rs 6,261 crore. The plan provides for traffic integration with existing Metro lines at Anand Vihar, Lajpat Nagar and AIIMS. It also connects the Anand Vihar railway station, Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station and ISBTs at Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. Major hospitals — AIIMS, Safdarjung and Moolchand — would also be connected with the new line. Also, the services of Metro’s Airport Express link can be availed at Dhaula Kuan. This line would be extended up to the Dilshad Garden Metro station, which will provide another interchange point at Dilshad Garden, besides facilitating the movement of people travelling from north-east Delhi to south Delhi. These extensions would cost an additional amount of Rs 761 crore.

Further, the corridor connecting Mukundpur and Rajouri Garden would run along the Ring Road. It would cover areas like Wazirpur Industrial area, Netaji Subhas Place District Centre, Britannia Food Factory, ESI Hospital and Rajdhani College. The total length would be 12.40 km (including 6.58 km underground track and 5.82 km elevated track) and it would cost about Rs 3,508 crore.

The corridor will provide connectivity of west Delhi with north Delhi. Beside, it would provide integration with the existing lines at Azadpur (Vishwavidyalaya-Jehangirpuri corridor), Netaji Subhas Place (Shahdara-Rithala corridor), Shivaji Park (Inderlok-Mundka corridor) and Rajouri Garden (Yamuna Bank-Dwarka corridor), enabling the passengers to go towards Kashmere Gate, Connaught Place, Rithala, Shahdara, Yamuna Bank, Mundka, Inderlok, Dwarka and considerable portion of Ring Road. The proposed Metro Line 2 (Mukundpur-Rajouri Garden) and Line 1 (Dhaula Kuan-Anand Vihar) are aligned along the Ring Road. However, there is a missing gap on Ring Road from Rajouri Garden to Dhaula Kuan.

The Delhi Government has recommended to bridge this gap for completing the Ring Road circular loop linking the proposed Metro corridors. Total length of extension of Rajouri Garden corridor to Dhaula Kuan is about 8.3 km, which includes underground 2.5 km and elevated 5.8 km. The estimated cost is about Rs 1,830 crore.

Similarly, the Outer Ring Road corridor will connect Noida Sector 18 passing through Okhla, Jamia Nagar, Ashram, New Friends Colony, Lotus Temple, Kalkaji, Nehru Place, Greater Kailash, Chirag Dilli, JNU campus, Munirka, Vasant Vihar, Palam, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Peera Garhi, Mangolpuri, Madhuban Chowk and Pitampura. The Okhla border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar via Janakpuri and Jamia Nagar would cost Rs 9,876 crore. The length of this Outer Ring Road corridor would be 44.85 km (underground 13.50 km, elevated 31.40 km).

Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/306194/Metro-plans-Ring-corridors-to-square-the-circle-of-link.html

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Update: 20 Dec 10

Delhi Metro- Expectations from year 2011

The year 2011 would be a significant year for Delhi Metro Phase III as both the planning and funding for Phase III would be carried out. While 4 corridor have been approved by Delhi govt but they are yet to be approved by centre. It is to be seen how the funding would be arranged  by the cash-strapped Delhi govt post-commonwealth games.

The centre of attraction of Delhi Metro Phase III is the Anand Vihar-Dhaula Kuan corridor, which has the potential to de-congest ring road around South Delhi areas and would be one of the longest for Phase III. For more details on the expectations from the year 2011 for Delhi Metro, please follow below article.

Delhi Metro Phase III- Expectations from year 2011   Plots- Hot Investment Idea- Rs 18K psy in GNoida on 130 M Expressway

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