Delhi Metro breaks deadlock,Jamia station to shift

Looking to break the deadlock over the proposed Metro station opposite the administrative block of Jamia Millia Islamia,the Delhi Metro has agreed to consider the possibility of relocating the station.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2012 12:56 am

Looking to break the deadlock over the proposed Metro station opposite the administrative block of Jamia Millia Islamia,the Delhi Metro has agreed to consider the possibility of relocating the station.

At a meeting called by Chief Secretary P K Tripathi on Wednesday — attended by DMRC chief Mangu Singh and Jamia V-C Najeeb Jung — “it was decided that the DMRC would consider the possibility of relocating the Jamia Nagar Metro station,provided that the alignment of the route is not changed,” an official said.

The DMRC will survey the area and prepare a feasibility report on changing the location of the station.

“The station will not be dropped from the corridor. An alternative will be considered to shift the station 50 metres away from the earlier location. The new location would be finalised on the basis of the feasibility report,which has to be submitted to the Chief Secretary in a week,” a DMRC official said.

According to sources at Jamia,the new position of the station has been accepted by the Vice-Chancellor.

“The new negotiated position would be in front of the Noam Chomsky complex of the university,” a source said. The complex is at the far end of the university between JMI and Batla House.

The Jamia Nagar station is part of the nearly 33.5-km Janakpuri West to Kalindi Kunj Metro corridor,on which initial work has already begun. The detail project report of the line had been approved and the tender of the disputed Metro station was invited in the May this year.

Jamia Vice-Chancellor had opposed the station saying it bifurcates the campus and disrupts the academic activity. In 2011,he listed out his objections to then Metro chief E Sreedharan. Last week,he wrote to Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath highlighting the issue.

Officials at Jamia said the new site was chosen from the alternatives provided by the university.

“Jamia will provide DMRC the land required for the construction of the Metro station,” an official said.

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