May 30, 2011 12:09:08 am
Work on the Delhi Metro Phase-III line connecting ITO,Daryaganj,Jama Masjid and Red Fort is expected to started in the next six months as the authorities target to meet the completion deadline of early 2016.
The 9-km-long corridor will have eight stations Central Secretariat,Janpath,Mandi House,ITO,Delhi Gate,Jama Masjid,Red Fort and Kashmere Gate all at a distance of around one km from the other. The move is meant to give the line a large catchment area and ensure that commuters do not have to travel much to reach a station.
The ITO Metro station will have five access points police headquarters,Institution of Engineers,Dolls Museum,Indian National Science Academy and between the CAG and UGC offices on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg.
The Delhi Gate station,too,has five access points. One will be near the Ambedkar Stadium entrance. Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital will have direct entry/exit points. An access point on Asaf Ali Road in front of the Oriental Insurance Company Ltd is also expected to cater to Ramlila Maidan visitors. The fifth access point will be behind the Daryaganj police station,towards Ring Road.
The alignment of this station,and the line along this stretch,had to be shifted towards Asaf Ali Road as it was running into the prohibited zone (100m) of the Delhi Gate,a centrally protected monument. Following the revised plans,the station box is 100 metres away from the monument.
The Jama Masjid station,perceived to be the most challenging,with heritage structures and congested lanes in the area,will have four access points. Two entry points will cater to Jama Masjid one on Kasturba Hospital Road and another near the rear entrance of the mosque. On the other side of the road,one access point each has been plotted near Mahavir Vatika and on Nishad Raj Marg next to Sunehri Masjid.
The Red Fort station,too,will have four access points near the ticket counters of Red Fort,towards the Inter-state bus kiosks and the bus stands,near Old Lajpat Rai market and towards Presentation Convent.
The access points of Mandi House and Kashmere Gate stations are still being finalised.
According to officials,construction on this route is expected to be a major challenge as the line will run through several congested areas and the traffic diversion plan has to be carefully marked out to cause minimum inconvenience to office-goers,shopowners and residents.
The line has already received Delhi governments approval and is now awaiting a final nod from the Group of Ministers. Soil tests,geo-technical and topographical surveys are still being carried out between Mandi House and Kashmere Gate,and once the reports are compiled tenders will be floated. The tendering process is likely to be done next month.
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.
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