Delhi metro hits a roadblock

New Delhi, Nov 16 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 03:39am hrs
The Delhi metros Barakhamba-Indraprastha section, joining the central hub of the Capital with Dwarka in the southwest, has hit a construction roadblock.

The construction on this route may overshoot its completion target due to the delay from the power ministry in granting permission to build its corridor over the gas turbine plant of the Indraprastha Gas Power Ltd, a state-owned company.

DMRC has shot off a missive to the Delhi power secretary Arun Goyal, explaining him the need to speed up the clearance process.

We have asked Mr Goyal to look into the matter thoroughly and grant the much-awaited permission at the earliest to avoid surpassing the deadline of March 2006, said DMRC technical director CBK Rao.

According to Mr Rao, though it is just a 2.7 km track, this route after its completion will clear the traffic chaos on the ITO Vikas Minar bridge.

After its completion, the route will prove extremely beneficial for the people working in ITO, Ring Road and Delhi Sachivalaya area. Otherwise, to reach Barakhamba road there is a bevy of traffic signals one has to encounter and the mismanaged traffic compounds the chaos, added Mr Rao.

For this section DMRC has had to face many hurdles. Earlier, it was the Delhi Traffic Police and after a great deal of perseverance, DMRC had managed to persuade the police to allow them to construct on the ring road near Vikas Minar.

If the power ministry fails to grant the permission in time, it would be the first time DMRC would miss a deadline, as on all previous occasions, including the tough underground line in old Delhi, it had finished work on time or even before. u