DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 28th February 2022 at Metro Bhavan. The MoU was signed by Sh. Pramit Kumar Garg, DMRC’s Director of Business Development, and Sh. P.S Chauhan, Special Director General, CPWD in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
As per the MoU, DMRC will provide technical assistance as well as execute finishing and services works for the construction of a Metro loop corridor to connect the existing Metro network with the new Central Secretariat buildings, which is a part of the Central Vista Area Redevelopment project. The planning for this project was started in 2020, and now the construction is going to start soon. The new corridor will be constructed separately from the existing yellow line and violet line. It is expected to be completed by 2024.
The Metro loop corridor will be about three kilometres in length and will connect four Common Central Secretariat stations with the existing Central Secretariat Metro station. This corridor is being proposed to ease the travel of the office goers who travel to these places using the Metro. CPWD has planned this project expecting a peak hour demand of 20,000 passengers per hour during the morning and evening peak hours.
“As per the MoU, DMRC shall prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) apart from finalizing the horizontal and vertical alignment of the tracks and tunnels along with sizing of facilities like platforms, support services and maintenance facilities. DMRC shall also appoint the Detailed Design Consultant for the project. While CPWD will carry out the basic civil structure construction work, DMRC shall execute all other finishing and services works including design and construction of control systems, signal systems, track work, rolling stock, electrical and maintenance works etc.” the officials stated.
This corridor will be fully underground and can reduce the travelling time between stations and can help in controlling the crowd from Vijay Chowk to India Gate stations.