NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Work will commence soon on the underground stretch of Janakpuri West to R.K. Ashram (Line-8 Ext.) of Phase-4 of Delhi Metro. This underground section of length 7.74 km will comprise the construction of six stations: Derawal Nagar, Ghanta Ghar, Pulbangash, Sadar Bazar, Nabi Karim, and RK Ashram Marg.
Work on Phase-4 of Delhi Metro has been slowed down since last year due to Covid-19 and the resultant lockdowns in the capital. However, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has expedited construction work on tracks and stations from last one and half months.
The increase of pace of construction along with inviting tenders for various sections under Phase-4 is mainly attributed to the sanctioning of funds in the form of loan by JICA ((Japan International Cooperation Agency) for Delhi Metro Phase-4.
Few days back, DMRC has invited tenders for this underground stretch of Janakpuri West to R.K. Ashram (Line-8 Ext.) under Package DC-05. The tender process will take another couple of months before the contract gets awarded for this work and it is expected that work will begin as soon as possible on this stretch. The period of completion for this work is 42 months.
The President of India has received a loan for an amount of JPY 119,978 Million from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) towards the cost of Delhi Mass Rapid Transit System Project (Phase 4). It is intended that part of the proceeds of this loan will be applied to eligible payments under the Contract DC-05, as per the tender inviting notice.
Under Phase-4 of Delhi Metro, total 6 lines having length of 104 km will be constructed. Out of these 6 lines, Central Government has given approval to 3 lines with a total length of 65 km. These 3 lines are Magenta Line (Line-8 extension) from Janakpuri West – R.K. Ashram (28.92 km) with 22 stations, Silver Line fromAerocity – Tughlakabad (23.6 km) with 15 stations and Pink Line fromMukundpur – Maujpur (12.58 km) with 8 stations.
This Janakpuri West – R.K. Ashram Line is expected to operational by June 2024. This corridor will have an elevated section of 21.18 km and an underground section of 7.74 km.