DMRC may miss deadline for Ph-3 as it faces land trouble

Progress of construction work in Delhi Metro's Phase-III has been considerably stalled due to several land acquisition issues which may cause DMRC to miss its deadline to complete the project by 2016.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014, 00:04 AM IST

New Delhi: Progress of construction work in Delhi Metro's Phase-III has been considerably stalled due to several land acquisition issues which may cause DMRC to miss its deadline to complete the project by 2016.

DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh has stated as much in a letter submitted to the Delhi Chief Secretary DM Spolia earlier this month, seeking his intervention in the matter.

"DMRC has written a letter to the Chief Secretary detailing issues it is facing in taking forward the construction of Phase III that covers the longest stretch of land till date, a Delhi Metro spokesperson said, adding that a copy of the letter has also been sent to L-G Najeeb Jung.

DMRC is facing difficulty in acquiring land in several places which includes a patch of land that has been earmarked for rehabilitation of over hundred families of Block 15 of Trilokpuri, who will be affected by the construction of viaducts for the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar route of phase-III.

"We have been provided with an alternative land by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). But the relocation of the families required for carrying out construction work has not begun," a Delhi Metro source said.

DMRC is facing difficulties in relocating the families as a section of the residents have refused to relocate to the land provided by DUSIB.

Upon completion, the phase-III of the Delhi Metro will add 140 km to the existing operational network stretching over 190 km.