Metro connectivity to Anand Vihar a reality by December?
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Last Updated: Friday, November 20, 2009, 15:42
  
New Delhi: After missing its deadline on the Noida Corridor, the Delhi Metro is racing against time to inaugurate its Anand Vihar line as per schedule by the end of next month, which will benefit thousands of people in east Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

The 6.17 km stretch connecting Yamuna Bank with Anand Vihar, which will be integrated with the newly-constructed railway terminal, is scheduled to be opened to the public by the end of next month.

DMRC officials say the inauguration of the line is subject to the availability of trains and progress of work on the line.

"The civil work is 95 percent complete and the stations will be ready by next month. Work on Over Head Electrification (OHE) and signalling are being done," a senior official said.

Though DMRC chief E Sreedharan had earlier said the line may be opened either in December or January next year, Metro is keen to open the line by the end of December.

"Availability of trains is a major problem. Once the trains are ready and the work is over we will inaugurate the line," he said, adding that the line will need at least five trains.

Known for finishing projects well ahead of schedule, Delhi Metro for the first time missed its deadline on the Noida corridor, which was opened to public last week. The deadline was October.

Availability of trains is a major problem for the Delhi Metro as it needs more number of trains to tackle the ever-growing rush. The DMRC has entered into a Rs 2,984 crore deal with Bombardier under which DMRC will procure 83 broad gauge trains by 2011.

It has already got 14 trains and is awaiting more so that they can be put on various lines. Inaugurating the Anand Vihar line and increasing the frequency on the Noida corridor will be the priorities of the DMRC once it gets the new bunch of trains.

Work is on full swing on the line with labourers working round-the-clock to finish the construction by next month. DMRC lost almost three months on this line due to an accident at its site in Laxmi Nagar in October last year.

Two people were killed when an under-construction bridge collapsed on October 19, 2008. Officials said this gave no time for them to finish construction before the deadline.

The section, once opened, is expected to draw huge crowds given the number of people who depend on private mode of transport to reach the national capital. With Anand Vihar located on the border of Uttar Pradesh, people from that state will also use the Metro to come to Delhi.

Though DMRC projects that over 1 lakh will join the new age transport system by 2011, it is expected to be much higher with Noida line being an example.

While the DMRC projected that 53,000 people will join the metro system by 2011 on the Noida line, over 1 lakh people have been travelling on the Metro ever since it was opened to the public last week.

The entirely elevated Anand Vihar line will have five stations — Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Karkardooma and Anand Vihar ISBT.

The Anand Vihar station complex will be internally connected to the railway station with a foot overbridge and an existing ISBT which will sport a new look before the Commonwealth Games.

DMRC has also begun work on the line from Anand Vihar to Vaishali. Officials said the work on this 2.67km line will be completed before the Commonwealth Games.

Bureau Report


First Published: Friday, November 20, 2009, 15:42


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