New Delhi: Over 40 km of Delhi Metro`s
ambitious Phase-III will be built underground and three
different stretches will pass below existing underground Metro
corridors, a decision taken to lessen the inconvenience caused
to people during construction.
The total length of the underground corridors in the
proposed Phase-III will be almost equivalent to the total
underground sections built so far by DMRC in Phase I and II.
"This makes construction of the Phase-III more
challenging," a DMRC spokesman said.
Delhi Metro now has a total of 31 underground stations,
while Phase 3 alone will have 28 underground stations.
"The total length of the underground corridor now is
48.06 kilometres and Phase 3 alone will have underground
corridors of 41.044 kilometres," the spokesman said.
The decision to construct more underground corridors
was taken this time to ensure that construction work causes
minimum inconvenience to the people.
By constructing so many underground stretches, DMRC
will also be able to avoid causing any damage to the existing
infrastructure such as flyovers and roads, the spokesman said.
For the first time, three different tunneling stretches
in Phase 3 will pass below existing underground Metro
stretches in the city.
They are the underground stretch from Sarojini Nagar
to INA on the Mukundpur?Yamuna Vihar corridor, Indira Gandhi
Domestic Airport to Kalkaji on the Janak Puri West and Mandi
House to ITO.