Metro Construction

Mangu Singh
Mangu Singh
MD, DMRC
After the successful completion and commissioning of 190 kilometres of Metro lines across the National Capital Region (NCR) spanning two different construction phases, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has now started the construction work for another 120 kilometres of Metro which will enhance connectivity of the entire NCR tremendously.

Under this phase, many new areas, which, hitherto, were not connected by the Metro will become a part of the network. Delhi's two arterial roads – the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road will get new Metro corridors and the satellite city of Faridabad in Haryana will also get Metro connectivity with the national capital.

The work on the Central Secretariat- Kashmere Gate corridor, a vital extension in Central and Old Delhi, has already been started and the first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) of the stretch has been inserted for tunneling work between Central Secretariat and Janpath.

The construction work for Metro's expansion to Faridabad has also begun last month. On all the other corridors planned under the new phase, the preliminary preparatory works such as floating and finalization of tenders, acquiring of land etc are in progress. All the above mentioned corridors are scheduled to be completed by the year 2016.

Having completed two phases of Metro construction in a highly populated and congested city like Delhi within the allocated time and budgetary limit, the DMRC has now gained tremendous experience and expertise in the field of Metro Railway construction. Therefore, now we are also guiding the other upcoming Metro projects in the country as consultants. In fact, in Jaipur, we have been assigned the responsibility of constructing the Metro corridor also besides providing the consultancy.

Based on our observations made during the construction of the preceding phases, this time we have tried to further improve our construction methods with special focus on safety at the sites. This time, safety training has been made absolutely mandatory for every individual involved in the construction work irrespective of his rank or position. There are many batches of labourers, maintainers and other staff of the contractors who have already been provided safety training by DMRC's safety team.

NBM&CW June 2012