Extended Yellow Line to be operational from March 2015

Delhi Metro working around challenges of congested neighbourhoods in Phase 3

Updated - April 22, 2016 12:44 am IST

Published - July 12, 2014 10:04 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The under-construction Jahangirpuri-Badli Mor metro corridor in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The under-construction Jahangirpuri-Badli Mor metro corridor in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Beyond Jahangirpuri on the Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line, the 4.392-kilometre line till Samaypur Badli curves eight times, making its way through congested neighbourhoods in North Delhi. Nearly 30,000 people will ride on the metro across the three upcoming elevated stations of Badli Mor, Rohini Sector-18 and Samaypur Badli, according to estimates for 2016 in the Detailed Project Report.

Apart from sharp twists and turns on this corridor, the Delhi Metro has had to tackle a railway line and an intersecting flyover in its quest to meet the March 2015 deadline to extend the current HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri Line to allow residents of GT Karnal Road, Rohini, Transport Nagar and Badli have easy access to the rest of the city.

On a site visit organised for journalists on Friday, Delhi Metro representatives spoke of a “major challenge” which will see the launch of five steel spans that will cross the Outer Ring Road just after the Badli Mor station where the upcoming metro line will intersect with a major infrastructure project of the Public Works Department.

“The metro alignment runs on two separate viaducts at this location, and the PWD is also constructing a flyover that will connect Wazirabad to Mukarba Chowk. Both will have a common pier on the Outer Ring Road which will be constructed by the Delhi Metro,” said a DMRC spokesperson. Five special steel girders ranging from 32.14 metres to 48.7 metres weighing 100MT to 166 MT and nearly 17 metres above the present road level will be launched by high capacity hydraulic cranes, he said. In essence, a flyover carrying vehicles will have a metro line running overhead.

Also near the Badli Mor, which will be the first station after Jahangirpuri, the Delhi Metro encounters its second challenge of crossing the Northern Railway tracks of the busy Delhi-Ambala route. Here too, there are two separate viaducts for the up and down lines of the metro and a 45-metre steel span bridge will be installed to facilitate this crossing on both lines.

The Delhi Metro is expected to complete construction work by the year-end and the extension will be operational from March 2015.

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