New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has reported 70 per cent progress in civil works and overall physical progress of 57 per cent in the Phase-3 project, covering 140-km-long route. Phase-3 is scheduled for completion between May, 2015 and December, 2016.
In a review meeting of six Metro projects by the Urban Development Ministry, DMRC reported financial progress of 40 per cent for the Phase-3 project.
Urban Development Secretary Madhusudhan Prasad during the review last week asked the Metro projects being implemented on joint venture of the Centre and respective state governments to ensure that there are no “time and cost overruns”.
He said that infrastructure projects are top priority for the government and they are being monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Construction work in respect of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project has begun within three months of the project being sanctioned by the central government with the Special Purpose Vehicle for execution of the project, MEGA (Metro–Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad) Company Ltd commencing work for construction of 6 km viaduct between Vastaral Gaam and Apparel Park.
The Rs 10,773 crore project was sanctioned in November last year and the work commenced in February this year. The project envisages 37.66 km of Metro with an elevated portion of 31.43 km and underground portion of 6.33 km.
CMD of Kochi Metro informed in detail about the Smart Card based Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system to be introduced resulting in substantial savings in capital expenditure besides additional revenue to the Metro.
Regarding Chennai Metro, Stage-1 comprising seven stations and viaduct of 10 km is set for revenue operations soon. Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety has carried out Rolling Stock inspection for this stage in the first week of this month.
Out of the 42 train sets required, nine from Brazil and 12 from Sri City, Chittor (AP) have been received. Regarding other four stages, works are in progress.
Nagpur Metro reported completion of demarcation of alignment on Airport–MIHAN, Automative Square to Zero Mile and Prajapatinagar–Dosar Vaisya Chowk sections amounting to 55 per cent of total alignment.