New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today started tunneling work between the 5.5 km long underground Hazrat Nizamuddin – Lajpat Nagar stretch on the Mukundpur (Majlis Park) – Shiv Vihar corridor in order to provide a direct connectivity to the Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station as part of the Phase III Metro expansion project.
The Hazrat Nizamuddin Metro station will have dedicated enrty/exit points connecting to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station and ISBT at Sarai Kale Khan. The entry/exit point at Sarai Kale Khan will be inside the ISBT complex while the entry/exit point at Hazrat Nizamuddin will be within 50 meters of the station complex. There will also be a third entry/exit towards Smriti Van crossing the road connecting to the station. The Metro station is slated to open for public by 2016.
The tunneling at the site started today in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Mr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials. This TBM is expected to reach Ashram by the first week of July, 2014 after completing first tunneling drive of 1686 meters. The 3.366 km underground stretch between Lajpat Nagar and Hazrat Nizamuddin will witness a total of six TBM drives that includes two drives each from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Ashram, Ashram to Vinobapuri and Vinabapuri to Lajpat Nagar.
The TBM has been fully assembled at the site and its initial launching drive will also start from today. Delhi Metro will place a total of 4, 808 precast reinforced concrete cement rings of 1.4 meter width in this tunneling drive between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Lajpat Nagar. The tunnel will have an internal diameter of 5. 8 meters. This is the third TBM that has been lowered on the 58.467 km long Mukundpur (Majlis Park) – Shiv Vihar corridor. The other two TBMs are currently operational between Netaji Subhash Place – Shalimar Bagh and INA – Lajpat Nagar stretches.
Hazrat Nizamuddin is the 3rd biggest railway terminus of the national capital after New Delhi and Delhi. Most south bound trains including Rajdhani and super fast trains originate from here. The Sarai Kale Khan ISBT is one of three major bus terminuses of Delhi along with Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar. Buses for various locations in Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh originate from here. As per the Detailed Project Report (DPR), 53,370 people are expected to use the Hazrat Nizamuddin Metro station by 2016 and by the year 2021, over 72,000 passengers will use the station every day.