Jaipur Metro Rail Corpn to suspend work in Walled City ahead of festive season

JAIPUR: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) plans to discontinue work between Chandpole and Badi Chaupar underground corridor to avoid congestion in the Walled City area during festival season. Continental Engineering Corporation (CEC), the Taiwan-based company along with JMRC recently started soil testing for Metro rail phase-I (B) project work near Chandpole station.

A senior official with JMRC said, “The footfall in the Walled City increases during the festival season as there are many prominent markets. The decision to suspend work for seven days has been taken before Diwali.”

The company had started digging borewells at regular distance of 30 metres to test the soil. This was being done to learn the quality of the soil. Once the work on the corridor starts completely from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar the JMRC plans to close the traffic movement near the Choti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar for more than one-and-a-half years.

An official said that the underground Metro station at Choti Chaupar will be constructed in the area of 260 metres. The vehicles coming from Choti Chaupar will be diverted towards Chaura Rasta via Tripolia Gate. People visiting Hawa Mahal will have to go through Ghat Gate area.

Similarly, an underground metro station in the area of 260 metres will be constructed at Badi Chaupar. All the routes will be closed for vehicular traffic during construction. An official said, “The traffic pressure in narrow lanes of the city will increase during construction.”

Under phase-I (B) of the project, an underground tunnel would be dug from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar through the congested areas of the old city. “It was decided that drilling of the tunnel will be started from the Chandpole end. At the Chandpole end tunnel, the depth will be 6 metres to 16 metres, while depth of the tunnel will be between 10 and 20 metres at Baddi Chaupar end,” the official said.