New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The lockdown implemented in the Corona period has also had an impact on metro services. The services are being resumed in phases after being closed for 169 days, but the Phase-IV of Delhi Metro Rail project may be delayed by two-three months on completion.
During the lockdown, economic losses have affected the Phase-4 as workers were moving to their home states. Last year, three out of the proposed six corridors of the Delhi Metro are being taken up after the approval of the Central Government. Work on the Phase-IV project started in December last year.
Meanwhile, the project has also been affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19, according to Mangu Singh, managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). However, due to the postponement of six months, the cost will not be much impacted.
According to DMRC, the team of experts performed excellent works on the expansion and designing of the project while facing challenges even during the lockdown.
Work on the three corridors also gained new momentum. DMRC has suffered a loss of Rs 1,300 crore during the epidemic period. 61.679-km of new metro lines will be constructed under Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro Rail project after the return of workers.
A total of 45 metro stations will be built in all three corridors of Phase IV. Work on Mukundpur-Maujpur, RK Ashram-Janakpuri West and Aerocity-Tughlakabad corridors are also being carried out during the lockdown. Many basic works including piling, erection of U-girders have been started in Phase-IV so that the delay in the project is minimized.
The DMRC is still waiting for the node of Central Government on Rithala-Bawana-Narela, Inderlok-Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block.
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