Some points made by MD, DMRC Mr Mangu Singh regarding Delhi Metro Constructions And Operations.
- Phase-III of Delhi Metro consists of 103 kms. In addition 4 kms. extension to Noida (Botanical Garden) and 13 Kms. extension to Faridabad is also sanctioned by the Government i.e. total about 120 kms. is already approved.
Another 20 kms. i.e. extension to Shiv Vihar – 3 kms., extension to Najafgarh 5.5 kms. and extension to Bahadurgarh 11 kms. is in pipeline.
- In addition we are executing Jaipur Metro Project also – 10.5 kms.
Apart from the expansion in Delhi, DMRC is also guiding the other upcoming Metro projects around the country. Currently, DMRC is carrying out the construction work of the Metro projects in Jaipur and Kochi. It was also the Prime Consultant for Kolkata Metro and Chennai Metro projects. Besides these, DMRC has prepared the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Pune, NCR and Bengaluru Phase-II plans. The DPRs of Dwarka – IIFCO Chowk Airport Express Link and Bengaluru Airport Express Link have also been prepared by DMRC. Currently, it is working on the DPRs for Chandigarh, Nagpur, Bhopal and Indore Metros, Kerala High Speed Rail link and the Kozhokode Monorail.
- We realize that Phase-III shall be very huge task to manage. On technology front we have enough experience. Competency building was the big challenge. We realized that the middle level management is the back bone and the need for the project management was more on developing skills on interfacing, managing and coordinating.
o We trained 76 middle level officers in 3 batches at IIM Ahmedabad with specially designed courses by IIM Ahmedabad.
o Conducted refresher courses at DMRC’s own Shastri Park Training Institute for upto Deputy Chief Engineer level officers.
o Conducted detailed traffic diversion schemes by engaging specialized agency and in coordination with the Delhi Traffic Police.
· Guiding principles for the traffic management has been:
o Minimum dislocation to traffic.
o Improvement to the geometries including widening of the roads/alternative roads.
o Deployment of adequate trained traffic marshals.
o Adequate signage’s for guidance to the public.
o Adequate lighting at work sites on all diverted routes.
· Detailed layouts for all stations have been finalized, alignments finalized.
- All civil tenders for Central Secretariat – Kashmere Gate line have been finalized and works started.
- All civil tenders for extension from Jahangirpuri to Badli have also been finalized and works started. 3 civil tenders on Line-7 (inner ring corridor) have been finalized starting from both ends.
- In Phase-III the component of underground is quite high and it is expected that during peak period about 25 tunnel boring machines will be working. In order to monitor the performance of the tunnel boring machines in the sensitive areas, a centralized control centre shall be set-up with connectivity through GPS to all the tunnel boring machines.
- In order to provide more convenience to the lakhs of passengers who travel with the Delhi Metro everyday, about a hundred four coach trains have been converted into six coaches. Now the Delhi Metro is planning to convert some trains into eight coach trains to further increase the carrying capacity. Orders have already been placed for the procurement of coaches to convert 68 trains into eight coach ones by the end of this year.
- Delhi Metro is also gearing up to procure additional rolling stock to meet the requirements of Phase-III. Global tenders have already been floated for the purchase of 468 new broad gauge coaches and 92 standard gauge coaches, which are scheduled to arrive before the commissioning of the Phase-III corridors.
- To improve the connectivity between the Metro stations and the nearby localities, Delhi Metro has already floated tenders for the procurement of 300 feeder buses. These additional buses will boost connectivity in the interior areas of the city in a major way.