New Delhi: The Delhi Metro is all set to kick off its Phase-III project next month with the construction of a small network between Central Secretariat and Mandi House that would ease pressure on the busy Rajiv Chowk station.

Having sought special permission from the Urban Development Ministry for beginning work on this 3 km link, Delhi Metro will begin construction work.

Kumar Keshav, Director (Projects), Delhi Metro on Friday said, “The contract for the project has already been awarded to Pratibha-CSRG JV and they have begun initial work on the line. We have started holding weekly meetings on the project."

He said the physical construction would begin next month while deployment of machine and manpower had already begun.
Delhi Metro issued tenders for the project, which is currently with GoM, in November.

The new stations in Mandi House and Janpath will reduce pressure on the Rajiv Chowk station and will provide another station for commuters in the shopping hub of Connaught Place.

Keshav said the Delhi Metro is in talks with New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and other stakeholders for finalization of traffic diversion and other things that have to be put in place before the actual work starts.

While the civil work will cost Rs 450 crore, the total cost of the entire 3.2-km corridor is Rs 800 crore that includes signaling and other works.

The Central Secretariat-Mandi House line, once completed, will be integrated with the Central Secretariat- Badarpur corridor, thus providing another link between East and South Delhi.

A special feature of the Line is that a new station will come up adjacent to the existing Mandi House station and will act as a major interchange point for commuters on the Line 3 (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Anand Vihar).

(JPN/ Bureau)