New Delhi: The traffic scenario of the chock a block roads leading to Connaught Place (CP) is likely to deteriorate even further with the start of third phase of metro expansion from the last week of July.

The third phase of metro expansion is expected to have a heavy toll on the traffic movement on prominent roads like Janpath and Ashok Road which connect CP with other parts of the city.
As per the stipulated plan, 6.8 kilometer underground metro line project from Central Secretariat via Mandi House to Kashmiri Gate would be started first.

According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesman Anuj Dayal, “In the initial phase, we have completed the checking of soil, line mapping and tender allotment process.” He claimed that the project would start soon after getting the approval from the Centre.

The third phase includes Janpath as the important locality of the national capital that could not be taken up in the previous two projects.

In an effort to avoid any disruption in the project, barricading would be soon set up on important routes Janpath, Rajendra Prasad road and Ashoka road. DMRC has already sent a letter to Traffic police department in this regard.

Under the third phase, DMRC has planned to connect all main metro stations, and to extend the Badarpur-Central Secretariat rail track to Kashmiri Gate. The plan also includes the construction of metro stations at ITO, Delhi Gate, Darya Ganj and Lal Quila.

(JPN/Bureau)