The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has once again quietly revised the official deadline of the 5.37 km ITO – Kashmere Gate section of the Violet Line to November 2016. In the past they were targeting this section of the 160 km Phase 3 project to open in December 2015, pushed it up to March 2016 and then once again to September. At the start of the year, the line’s Chief Project Manager was chasing an Independence Day (August 15) opening which was substantiated by this internal circular.
Tunneling works on this section, especially the Jama Masjid – Delhi Gate portion was quite challenging and necessitated the use of an additional TBM & mid-shaft at Golcha Cinema in Daryaganj. In March 2016, the contractor for this portion, the L&T-SUCG JV, was finally able achieve the line’s final TBM breakthrough at the Delhi Gate station.
Under the Delhi Metro Phase-III project, the Violet Line is currently being extended by a distance of 9.37 km from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate. Out of this, the 3.03 km Central Secretariat – Mandi House stretch became operational on June 26 2014 and the .972 km Mandi House – ITO stretch on June 8 2015 – See: Delhi Metro’s History.
For construction purposes, the line was divided up into 3 contracts. Here’s a list along with the contractors:
• Contract CC-01 from Central Secretariat to Mandi House: Pratibha – CRFG JV
• Contract CC-05 from Mandi House to Jama Masjid: L&T – SUCG JV
• Contract CC-07 from Jama Masjid to Kashmere Gate: Era – Metrostroy JV
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