There’s something for Dilliwalas to cheer about!
Late last month, workers from the ITD-ITD Cem JV (package CC-26R) began demolishing two buildings in Delhi’s Hasanpur village after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) successfully concluded negotiations with local property owners. The ownership of the land, through which the 58.6 km Line-7’s viaduct will be built, was a mystery since 2011 and the DMRC had no clarity on who owned it – private residents or the Delhi Development Authority. Due to that, a roughly 128m stretch of the line’s viaduct, close to the Vinodpur Depot, lay incomplete.
The DMRC directly negotiated with the residents and paid Rs. 5.91 crores to demolish just the top floors of the buildings. As per Anuj Dayal, the DMRC’s spokesperson, “the owners can rebuild the structure, provided they get the requisite permission from Delhi Metro once the viaduct is constructed.”
Recent satellite imagery showing the line’s incomplete Hasanpur section:
In addition, here are some images of the nearby IP Extension Station:
And here’s a tweet from a follower showing the status of the nearby Anand Vihar cantilever bridge over the Indian Railways’ lines:
— Piyush Santhalia (@santhalia_iitr) March 29, 2017
The DMRC recently announced that they’re going to install a track reversal facility at the Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 Station instead of at the Nizamuddin Station. So until the Trilokpuri section of the viaduct is built, they will be forced to run trains in 2 stretches: (1) Mukundpur to Mayur Vihar Pocket-1, and (2) Vinod Nagar to Maujpur. With the line’s other depot at Mukundpur in north Delhi also blocked until the 4th TBM is retrieved from the Gurdwara Shaft, any sort of commercial operations on the Pink Line’s western section is expected to begin only in 2018 with a very slim possibility of 2017-end. The eastern section of the line is expected to open no sooner than mid-2018.
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