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Metro’s 14-m Challenge on Ring Rd

Posted by rajat On July - 4 - 2013

Will Build Link Along Raja Garden Flyover With Little Margin On Either Side

New Delhi:It’s an exercise in precision engineering. Delhi Metro, which will run parallel to Ring Road from Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar, will construct a portion of its viaduct through a passage 12-14m in width. This is when the viaduct itself is 10m wide. “This stretch is near the Raja Garden flyover where the Rajouri Garden station will be integrated with the new station. The stations will be connected through a footbridge,” said a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official.

 

The challenge is to build the viaduct, which will come from Mayapuri and go towards Rajouri Garden, alongside the flyover. “There’s little leeway since a number of commercial establishments lie next to the flyover, and the distance in-between is only 12-14m. We decided to go ahead as the buildings would have had to be demolished otherwise,” said the official.

 

To accommodate the buildings, DMRC will build its viaduct, keeping a margin of 1-2m on either side. Interestingly, the buildings, which go up to 40-45 feet, will have the viaduct passing around 9m from the ground, which is the height of the rail level. The stretch where the viaduct goes between the flyover and the buildings will be 120m long. “Around 3m has been spared for entry to the shops, while the parking will be shifted under the flyover during construction. The slip road will be closed during this time,” added the Delhi Metro official.

 

This is not the only station unique to Delhi Metro. The new corridor, line 7 (Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar), will have several stations that serve as pedestrian connections across Ring Road. Paralleling Ring Road, this corridor will travel through congested areas with high traffic volume. In fact, the stretch between Rajouri Garden to Mukundpur will cross four lines of the existing metro network.

 

The eight stations that will connect Ring Road and surrounding areas include Mukundpur, which will be built at grade; Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh and Netaji Subhash Place, all of which are underground stations; and Shakarpur, Punjabi Bagh, ESI Hospital and Rajouri Garden.

 

Three of these stations will be for crossover: Azadpur, Netaji Subhash Place and Rajouri Garden. The stations falling in this stretch will have pedestrian linkages, providing accessibility to not only to the stations but also Ring Road, added Delhi Metro officials. These pedestrian linkages include footoverbridges at Azadpur, Netaji Subhash Place and Rajouri Garden.

 

Connections through existing subways or footbridges, such as those at ESI, Punjabi Bagh and Shakarpur, will also be provided. Added the Delhi Metro official, “Where the infrastructure exists, we will connect the station with it. Where there isn’t any, we will create new links.”

 

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Source: Times of India

IGI Metro To Go On, But Who Pays 2,000cr Debt?

Posted by rajat On June - 29 - 2013

Lack Of Clarity Over Repayment Of Dues Has Centre And DMRC Divided

New Delhi: Amid indications of DMRC likely to take over the operation of Airport Metro Express from next month invoking “large public interest”, there is no clarity on who would repay the debt of at least Rs 2,000 crore in case the present contract gets terminated.

 

According to senior Union urban development ministry officials, the DMRC has proposed that the debt can be repaid by both Government of India and Delhi government, the promoters of the “hybrid” public-private-partnershi (PPP) project. But the ministry maintains that the Centre should not be made to bear this burden since the contract is between DMRC and Delhi Airport Metro Express Line (DAMPEL). Officials told TOI that the corporation should arrange fund for such takeover of the project.
The logic behind this argument is that the project was bid out based on certain projects and conditions, particularly high daily ridership of 40,000 passengers. However, till now the maximum ridership was hovering around 20,000 to 21,000. It has nearly halved to around 10,000 per day since the line was reopened after six months suspension. This is nowhere close to the projects made in the detailed project report (DPR). “Responsibility of preparing a faulty DPR should be fixed. However, considering the public interest we have supported that DMRC should immediately take over the project after DAMPEL exits,” said a ministry official in condition of anonymity.

 

Significantly, everyone in the ministry seemed tightlipped over the huge debt issue. Even the UD secretary Sudhir Krishna did not comment on this issue, though he said that the DMRC board has asked the private company to continue operation. “We have said that DMRC would take over operation in case the company stops work. We have nothing more to add,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, senior officials that since huge debt of the consortium of lenders led by Axis bank is caught in this project ideally they should be allowed either to bring back DAMPEL to operate the line or find a substitution of the present operator, which usually happens in a PPP infrastructure project.

 

Officials admitted that the project would never be financially viable until the cost of tickets is reworked on this premier line. “Why will people use this line for regular commuting when they have to pay very high price? It has to be somewhere close to the normal Metro tickets on other lines,” one of them said. He added that no matter who replaces as the operator with the present level of ridership the project would never become “viable”.

 

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STUMBLING BLOCKS

Project awarded in 2008 to Reliance JV. Scheduled to open airport line in 2010. Project delayed and opens in 2011. Again closes in July 2012 due to problems in structure

DMRC did tunnelling and civil works

DAMEPL installed tracks, electrification, signalling and railway systems, as well as procured and maintained rolling stock

DAMEPL restarts operations on Jan 23, 2013

Check-in: Only at New Delhi railway station at present with Jet Airways and Air India (domestic only)

DAMEPL has been trying to earn revenue through on-site commercial ventures, promotional events (even allowed a shoot during the close-down for repairs), use of real estate

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Source: Times Of India

50 Metro Stations at High Risk: UN Study

Posted by rajat On June - 25 - 2013

‘DMRC Ignored Disaster Threats During Planning’

New Delhi: Lessons have not been learnt from past disasters, it seems. Delhi Metro, which ferries over two million passengers a day, is on a highrisk earthquake and flood zone and may lead to a huge loss of life in case of a disaster, says a recently released UN report on disaster risk reduction.

 

The Global Assessment Report (GAR), released by the United Nations office on disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, has also estimated the loss of revenue as over Rs 4,100 crore if a disaster had struck Delhi Metro in 2012. Despite awareness of earthquake and flood risk, much of the expansion of Delhi Metro has taken place in highly hazard-prone areas, the report adds.

 

In terms of direct risks, more than 50 stations (phases I & II) are located in areas of high-earthquake hazard, exposing the line to earthquakes of up to a magnitude of 8 on the Richter scale,” says the study, which was released on June 3 for the Asia-Pacific region. One of the stations was also built in a high-flood hazard area. In both cases, hazard information was available on municipal zoning maps, it says.

 

As a result, the Metro line is exposed to high flood and earthquake risk even for shortreturn periods of one-10 years,” according to the assessment. It cites case studies, saying considerations for site locations were not governed or even directed by reasons of disaster risk — these were a result of other political economy questions. “Although measures may have been taken at the construction phase to address this risk, disaster risk reduction does not seem to play a role in the decisions at the time of planning,” the study says.

 

The report was based on a comprehensive risk assessment study carried out through Bangalore-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

 

The study warns of mass casualties in case of foreigners, too, who are travelling to India as more than 3,00,000 passengers from over 60 countries of the world are expected to use the Airport line per day once it is running at full capacity. In all, “over two million passengers are travelling per day on the Delhi Metro, a number that is larger than the population of about 100 countries in the world”, it says.

 

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation claims its structures have been constructed keeping in mind the topology of the area. Besides, “all elevated structures have certification under BIS-1893, IRC, IIT Kanpur-RDSO guidelines, the highest safety codes for any elevated structure. The underground structures follow Japanese guidelines,” says a spokesperson.

 

The UN study, however, is not convinced. It says the direct risk to Metro stations and lines may have been reduced due to application of risk-sensitive building codes but this is not necessarily the case for new real estate developments surrounding the stations.
HAZARDOUS RIDE? 

Delhi and Gurgaon fall in Zone IV (high earthquake risk zone), 50 stations (phase I and II) fall under high-hazard category.

 

Special land use changes and building bylaw exceptions made in the case of DMRC which have increased exposure to hazards.

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News Source:  Times Of India

Metro To Snake Through 14 Curves

Posted by rajat On June - 17 - 2013

Congested Areas Along Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar Corridor Pose A Challenge

New Delhi: With 14 sharp curves in a span of 13km, the Hazrat Nizamuddin to Shiv Vihar section of the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor is expected to be unique in Delhi Metro’s network. Curves having less than 300m radius are considered to be ‘sharp curves’ in urban rail construction.

 

In 2010, Delhi Metro constructed the sharpest broad gauge curve on its elevated section in Gurgaon near IFFCO Chowk with a radius of 282.05 meters between pier numbers 125 to 137 in Phase II. “DMRC will be constructing a record number of sharp curves in phase III. It will be on the standard gauge metro corridor from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Shiv Vihar.” said Anuj Dayal, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesman.

 

Such sharp curves would entail precision planning and construction by Delhi Metro. “Cantilever piers and portals or supports would have to be constructed at appropriate places to provide smooth transition for the curves to take care of the shifted alignment due to the curvature,” added the Delhi Metro official.

 

The reason behind Delhi Metro constructing such sharp curves is the congested nature of the localities the line will pass through on the Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar corridor. “Because of the uneven twists and turns in this 25km elevated corridor, Delhi Metro is being forced to construct 14 curves on this stretch that pass through congested areas like Trilokpuri, Kalyanwas, Vinod Nagar, I P Extension, Anand Vihar, Karkarduma, Welcome, Seelampur, Jaffrabad and Maujpur,” said the Delhi Metro spokesman.

 

Building sharp curves requires a great deal of engineering skills and several factors have to be kept in mind while designing special segments or spans at the concerned turn or juncture, said DMRC engineers. “DMRC has to form especially dedicated beds in its casting yard for casting of special segments. The segments are then constructed according to the already defined ‘radius of curvature’ and then put on the viaduct,” added Dayal.

 

The Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar corridor is 59km long and will cover 40 metro stations. It is one of the two new corridors being constructed for Phase III.

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Source: Times Of India

Walkway To Link Rly, IGI Metro Stations

Posted by rajat On June - 12 - 2013

Airport Express Making 150m Path For Pedestrian Safety At Ajmeri Gate

New Delhi: Passengers coming by train needn’t worry about running an obstacle course across the crowded New Delhi railway station to reach the Airport Metro station anymore. R-Infra promoted Delhi Airport Metro is finally building a pedestrian pathway at New Delhi railway station.

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This 150m long pathway will allow pedestrians to easily access the Airport Metro station, said sources. “At present, it’s difficult for passengers to commute between the New Delhi railway station and the Airport Metro station because of the vehicles and uneven path, especially carrying luggage along,” said an official. To allow easier access, the Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL) is building the pathway with the permission of the Northern Railways, added officials.

 

The 7.5m wide pathway will be for pedestrians only, allowing easy access to both the railway station and the Metro stations. While the idea is to provide direct connectivity to the Airport Metro station, it will also help those going to the Delhi Metro station.

 

According to officials, the pedestrian pathway is scheduled to become operational in a month’s time. “There had been a number of complaints about the lack of easy accessibility. The pathway should address that problem,” added the official. The pathway will start from the left extreme corner of the New Delhi railway station — on the Ajmeri Gate side — where the VIP entry is located at present, and connect with the northwest side of the Airport Metro station.

 

However, for the first few months of operation, commuters will have to find a way around the drop-off points that are located in the entry to the railway station. “At 30m, the drop-off points are located, where private vehicles drop off passengers. This will interrupt the pathway for a few months,” admitted the official.

 

However, a source said talks are on with the Northern Railways to shift the drop-off points to the other end of the station in a few months time.

 

The pathway will also have green planters, and “portals” with seating areas, which will be built later.

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PASSENGER-FRIENDLY INITIATIVE

 

No direct link between New Delhi railway station and Delhi Airport Metro station
Passengers at the railway station have to navigate through taxi and autorickshaw lanes, dividers etc to reach the Metro station
DAMEPL constructing 7.5m wide airport metro pathway for pedestrians that will cut across dividers and parking areas to ease access
Pathway scheduled to become operational in a month’s time
Pathway will be interrupted by the drop-off point at 30m
This drop-off point for vehicles will however be shifted to another end of station in 3 months The pathway will also have green planters
On the pathway, nonslippery lather finish kota stone will be used
The pathway would also be equipped with signage for areas that can be reached via the Delhi Airport Metro Express
Wheelchair with porter services to ferry senior citizens, disabled and ill people to be made available

 

Source: Times of India

Tariff Jolt May Hike Metro Fare

Posted by rajat On June - 5 - 2013

Discoms Seek Revision, DMRC Says Commuters To Bear Cost

New Delhi: Commuting by Delhi Metro could get costlier if a proposal to hike the power tariff for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is accepted. The proposal, which is still being examined by Delhi Regulatory Commission (DERC), comes after the discoms sought a hike in tariff. Delhi Metro, which made a case to DERC earlier last month, has clearly said in its presentation that any further increase in tariff cannot be absorbed by DMRC without an increase in the fare which, it admits, will burden commuters.

 

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At present, Delhi Metro pays Rs 6.05 per unit, besides “fixed” charges. As part of the “time of day” (TOD) metering, DMRC also pays a higher tariff for using power at certain hours of the day, which are usually the peak hours.

 

Says Sharat Sharma, director (operations), at Delhi Metro: “The maximum energy usage by Delhi Metro is during the hours defined as peak by the discoms. The TOD tariff has resulted in an additional burden. Since Delhi Metro is a passenger service, we cannot curtail energy usage during peak commuter travelling hours.” According to Sharma, energy consumption in the past two years has been 41.34 per cent but the expenditure on power has gone up by 140 per cent during that time. “A further power tariff hike will have a detrimental impact on our operational costs. Already, power accounts for 40 per cent of our operational costs. If this goes up further, we will have to cut down on other services,” said Sharma.

 

Last year, DMRC had asked the Centre for a hike in fares, citing increasing operational costs. However, the committee on fare hike is yet to be set up. If a fare hike is not implemented now, Delhi Metro could be forced to look at a subsidy from the government to pay back its loans, say officials.

 

The loan from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) is paid from the operational revenue collected by Delhi Metro at present. If this goes down, then subsidies would have to be considered to bail out Delhi Metro,” admits Sharma.

 

Adding to the DMRC’s woes is the talk of a reliability charge by the discoms. While the hikes proposed range from 1.61-20 per cent, the reliability charge is for supplying uninterrupted power, according to the proposal. This, says Delhi Metro, would be blatantly unfair.

 

“Reliability is a factor introduced through our systems which have been put in place. The fact is that in the financial year 2012-13, there were numerous instances of tripping, which resulted in a loss of power for 36 hours,” says Sharma. Interestingly, compared to UP and Haryana, Delhi power unit costs the most. Per unit prices in the neighbouring states are Rs 5 and Rs 5.60 per unit, respectively.

 

COSTLY HIKE 

 

Discoms demanding tariff revision for Delhi Metro The hikes range from 1.61-20%
Discoms also want a reliability charge for supplying uninterrupted power
DMRC says hike in power tariff will result in increase in operational costs Energy or power costs already account for 40% of operational costs According to officials, any further increase in tariff cannot be sustained by DMRC without hike in fare structure which will burden commuters Delhi Metro’s increase in power consumption in last two years has been around 41.34%’

 

Yet expenditure on power has gone up by 140%
The reason is the last two consecutive power tariff hikes as well as the introduction of the ‘time of day’
The latter is tariff based on peak and non-peak hours
Compared to UP and Haryana, the Delhi power unit costs more
On reliability charges, DMRC says power is made stable due to back-up services of Metro
It cites the number of trips by each discom which accounted for loss of power of 36 hours in FY 2012-13

 

Source:  Times of India

By 2021, Badli will be largest interchange Metro Station

Posted by rajat On April - 4 - 2012

According to officials, the Badli Mor Metro station which is proposed to be 4 km long from Jahangirpuri-Badli corridor will be one of the largest interchange Metro stations by 2021. Five years down the line, when phase 4 is scheduled to be completed, Badli Mor Metro station in northwest Delhi will cater to lakhs of commuters.

Earlier the station was proposed to be named Shalimar Place, is expected to register a ridership of about 7,000 commuters in 2016 -when Delhi Metro’s phase 3 stations will start operations. Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said, Badli Mor Metro station will be the first ever station to be designed in such a way that the station structure will have provision for expansion in Phase 4 as well. The foundation of the station is being laid in such a way that it will be able to take the load of the two platforms, which will cater to Phase 3 and 4 lines.“

In the Phase 4, the station will facilitate interchange with the proposed Mukundpur-Janakpuri West section, which will then connect the currently operational Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor with the proposed Mukundpur -Yamuna Vihar line and Janakpuri East-Botanical Garden corridor. Both these corridors are being constructed in Phase 3.

The first two floors , which will be lower than the road level will be used for property development as per the plan. The third floor (which will have a direct link with the road through a foot-over bridge) will be concourse and the platform will be above it. The Phase 4 platform will come up above the phase 3 platform. Tenders for this unique station structure have been floated and are in the evaluation process.

News Source : Hindustan Times

26 New Metro Stations in South Delhi by 2016

Posted by rajat On March - 30 - 2012

The PHASE III  of Delhi Metro will cover 35km more in district; four interchange stations to come up. This expansion will benefit commuters from South Delhi which has the highest number of privately owned cars, is all set to benefit the most from the proposed Metro expansion project under phase III.

Delhi Metro at present covers around 34km in South Delhi, with the Phase 3 which is is scheduled to be completed by 2016, the DMRC plans to spread the network to 35km more in the district. The Delhi Metro serves to around two lakh commuters from south Delhi daily and wonce the phase is complete, it will serves around four lakh commuters daily.

Two main corridors of phase 3 -Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur and Janakpuri west-Botanical Garden corridor -will pass through south Delhi, which covers 41 per cent of the total Capital area. The district has a population of 23 lakh. South Delhi, considered to be the most posh area, is one of the nine historical districts in the Capital. Localities such as Greater Kailash, CR Park, Alaknanda, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Defence Colony, New Friends Colony, Gulmohar Park, Gulmohar Enclave and Vasant Kunj are situated here.

Anuj Dayal, N spokesperson, DMRC said “In phase III, south Delhi residents are going to benefit immensely. With 26 new Metro stations, covering all strategic locations and four interchange of facilities, almost all parts of the  district will be connected by Metro.“ Dayal also added that There is no Metro interchange facility in the district. In phase 3 project, interchange stations have been planned at INA, Lajpatagar, Hauz Khas and Kalkaji Mandir, said DMRC officials.”Metro will link south Delhi to IGIA, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida. Besides, it will provide direct connectivity to post-residential areas, markets and educational institutes. ”

News Source : Hindustan Times

DMRC to Ease Parking Woes At Chhattarpur

Posted by rajat On March - 29 - 2012

With over 20,000 commuters using the Chhattarpur Metro Station to access different parts of the City, Delhi Metro has decided to expand the existing parking area for Chhattarpur Metro Station and to make it among one of the biggest parking space for a metro station in Delhi.

Chhattarpur Metro Station existing parking area is around, 100-square metre and it is planning to expand around of 2,900 square metre space by the end of this month. According to the Metro Officials, this parking lot expansion will be the solution to relief commuters from parking hassles at the station.

The Chhattarpur Metro station is a hot spot for commuters traveling from Chhattarpur, Mehrauli village and Vasant Kunj area to different parts of the city, plus the station is also an important point for the large numbers of devotees who come to visit the Chhattarpur temple. At the moment, Chhattarpur station has a capacity to accommodate around 150 vehicles but with the new expansion the station will be able to accommodate more than 400 cars.

A spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said  “With the increase in parking space, Chhattarpur Metro station will become one among the major Metro parking lots in Delhi with 4,000 square metre parking space.“ The process of inviting tenders is on for increasing the parking space at Chhattarpur. The spokesperson also added that “By end of the month, the entire parking lot will be ready, which will be properly fenced, divided into lots with proper entry and exit facilities. There will be at least three entry and exit points in the newly developed parking area.“

The Delhi Metro has a total of 95 parking lots in Delhi and NCR at present, which together accommodate thousands of vehicles every day. Of them, line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) has 20 parking lots, line 2 has 20 lots, line 3/4 (Noida/Anand Vihar-Dwarka) has 36 parking lots, line 5 (Inderlok-Mundka) eight parking lots and line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur) has 11 parking lots. By month end, the entire parking lot will be ready with proper fencing. It will be divided into lots with proper entry and exit facilities.

News Source : Hindustan Times

National Metro Politan Region

Posted by rajat On March - 28 - 2012

Commuting in Delhi has drastically changed over a period of 10 year when the mode of transportations was the DTC and blueline buses or depending on pricey autorickshaws. But 2002 saw a different mode of transportation, the Delhi Metro which completely changed the way of commuting in the nation Capital.


The 8.5-km-long line from Shahdara to Tis Hazari gave Delhiites a glimpse into the future. Today, Delhi Metro is spread across 190 km covering almost every corner of the city and this was built in two phases within nine years. The network has connected two major railway stations, the biggest bus terminal and three satellite towns. And it does not stop at that. By 2021, another 136km will be added and connectivity to satellite towns will go deeper and better.

Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC  said that “we have a vision of bringing the Metro within a 500m radius of every home in Delhi by 2021. The commuters should be able to walk down to the nearest Metro station like they do in Tokyo, London and Shanghai.“This was the dream of former DMRC MD E Sreedharan, which is now shared by every employee, says a Metro official.

The construction for three new lines which will be covering an area of 120 km has already begun in Phase 3, the DMRC has also proposed to build another 116 Km in the phase which they plan to complete by 2021.  With phase 3, Delhi Metro -currently the world’s 10th-largest network -would become the seventh-largest system. And if other Metros in world did not expand, Delhi Metro would be the second-largest -next only to Shanghai Metro -by 2021. Dayal said that “In Phase 3, we will connect domestic airport with the satellite towns, all four major universities in Delhi and NCR, bus terminals and almost all tourist spots,“

DMRC officials claim there are 1.5 lakh less vehicles on roads every day and the travel time from one point to another has been reduced to almost half. A recent study by the Central Road Research Institute shows the expansion has led to a saving of R5,000 crore in terms of fuel consumption, manhours and pollution. Apart from Metro’s expansion, the govt is working on other New Age transport systems such as monorail and pod taxis.

News Source : Hindustan Times