Ph-III Stuck In Land Mess – Times of India – 29-Nov-2014
December 3, 2014 - Uncategorized
Delay in acquisition of land is putting a question mark on the completion of the Delhi Metro’s Phase-III work. This is what DMRC boss Mangu Singh had written to the state chief secretary earlier this month. In the letter, Singh has clearly warned that if the identified pockets of land are not handed over immediately, commissioning of Phase-III could be impacted, and not completed on time.
The letter, a copy of which is with TOI, is candid about the impact of non-availability of these pockets of land. The total area is a measly 307m, said a Delhi government official. The letter also asks chief secretary D M Spolia to step in and “avoid the situation”. “You will appreciate that DMRC planned the work to accommodate the delay in handing over of the land at the above locations but any further delay now will affect the completion of Phase-III,” says the letter by the Delhi Metro chief. The letter goes on to say: “The line cannot be commissioned in time unless the land pockets are handed over immediately.” The letter was written on November 11. A copy of the letter has also been sent to lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.
The pockets of land identified affect line 7 (Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar) mostly, added the official. “The entire line is 56.8km long. But the line goes through highly congested areas, which are slowly being vacated for the Delhi Metro work,” said the government official.
The Mukundpur to Mayapuri stretch, which measures 12.5km is part of the list, as is the Mayapuri-Lajpat Nagar stretch. Both stretches have land areas, measuring between 46m and 84m, which is holding up work. While one 84m stretch consisting of a slum has held up the construction of the viaduct in Punjabi Bagh, another 83m stretch—again a slum—has held up work on the Naraina viaduct. The Punjabi Bagh station is also incomplete because of non-availability of land.
The biggest hold-up, however, is the depot scheduled to come up in Kalindi Kunj. Here, 2.15 lakh sqm of land, belonging to the DDA and UP irrigation department, is set to house the depot for line 8 (Janakpuri to Botanical Garden). Without this depot, the line cannot be commissioned, admitted the official. However, around 1 lakh sqm of DDA land is yet to be cleared for the construction.
“The land has been officially handed over by DDA but residents of Shram Vihar, which falls in that part, have gone to court on the acquisition. DMRC hasn’t been able to access the area as a result,” said the official.
Similarly, on paper, 108 plots in Trilokpuri have been handed over to Delhi Metro, but in reality, the land is yet to be cleared for construction work.
Government sources said that after the letter was received, two of the delayed pockets have been handed over to DMRC. “The depot at Vinod Nagar was stuck as the permission for tree-cutting was awaited. This has now been given to DMRC,” said the source. Also, a part of the land which falls between the Lajpat Nagar and IP extension stations has been handed over physically to Delhi Metro.