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Metro Phase-II work to start in one go
Nidhi Sharma,TIMES NEWS NETWORK (13 AUGUST 2004 04:34:21 AM)

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Be it the upmarket Hauz Khas and Jor Bagh or the upcoming New Ashok Nagar or wannabe Jahangirpuri, Metro will start construction all over the city in one go.

And once again, Delhi will look towards Japan for loan for the project.

The present-day flyovers at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), crowded markets at AIIMS and Green Park will not be disturbed as tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be used to bore under the ground, with minimum vibrations over ground.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) director (projects and planning) C B K Rao said: "Construction will start at all the places simultaneously. We have a deadline of mid-2007, that will have to be achieved. So we will start all extensions together."

Space is available at All India Institute of Medical Sciences for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to build a station.

Rao said: "When AIIMS flyover was being constructed, we had already asked the civic agencies to leave space for us. They have left some space, so that we can occupy that area and start construction."

However, the Metro dilemma is IIT flyover. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is faced with an option of either going over the flyover or digging under it.

Rao said: "We are doing engineering studies. Though constructing Metro over the flyover will be a low-cost option but, it will mean additional height, which generally makes the commuter feel unsafe."

"So, we are weighing the option of going underground beyond IIT flyover. This is an area we will have to work on," Rao added.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has already constructed the highest station at Rajouri Garden. "Going to such a great height is always a disadvantage. If we go over the IIT flyover, the line will be very high," he added.

The funding of the Rs 9,000-crore phase 2 is another crucial factor.

As in phase 1, India will take a loan from the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC).

A senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official said: "Domestic borrowing would be more expensive. If we take a loan from Japan Bank of International Cooperation, after the assurance of the Government of India, the rate of interest is as low as 1.3%. So we prefer this over international or domestic borrowing."

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