Only 3.9 % Dyal Singh land required for Metro Station: DMRC

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New Delhi, Apr 15 (UNI) Responding to protests over its acquisition of land at Dyal Singh college in South Delhi for construction of a station on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur Line, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation today said it required only 3.9 per cent of the college land on a permanent basis.

In a statement issued here today, DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dyal said as against the 51800 sq m area of the college, the DMRC required only 7218 sq m, i.e 13.9 per cent of the total land of which only 2019 sq m 93.9 per cent) was required on a permanent basis.

The remaining 5199 sq m was required only on a temporary basis.

On the urgency showed by the DMRC in acquiring the land, the spokesperson said,''this line (Central Secretariat-Badarpur) has to be completed in 35.5 months only, which is the tightest target for DMRC so far. The take over has already been delayed considerably and the land is needed urgently by DMRC.'' Central Secretariat-Badarpur Line was approved by the GOM on April 20 last year and the target date for the completion is August 30, 2010.

The depth of the Station at Dyal Singh college will be 317 m while the width of the Entry/Exit in Dayal Singh College is 7 m.

There will be 5 entry/exit points - Dyal Singh College (North/West); Pragati Vihar Hostel (South/West); Three Entry/Exit points at CGO Complex (North/East and South/East).

Responding to arguments that the station could alternatively be constructed on the CRPF Ground or the nearby Nallah, the spokesperson said,''constructing the station at the CRPF ground is not feasible due to a sharp vertical curve in the alignment right after the station box of proposed JLN Station.

The vertical curve is 300 m of radius and the minimum curve required for station area is 1000 m. If we move towards the South, that is towards the CRPF Ground, it would be very difficult to divert the utilities of the Jal Board Pumping Station. As for building it on the Nallah, after crossing Naala we have to make a shaft for taking up tunneling work through tunnel boring machine upto the proposed Khan Market Metro Station.'' UNI AR ARB ND1840

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