“The civil work on the Trilokpuri section has been completed. Now preparations are on for the next phase of the work, such as track laying and other ancillary components,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC.
The completion of track laying and installing of electrification and signalling systems will be followed by train trials across the Trilokpuri area. After the trial runs, the newly constructed section will require safety approvals for commercial operations to begin.
The 58.6-km Pink Line from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar is one of the most ambitious corridors built by DMRC. It is a ring corridor because it functions as an arc connecting all the existing corridors of the train network.
Unavailability of land at Trilokpuri had prevented DMRC from completing the crucial stretch connecting Mayur Vihar Pocket I and Trilokpuri stations. As a result, while one section of the corridor operates from Majlis Park to Mayur Vihar I, with trains reversing at the latter site, trains coming from Shiv Vihar return from Trilokpuri station.
Trilokpuri is a densely populated residential area and land needed for the construction of 10 Metro pillars proved scarce. The occupants of 108 plots in Block 15 had to be relocated to make the required land available for putting up the missing viaduct. DMRC was able to relocate most of the occupants to flats it built nearby and had floated tenders for the construction of the missing link in 2019 at a cost of Rs 15.6 crore.
The new viaduct has come up across 289 metres. The pillars to support the under-construction viaduct had come up last year. Bridging this gap had proved a huge challenge for DMRC till the last moment. Even as it was completing the work on a war footing, the farmers’ protest on Delhi’s borders almost stopped construction material coming from other states from reaching the work site on time. These included fabricated steel girder, which is a major construction material arriving from Punjab.
Once train operations start on this viaduct, the Pink Line will finally function as a single corridor and connect large parts of east Delhi with south and west Delhi. In addition, DMRC has started construction work on the 12.58-km Majlis Park–Maujpur corridor, which will turn the arc-like Pink Line into a complete circle. The Majlis Park-Maujpur corridor is part of DMRC’s Phase IV project and will boast the network’s first cantilever bridge across river Yamuna.