STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 29 October
To oversee the progress of Phase III metro work, the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Mr Mangu Singh, today made an inspection of the on-going underground metro project in South Delhi.
 He visited the construction sites at South Extension, INA, Sarojini Nagar and Bhikaji Cama Place and the traffic diversion plans being executed by Delhi Metro at some of the intersections.
 While going through traffic plan, Mr Singh observed that the lighting done along the barricades of construction site along South Extension should also focus on the road traffic and pedestrian movement.
 "The footpath leading to the South Extension market should be improved by Delhi Metro and engineers should ensure that extra traffic marshals are deployed at this location for smooth movement in view of expected upcoming festival rush," said Mr Singh.
 The Managing Director was satisfied with the underground tunneling work going on at INA, but asked the engineers to expedite the work at other underground stretches.
 He asked the engineers to lay special emphasis on providing pedestrians walkways along the metro sites and ease of traffic movement for commuters surrounding the area. DMRC has already constructed a foot-over-bridge (FOB) at South Extension to facilitate the cross movement of commuters.
 Earlier this month on 17 October, DMRC had started the underground tunneling work between INA and South Extension by lowering the first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) at INA. 
 "The underground stretch between Bhikaji Cama Place and Lajpat Nagar will witness a total of eight TBM launchings. It includes two TBM launches from INA to South Extension, two from South Extension to Lajpat Nagar, two from Sarojini Nagar to INA and two more TBM launches from Bhikaji Cama Place to Sarojini Nagar," said Mr Singh.
 DMRC is slated to construct 53 km of underground Metro lines as part of its Phase III construction work for which about 34 TBMs are expected to be used. A total of 74 tunnels will be constructed in this phase. The tunneling work between Central Secretariat and ITO on the 9.37-km-long Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridor has been already completed.