Delhi Metro Rail (DMRC) of India has started work on the 14km Badarpur to YMCA Chowk (Faridabad) corridor, as part of the city’s metro rail expansion.
The Badarpur-Faridabad link is an extension of the existing 20.16km long Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor which will be integrated into the line after completion.
Part of Delhi Metro’s Phase-III expansion, the elevated line will have nine stations and cost Rs25.33bn ($495m).
The first piling work started near Sector 28, Faridabad, on the Mathura Road national highway, and is required to carry out foundation work for metro pillars that will have an average height of 9m. Over 500 pillars will be erected to make the viaduct for the line.
On the Badarpur to Faridabad corridor, DMRC will use pre-cast U-shaped girders to complete the viaduct in 20 months. DMRC will use a single span of about 27m in length and 160t in weight, which will be cast in advance at a casting yard near Sector 12 in Faridabad.
Once fully operational, Line-6 will run from Kashmere Gate to YMCA Chowk, at a length of 43.40km and with 32 stations. Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Metro Station will be the five interchange stations.
In February this year, DMRC was awarded the civil contract for the construction of the corridor, which will be commissioned by the end of 2014.
DMRC expects the line will carry about 214,000 passengers once it is completed in 2014.