Jaipur Metro work right on track, says E Sreedharan

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Jaipur:  Expressing his satisfaction with the pace at which the Metro route is being built in Jaipur, the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), E Sreedharan, said the agency would be able to meet the June 30, 2013, deadline.

Sreedharan, along with DMRC project director Lalit Meghnani, inspected the Metro route from Mansarovar to Chandpol. They reached the casting yard at Bhankrota early on Wednesday morning and sought information on terminal and pile testing for the 9.25-km-long track.

Addressing a gathering of mediapersons after the inspection, Sreedharan said the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation has proposed to build Metro stations at short distances for public convenience.

Explaining the need for erecting stations at short distances, Sreedharan said it is a standard practice for all Metro trains.

"We have done it earlier too. It keeps the train from becoming crowded and makes the mode of transport extremely convenient. If we maintain a distance of about a kilometre between two stations, no one would walk. Instead, they would use their own vehicles, defeating the purpose of the Metro," he told the reporters while clarifying the reason for proposing four stations on a 2km-stretch from Gurjar ki Thari to Sodala.

However, the traders union of New-Sanganer Road has opposed the establishment of two stations located within half-a-kilometre of each other.

Talking about the technical problems being faced because of the Ajmer railway overbridge, Sreedharan said, "A single agency will be appointed for this work, which will look after all aspects related to the road and railway departments. The DMRC will always be available for consultation." He added that acquisition of shops and houses is a standard process for developing any new train route.

Meanwhile people in Chandpol, too, have protested against the government's decision to acquire their shops and land for the project. Voicing their concern, people said they should be allotted land in nearby area if their shops lie in the Metro route and have to be demolished.

However, DMRC officials did not discuss this issue with the people as acquisition and compensation are the state government's responsibility.

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