CM Arvind Kejriwal clears the way for new metro corridor from Janakpuri to RK Ashram; another major section of Delhi will now have improved access to the metro

CM Arvind Kejriwal’s timely intervention helps clear pendency coming in way of Janakpuri—RK Ashram Metro Corridor’s link at Derawal Nagar; construction of new line to pick up pace now

CM Arvind Kejriwal has given his approval for clearing a long pending obstruction in the metro project

CM’s nod will help residents of West & Central Delhi by connecting Magenta Line’s Janakpuri West Station to Blue Line’s RK Ashram Station

A park was coming in the way of the Janakpuri—RK Ashram Metro Corridor route at Derawal Nagar; DMRC had sought clearance for removal and transplantation of trees from the site

CM Arvind Kejriwal has granted permission to DMRC for removal and transplantation of 316 trees on the site on the condition that 3,160 new trees be planted as compensation

Janakpuri to RK Ashram Corridor will run through several densely populated areas of Delhi including Sadar Bazar, Pulbangash, Ghanta Ghar, Derawal Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Azadpur, Pitampura, Mangolpuri, Peeragarhi, Paschim Vihar, Keshopur


NEW DELHI:20.10.22-Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal cleared the way for the upcoming Janakpuri—RK Ashram Metro Corridor on Thursday. With this another major section of Delhi will now have improved access to the metro. The CM’s timely intervention in the project has helped clear a pendency that was long due and was coming in the way of Janakpuri—RK Ashram Metro Corridor’s link at Derawal Nagar. The project will pick up pace now. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s intervention and approval for the clearance of a long pending obstruction in the project will help connect West Delhi and Central Delhi by connecting Magenta Line’s Janakpuri West Station to Blue Line’s RK Ashram Station. Notably, a park was coming in the way of the Janakpuri—RK Ashram Metro Corridor route at Derawal Nagar. The DMRC had sought clearance for removal and transplantation of trees from the site which had been stuck for some time. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has granted permission on behalf of the Delhi Government, to the DMRC for removal and transplantation of 316 trees on the site on the condition that 3,160 new trees be planted as compensation. The Janakpuri to RK Ashram Corridor will run through several densely populated areas of Delhi including R.K. Ashram, Nabi Karim, Sadar Bazar, Pulbangash, Ghanta Ghar, Derawal Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Azadpur, Majlis Park, Bhalaswa, Haiderpur Badli Mor, North Pitampura, Prashant Vihar, Madhuban Chowk, Deepali Chowk, Pushpanjali Enclave, West Enclave, Mangolpuri, Peeragarhi, Paschim Vihar, Keshopur, Krishna Park Extn and Janakpuri West.

Talking about the development, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “We have cleared the path for construction of a new metro corridor between Janakpuri and RK Ashram, today. DMRC has been given permission to remove and transplant 316 trees obstructing the project, provided they compensate by planting 3,160 more trees. The corridor is part of Delhi Metro's Phase 4. With this, another major section of Delhi will now have improved access to the Metro. Access to public transport is the lifeline of any modern city. This will help people opt for cleaner transport & leave their vehicles behind.”

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal today granted his approval for the removal and transplantation of 316 trees that were coming in the way of Delhi Metro Phase-Four’s construction. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has proposed the construction of a new Delhi Metro corridor extending from Janakpuri to RK Ashram. Being an extension of the Magenta line of the metro, the corridor is touted to cover many densely populated areas of Delhi. It will connect the Janakpuri West station on Magenta Line with the RK Ashram station on the Blue Line. It aims to help lacs of locals connect to the metro network. However, the route is passing by a park near Gurudwara Nanak Piao at Derawal Nagar. The park contains a stretch of 316 trees, causing hindrance in the construction. This particular area is of importance to the project as this will be the confluence of the elevated section and the underground section of the metro. Notably, the metro line is being constructed as an elevated corridor towards Derawal Nagar and will then take the underground route towards RK Ashram. Thus, the DMRC through its Chief Project Manager, wrote a letter to the Delhi Government seeking approval for removal and transplantation of 316 trees to clear the way at the site.

Given the importance of the new metro line, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal took cognisance of the larger interest of the people of Delhi, and gave his nod to speed up the work by clearing the obstruction. The corridor is of around 29 kms in length. The project will cover the areas of R.K. Ashram, Nabi Karim, Sadar Bazar, Pulbangash, Ghanta Ghar, Derawal Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Azadpur, Majlis Park, Bhalaswa, Haiderpur Badli Mor, North Pitampura, Prashant Vihar, Madhuban Chowk, Deepali Chowk, Pushpanjali Enclave, West Enclave, Mangolpuri, Peeragarhi, Paschim Vihar, Keshopur, Krishna Park Extn and Janakpuri West.

Approving the proposal, the Delhi Government has noted that out of the 316 trees, the DMRC will transplant 185 trees of indigenous and native species from the site, while it will take up felling of 131 trees only of the non-native species. The Delhi Government has further instructed the DMRC to not damage a single tree at the site other than those that have been identified and approved by the government. If any tree apart from the 316 approved ones is damaged, it shall constitute an offence under Delhi Preservation of Trees Act 1994.

The Delhi Government has further made it mandatory on the agency to plant ten times the trees, in lieu of the removal and transplantation. Thus, the DMRC will now plant 3,160 new tree saplings, besides transplanting 58% of the trees at the site. These 3,160 trees will be planted upon the identified land parcels within 3 months from the date on which the permission for shifting of the trees will be issued. The DMRC will further take the responsibility of maintaining the trees for the next seven years, as per Delhi Government’s guidelines. As per the proposal approved by the Delhi Government, various species of trees that suit the soil and climate of Delhi will be planted in lieu of the removal and transplantation of the trees. These include Neem, Amaltas, Pipal, Pilkhan, Gular, Bargad, Desi Kikar and Arjun among other species. These trees will be planted as saplings of 6-8 feet height on non-forest lands.

As for the trees that have to be transplanted, the DMRC has been instructed to start the process immediately after fulfilling requisite conditions, and complete it within 6 months. The DMRC will further submit a report on the same to the Tree Officer for supervision. The Delhi Government has asked the DMRC to scrupulously abide by the Tree Transplantation Policy 2020 for the project and submit regular progress reports on the same. The DMRC must ensure that for all transplanted trees that do not survive indigenous tree species with 15 feet height and at least 6 inch diameter are planted in 1:5 ratio. If any tree is found to have a nest of birds then it will not be allowed to be felled or transplanted till the birds abandon the tree. Further, the lops and tops of the trees shall be sent to the nearest crematorium for free by the DMRC within 90 days of its felling.