The plan for the Delhi metro stemmed from a government transport study of the city completed in 1990.
The client's project managers Parsons Brinckerhoff/Pacific International Consultants completed outline designs for Line 1 before a design and build tender was awarded last year. The contract is estimated to be worth -1bn, was split into two sections. The northern half, MC1A, is a joint venture including UK consultant Maunsell and contractor Skanska. The southern MC1B was awarded to the construction consortium International Metro Civil Contractors, led by Dyckerhoff & Widmann of Germany, with Shimizu Corporation of Japan, Samsung of Korea and local firms Larsen & Toubro and Ircon International. Mott MacDonald was appointed to advise on design of the 6.6km of tunnels in March 2001.
Lines 2 and 3 are expected to run overground to complete the 62.5km network by the end of 2005. A further 33.5km will then be commissioned.
A soft loan from the Japanese Bank of International Co-operation will cover around 55% of the -2.25bn cost, the rest coming from government.