Mangu Singh, the DMRC chief, said the utility was yet to complete the shifting of railings at Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate Metro stations, which led to the delay.
“We have to change the position of railings on the platforms of the two stations so that commuters can board and get down from the eight-coach trains. This cannot be done while the Metro trains are running because of the commuter rush in the stations,” Singh said.
“I hope that by December 20, the platforms in the stations will be ready and we can introduce at least two eight-coach trains on line No. 2 (the Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri route),” he added.
The DMRC conducted trial runs of the trains for about four months until October.
According to DMRC officials, a four-coach train can carry 1,480 passengers. The number can go up to about 2,220 in six-coach trains and about 3,000 in eight-coach trains.
Feeder bus deadlineThe DMRC has also missed the deadline for introduction of 300 feeder buses. They were scheduled to be introduced on city roads by November.
The November deadline was set by the DMRC after a parliamentary panel on urban development had asked it in April to ensure that new feeder buses begin plying in six months.