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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 14, 2012
The high-speed Airport Metro on Thursday carried two celebrities even though it awaits safety clearance after it shut down in July following detection of major flaws in its civil work. Bollywood actors Arbaaz Khan and Neha Dhupia along with others travelled in a Metro train between New Delhi and Dhaula Kuan while shooting for a commercial in the afternoon, said sources in the Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire company.

They, however, said the train moved at a restricted speed.

The corridor, commuter service on which was suspended in July following identification of major faults in the civil structure, was yet to get a safety certificate, mandatory to carrying passengers.

RK Kardam, commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS), said: "I do not know how the actors were allowed to commute in a train before the line was inspected."

According to Sudhir Krishna, secretary, ministry of urban development, repair works on the 22.7km corridor is complete and the line is awaiting a safety inspection. "The line will open after the CMRS gives his nod for commercial operations," he said.