Four months after it was scheduled to be operational, Metro on the much-awaited Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor is all set to start rolling from Saturday—a day before the inauguration of Commonwealth Games.
This 20.16 km stretch will start immediately after Metro’s Airport Express Line — connecting New Delhi Railway station and Dwarka — becomes operational.
The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is presently physically inspecting the airport express line, which will be completed on Tuesday. On the next day, CMRS will inspect the small stretch between Dwarka Sector 9 and Sector 21. He will then inspect the Central Secretariat-Badarpur stretch, which are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
“We are ready with our infrastructure and will start our service immediately after getting clearance from CMRS. We are committed to make the line operational before the Games and we will not miss the deadline,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of DMRC.
The stretch was initially scheduled to be operational by June. But it failed because of last year’s accident at Zamrudpur when a Metro pier crashed crash resulted in the loss of several lives.
“The Zamrudpur incident had delayed the project by almost four months. But it is not going to miss the Games deadline,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
The Metro trial run for the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor has been extended to Sarita Vihar Depot on Monday.
This whole stretch undergoing the Metro train trial run at present covers 13 Metro Stations and the depot with Lajpat Nagar, Moolchand, Kailash Colony, Nehru Place, Kalkaji Mandir, Govindpuri, Okhla, Jasola and Sarita Vihar Metro Stations being the elevated ones and the Central Secretariat, Khan Market, JLN Stadium and Jangpura being the underground ones.
This is the second Standard Gauge corridor after the Inderlok–Mundka corridor of the DMRC.
In the process, the Metro trains will pass over the Moolchand Cable-Stayed Bridge that is one of the milestones in the Delhi Metro construction.
The bridge has been constructed at a height of 12 metre above the Ring Road passing beneath it and has been built on only two pillars (piers).
The bridge was constructed without disrupting over 20,000 vehicles that cross below the flyover everyday, informed a DMRC source.