The wait for the Metro service between Qutub Minar and Central Secretariat just got longer.
The 12.53-kilometre long corridor, which was said to be ready by August, is yet to get a safety clearance and will not be operational before September.
"We cannot make the corridor operational this month as we planned to. We did not get clearance certificates on fire safety and lift and escalators by middle of August as we expected. That is the major reason for the delay. Otherwise we were ready to open the much-
awaited stretch," said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official.
According to the official, the DMRC couldn't meet the deadline, as commissioner of Metro Rail Safety R.K. Kardam is yet to inspect the line and give a go-ahead.
He said Kardam has decided to inspect the stretch on August 30 and 31. "The service will be made operational only after we get a statutory safety clearance from him," the official said.
Kardam, on the other hand, offers a different reason.
"We got the papers from DMRC on August 23. It takes time to scrutinise them and then physically inspect the route," he explained.
It has also been learnt that DMRC did not get all necessary technical clearances for the underground station on time. "We cannot make the corridor operational this month as we planned to. We did not get clearance certificates on fire safety and lift and escalators by middle of August as we expected. That is the major reason for the delay," said Mangu Singh, Director (Works) DMRC.
Once operational, this corridor will be integrated with the Qutub Minar - HUDA City Centre (Gurgaon) route.
"We are hoping to connect Central Secretariat with HUDA City Centre by September 2 or 3. The Central Secretariat - Badarpur corridor will also be operational by the third week of September," said a DMRC official.