This was probably the first time the Delhi Metro started a new section without the 'Metro Man' making a last minute inspection of the corridor and flagging off the first train.
Two days after the Metro started running between Gurgaon and Qutub Minar, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) managing director Elattuvalapil Sreedharan made a surprise inspection of the 14.47 kilometre line on Wednesday.
He told his team to find more space to expand the parking lot at Qutub Minar station and reviewed the progress of Chhatarpur metro station, which is still not opened for public.
Hindustan Times accompanied Sreedharan on the inspection. Excerpts from an exclusive interview:
This is first time you visited the corridor since it is opened. What are your observations?
My team has done an excellent job. However, there is scope for improvement in some areas. The passenger traffic on this line will go up considerably with the extension of this line to Central Secretariat station. There is a need to make changes at certain stations so that there are minimal clash points for passengers.
Any other area of improvement you would like to concentrate upon?
Our stations need effective connectivity in the form of feeder transport. We have provided feeder bus service at Qutub Minar station and would like the same to happen for the HUDA City Centre station too.
Do you have intra-city Metro expansion plans in Gurgaon - towards Manesar and Sector 55/56?
The Haryana government has yet not come up with any proposal to extend the existing Gurgaon Metro line.
What about Metro extension from Dwarka to Gurgaon?
On the request of Haryana government, we are about to start physical survey for the high-speed Metro Link between with IGI Airport and Gurgaon. This line would connect Dwarka (Sector 21) and IFFCO Chowk and would be an extension of Airport Express Metro Line. It will be about 7-8 km long.
Has there been any development on the Faridabad Metro extension?
The Centre as well as Delhi government have informally cleared the project. As soon as we get a formal approval from both, we will begin our work. Meanwhile, we have advised the Haryana government to start the land acquisition process.