Delhi Metro’s first standard gauge line, from Mundka, an industrial area in west Delhi, to Inderlok, is likely to open on April 2.
According to Delhi government sources, chief minister Sheila Dikshit is expected to inaugurate the section, along with union urban development minister Jaipal Reddy.
The section will open for general public from April 3.
According to sources, construction of the 15.10-km-long section is complete; it requires final clearance from the commissioner of railway safety before finally being thrown open for commercial purposes.
“The commissioner of railway safety is carrying out a safety inspection of this section. We can open the section once this line gets safety clearance,” a senior DMRC official said.
The Inderlok-Mundka line is the first line connecting two already operational lines —Dilshad Garden--Rithala Line (Line 1) at Inderlok Metro station and Noida--Dwarka line (Line 3) at Kirti Nagar metro station.
While the Inderlok section is expected to open on April 2, the 3.5-km Ashok Park-Kirti Nagar part of this line, a small extension that branches off at Ashok Park metro station, will take at least two more months to open.
Simply put, commuters on the Inderlok - Mundka Line will only be connected with Line 1 initially.
Its connection with Line 3 will be available not before May 2010. At Inderlok, commuters will be able to interchange for Dilshad Garden-Rithala line from the same
The Inderlok-Mundka line, which will be known as Green Line or Line 5, has several firsts associated with it. This will be the first line to have a connection with Northern Railway’s Ring Railway in Delhi. The section has 14 stations.
Senior DMRC officials said the section will open with 17 new standard gauge trains manufactured at Bengaluru.