Delhi Metro is all set to enter the national capital region (NCR).
Metro’s Noida section, from Yamuna Bank to Noida Sector 32, will be opened for traffic in the second week of November.
“Keeping in mind the huge rush to Pragati Maidan during India International Trade Fair, we are trying to open this section around the same time,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson said.
The fortnight-long trade fair, held between November 14 and 27, witnesses a huge rush of visitors from Delhi and neighbouring areas.
The Noida line was initially slated to open in June 2009. Initially, shortage of Metro coaches delayed the section.
When DMRC looked certain to start the corridor, an under-construction pillar on the Central Secretariat- Badarpur line collapsed in July 11. The pillar had developed some cracks.
A committee formed by the DMRC to inspect all pillars constructed for phase II of the Delhi Metro later discovered minor cracks on 10 pillars on the Noida section. The strengthening of these pillars further delayed the opening of this line by three months.
The 13.5-kilometre section will have 10 stations — four in Delhi and six in Noida — and would add 53,000 passengers to the Metro’s current ridership of about nine lakh daily.
DMRC would initially use seven Metro trains to make this section operational. DMRC officials said alternate trains coming from Dwarka would go to Noida.
DMRC expressed its intent to start this section to Noida Authority last week.
The Noida section will be the first of the three NCR corridors — Noida, Gurgaon and Vaishali — to become operational.
While the Gurgaon line is expected to open in March 2010, the 2.57-kilometre Ghaziabad section, from Anand Vihar ISBT to Vaishali in Ghaziabad will become operational only in 2011.
DMRC officials said trial runs on the Noida section would start from next week.
“We will initially start trial runs between Yamuna Bank and Noida Sector 16. Trial runs on the remaining stretch in Noida (between Sector 16 and Sector 32) are expected in the first week of November,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
“The actual date of opening would depend upon the successful completion of trial runs and clearance by the commissioner for Metro railway safety,” the spokesperson added.