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Metro to meet Games target

After the successful launch of the Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor last week, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is now working at war footing to make the 20.16-kilometre long Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor operational before the Commonwealth Games.

delhi Updated: Sep 08, 2010 01:54 IST
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After the successful launch of the Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor last week, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is now working at war footing to make the 20.16-kilometre long Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor operational before the Commonwealth Games.

The DMRC, which had commenced trial runs for the Central Secretariat –Lajpat Nagar section on July 23, has extended it to Moolchand, Kailash Colony and Nehru Place from Tuesday. “The trial runs will continue for a few days after which it will be extended up to Sarita Vihar in a phased manner for the 20.16 km long Central Secretariat—Badarpur corridor. The line is expected to be operational within 20 days,” said a DMRC official.

“This is the second standard gauge corridor after the Inderlok-Mundka corridor. The entire line consists of 16 stations,” said a DMRC spokesperson. Metro trains will pass over the Moolchand cable-stayed bridge, which is one of the milestones in the Delhi Metro construction.

Monday high: 14 lakh take a ride

The Delhi Metro broke its own highest ridership record on Monday with more than 14 lakh people taking a ride. This figure surpassed DMRC’s earlier record set around 10 days ago on August 26 when over 13.6 lakh people had travelled by the Metro. On Monday, Metro Line 3 (Dwarka-Noida City Centre) recorded the maximum ridership at 5,31,058 followed by Line 2 (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre) at 4,87,063 and Line 1 (Rithala to Dilshad Garden) at 2,80,774, said the DMRC.

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