The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has extended its trial runs on the upcoming Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor up to Botanical Garden in Noida from the Kalindi Kunj depot. Earlier in August, trial runs were extended between Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji Mandir stations of the corridor.
Last week, HT reported about DMRC’s fresh deadlines for its Phase 3 project wherein the stretch from Botanical Garden-Kalkaji is scheduled to open in February next year.
This corridor, part of the Magenta line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West) will be the first to be commissioned in Phase 3, other than the Heritage Line (ITO-Kashmere Gate) which will open to public by December end.
“Now trials are in progress on a 13.5km stretch from Botanical Garden till Kalkaji Mandir. During these trials, the interface of the metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done,” a DMRC spokesperson said in a statement.
Earlier in August, trial runs were initiated between Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji Mandir stations of the same corridor. Delhi metro’s new UTO (Unattended Train Operations) enabled trains will operate on this corridor.
“This particular section consists of nine elevated stations like Botanical Garden which will be an inter-change with the Blue Line, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Jasola Vihar and so on. Civil work on all stations is complete and finishing activities are in progress,” the official explained.
The Botanical Garden metro station will be the national capital region’s (NCR’s) first ever interchange facility. It is only after these trial runs are over that the DMRC will begin trial of the new signaling technology that will be implemented on this corridor.
“This depot is also unique as it will also have the facility of solar panels,” the official said. Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will also undergo rigorous testing. The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behaviour of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly,” the official added.
The trial run section also passes over the new Yamuna-bridge at Kalindi Kunj which connects the Delhi portion of the corridor with Noida.
After this, the next stretch to open in June will be Mukundpur-Lajpat Nagar of the Pink Line (Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar).