Crossing the Delhi border for the first time, the Metro on Monday carried out a trial run on the 8-km stretch between its Yamuna Bank and Noida Sector 16 stations.
The trial run will continue for a week and is likely to be extended from Noida Sector 16 to Noida Sector 32 stations in the first week of November.
DMRC officials said they would open the 13.5-km Yamuna Bank –Noida Sector 32 corridor in the second week of November. They said for this they would have to conduct a successful trial of the entire section for at least a week.
“The trial run began at 12.30 pm after a small puja at the Yamuna Bank depot. Two round trips were conducted successfully between 12.30 and 4.00 pm on this section,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.
The entire signaling network, based on the automatic train protection (ATP) system, is also being tested during the trials.
Senior DMRC officials said this section would be integrated with the existing 34-km Yamuna Bank-Dwarka Sector 9 line. The total length of the Line 3 will then be extended to 47.4 kms.
About 53,000 passengers are expected to join the existing ridership of more than nine lakh on the Metro system after the opening of the Noida corridor, DMRC officials added.
Jubilation at NOIDA
It was celebration time for Noida residents, more so as they felt it would be a boon before the annual Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan.
“Thousands of people visit the Trade Fair daily from Noida. Metro Rail will provide direct transport to the fair,” said Dinesh Jain, president Noida Management Association.
Meanwhile, the rear windshield of a Honda City car was broken after a stone fell from the metro track below the Sector 32 metro station around 3 pm. DMRC officials said the passengers/owners would be compensated if they approached them.