Residents of Noida and East Delhi will have to wait for some more time for the Metro trains as DMRC on Friday said these areas will be able to enjoy the comforts of the new age transport system by December.
DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan said the 13.1 km long Yamuna Bank-Noida Corridor will be inaugurated by the first week of December while the Anand Vihar section is likely to be thrown open to public by December-end or early January.
"The Noida corridor will be opened at one go. We are waiting for trains to come and we need at least seven trains to start operations on this corridor. We hope to get these trains by November and start the operations by early December," he told reporters.
Known for completing projects ahead of schedule, this will be the first time that the Delhi Metro will miss its deadline, thanks to the extra checks being conducted by the DMRC which is overcautious after a few mishaps.
Stressing that there was no need for anxiety with regard to safety, Sreedharan said 11 cantilever piers on the Noida corridor are being strengthened as a precautionary measure and the work will be over in a month.
He said the Anand Vihar line will be opened as soon as we get the required number of trains. "We have a shortage of trains. Once we get the trains they have to go through a rigorous process of checking and testing. Only after the DMRC is fully satisfied, we induct them into service".
Delhi Metro began the trial runs on the Yamuna Bank-Noida corridor on July 26 with the train running up to New Ashok Nagar station on the Delhi-UP border. The trial run from New Ashok Nagar to Noida Sector-60 is expected to begin soon.