Running at least six months ahead of its schedule, the Delhi Metro has almost completed civil work on the Central Secretariat-Mandi House corridor and plans to start trial runs on the stretch by December 30 this year.
“The construction work for this three-kilometre underground stretch, which is part of the Central Secretariat -Kashmere Gate Metro Line, is almost complete and would be opened by March. With this, the first interchange station of Phase 3 at Mandi House will be operational,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate Corridor is an extension of the existing Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor. This section will provide interchange facility at two stations -- Central Secretariat and Mandi House.
Sources, however, indicated that at this pace, the line may be operational as early as February. As per the original plan, the line was scheduled to be operational only by October, 2014.
“The opening of this stretch has been advanced by about six months as this stretch will help a lot in decongesting the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, as the Noida and Vaishali-bound commuters of the Badarpur-Central Secretariat Line will be able to change trains at Mandi House without changing trains twice at Central Secretariat and then at Rajiv Chowk.
The existing Mandi House station caters to around 10,000 commuters daily and is expected to see increased footfalls of up to 70,000 once it becomes an interchange station, said officials.
“During the trial runs, the interaction of the Metro train with physical infringements (civil structure) will be checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. The entire signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing,” Dayal said.In addition, the response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre will also be monitored during the trials.
The behaviour of the track system and the Over Head Electrification will be checked repeatedly during all the trials.