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Gurgaon a step closer to the Metro experience

The final countdown has begun for the Metro to chug into Gurgaon. The DMRC on Wednesday invited the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for a final inspection of the line. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.

india Updated: May 13, 2010 01:30 IST

The final countdown has begun for the Metro to chug into Gurgaon.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Wednesday invited the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for a final inspection of the line.

Once the commissioner gives the go-ahead, decks will be cleared for the 14.47-km Sushant Lok-Qutab Minar section to open in early June. The line has 10 stations, five in Delhi.

The Haryana Fire Services department has also issued no objection certificates (NOCs) to all five stations in Gurgaon, clearing a major hurdle.

"After receiving NOCs from the fire department, we are ready with the Gurgaon-Qutab Minar Metro line as all pending works relating to signaling, tracks, electrification, telecom, bridges and fire are complete," said Daljit Singh, chief of the Gurgaon Metro extension line.

Trial run on this track, except for the 1.1-km-long Chhatarpur-Qutab Minar stretch, has already been completed.

"Trial run of the remaining section is scheduled to start from May 15," said Singh.

The Haryana Fire Services Department had cleared four of the five metro stations on the Gurgaon stretch, including Dronacharya, Sikanderpur, City Centre and IFFCO about 10 days back.

But it had refused to clear the Sushant Lok Metro station as it had failed to meet set norms. The final NOC for this station was issued on Tuesday.

Daljit Singh said the DMRC was waiting for the NOC for the Sushant Lok station, which was allegedly delayed by 10 days.

Gurgaon fire officer HS Sihag said, "We had to hold back the NOC to Sushant Lok as it failed to meet our norms. Even now, we have not cleared the commercial area and the basement. The NOC is for the ground and first floors only."

Sihag claimed DMRC had put pressure on the fire department to issue NOCs to all the five stations even before the trial run of January 29.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union Minister Jaipal Reddy had flagged off the trial run.

He said, "We had refused to oblige as it was not ready with the required fire safety arrangements on all five stations."

DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal denied putting pressure on the fire department.

Dayal , however, said DMRC would always maintain pressure on various agencies for early completion of the projects in the large interest of the people.