The commissioner of Metro rail safety, R.K. Kardam, on Friday issued a no-objection certificate to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), paving way for the start of the Qutub Minar-Gurgaon Metro line. The commissioner had inspected the stretch for two days on June 9 and 10.
The 14.47-km stretch between Qutub Minar and Gurgaon is ready for plying of seven trains.
The stretch has 10 stations in between but would stop at only nine as one of them, the Chhatarpur station, is still not ready for use.
However, the 12.53-km Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar underground stretch is likely to be ready by mid-July only after Gurgaon is directly connected to Connaught Place.
“It is now up to the DMRC to decide on the commercial operation of the Qutub-Gurgaon Line as we have done our job and issued them the certificate for the same after inspecting the stretch,” Kardam told Hindustan Times.
It is still not clear whether the commercial operation of Gurgaon Metro service would be flagged off with or without the VVIP presence of ministers such as Union minister for urban development Jaipal Reddy, Delhi chief minister Shiel Dikshit and Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The DMRC officials expressed their inability to comment on the exact date of the Gurgaon line's opening as they said it was to be decided by the higher ups in the Union urban development ministry and may be the Haryana government also.
A close associate of Hooda, however, said on Friday that the state government would like to formally inaugurate the Metro Service in Gurgaon and the process would be initiated to fix a date for the chief minister to do the same.