The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has said that he would be able to fix a date for the mandatory safety inspection of the Gurgaon-Qutub Minar metro line only in the coming 10-12 days.
The physical inspection would take additional an two-three days, before the no-objection-certificate (NOC) can be issued to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for commercial operation of the line.
However, sources indicated that deciding on the flag-off date jointly for union minister Jaipal Reddy, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and possibly Delhi chief minister Sheila Sikshit could take another few days.
Thus, the launch date could be pushed back to the end of the June.
It may even coincide with the opening of the Central Secretariat (CTST)--Qutub Minar line that is slated to become operational in July.
However, DMRC officials offered no comments on the issue.
“Before confirming the inspection date to DMRC, I would go through papers submitted by the DMRC on May 25 and see if they are sufficient or not. Generally, DMRC is supposed to give us one-month notice for the inspection date,” RK Kardam, CMRS told Hindustan Times.
On May 12, DMRC officials had claimed that the Gurgaon-Qutub Minar metro line was ready for inspection as all the necessary works related to civil, signaling, tracks, electrification, telecom, bridges and fire had been completed.
They were awaiting for the inspection date from the CMRS. The trail run on this line except for the 1.1 km long Chhatartpur-Qutub Minar stretch has been completed.
The trial run of the balance stretch had begun from May 15 and is still underway.
Anuj Dayal, chief public relations officer, DMRC refused to comment on the issue of the inspection.
Dayal also refused to confirm the tentative time for the start of the commercial operation of the Gurgaon-Qutub Minar metro line.