The Millennium City’s wait for the national capital’s biggest infrastructure achievement of the last decade is slowly but steadily coming to an end. The Delhi Metro’s trial run on the tracks in Gurgaon will take place on January 29.
The stretch is part of the metro’s 14-km-long Qutub Minar-Gurgaon line.
Union Minister of Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will formally flag off trial in the presence of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Haryana government officials.
The DMRC officials, however, have clarified that residents of Gurgaon will be able to enjoy the Metro ride only from April. That’s when the metro’s commercial operation in the outsourcing hub begins.
DMRC chief E. Sreedharan said the last stretch of Line 2 (Qutub Minar-Gurgaon) is almost ready and the trial run on the Gurgaon stretch (7.40 km) — between HUDA City Center and Mehrauli border —will be flagged off on January 29.
“Two train sets for Line No. 2 have already arrived and 12 more will reach in March. This line too will have a dedicated signaling system and will not be crowded at all,” Sreedharan said.
“The commercial operation on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon line will start only from April as there is no point shuttling a train on the Gurgaon stretch between Sushant Lok and further till Sultanpuri with just seven stations on it,” said Daljit Singh, the chief project officer, DMRC (Gurgaon Line).
“The work on Chhatarpur station is still underway as it had got delayed because of land acquisition issue that has finally been resolved. The stretch beyond Sultanpuri would be completed by April only.”
Singh said the civil work on Gurgaon-Sultanpuri stretch had been completed. “The work of electrification is in the final stage,” he said.