People going to Faridabad will soon have an alternative mode of transport as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is expected to open the extended Badarpur line by June-end.
After opening the ITO Metro station last week, Delhi Metro is now preparing for the inspection of nine stations on the Faridabad line after which the corridor will be thrown open to public.
“The trial runs on the entire stretch are in progress since April 12. All parameters of metro functioning are being checked before the formal beginning of operations. The line is expected to be opened soon after the mandatory safety inspection,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
The Badarpur-Faridabad extension will take the metro to Faridabad in Haryana for the first time. This line will be an extension of the violet line between ITO and Badarpur. The same section will expand up to Kashmere Gate on the other side from ITO.
“Once fully operational, Line-6 will run from Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar having a length of 43.4 km and 32 metro stations. Of these, five will be interchange stations - Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Mandir. A further extension of 3.2 km from Escorts Mujesar to Ballabhgarh will come up later,” the spokesperson added.
The commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has been intimated to inspect this elevated corridor of 13.875 km with nine stations.
Since the Metro line is parallel to the busy National Highway 2 connecting south Delhi with Faridabad, the DMRC has constructed nine new pedestrian over bridges (FOBs).
“All Metro stations have been designed in such a way that there are FOBs that will facilitate the movement of pedestrians not intending to travel by the Metro,” the spokesperson added.
DMRC has installed 37 lifts and 45 escalators at the nine stations. The lifts will be operated by the environment friendly regenerative braking technology.