Badarpur Metro line to open only till Sarita Vihar
Delhi Metro’s Central Secretariat line, which is likely to open on October 2, will only open till Sarita Vihar initially.delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2010 23:50 IST
Delhi Metro’s Central Secretariat line, which is likely to open on October 2, will only open till Sarita Vihar initially.
While all civil work, installation of equipment and electrification and signalling of stations up to Sarita Vihar are complete, DMRC officials said they were yet to complete overhead electrification and signalling of about 5-km stretch from Sarita Vihar to Badarpur.
“While we are prepared to open the section up to Sarita Vihar, some work is still left on the stretch beyond that, which will take another 4-5 days,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
DMRC on Tuesday sent a formal request to the commissioner of metro rail safety for inspection. The inspection is likely to take place on September 30 and October 1.
“The remaining stretch on this line, which includes three stations, Mohan Cooperative Estate, Tughlaqabad and Badarpur, will be ready in next few days. We hope to open that stretch before October 10,” a senior DMRC official said.
DMRC had earlier said it would complete the construction of Delhi Metro’s phase II, a network of 125-kilometre spread on six new corridors, before the Games. DMRC had targeted to finish 20.01-km Central Secretariat-Badarpur line by June 2010.
DMRC officials said they would deploy 29 standard gauge trains to cater to a ridership of more than 3 lakh people. The trains will be parked and maintained at Sarita Vihar depot.
“We had to open this stretch up to Sarita Vihar as our depot for this line is located there. We concentrated our manpower and efforts to complete the section up to the depot,” a senior engineer said.