Delhi-Gurgaon Metro link still a week away
Residents of Gurgaon have to wait for at least a week to enjoy the Metro comfort with the DMRC still undecided on when to thrown open the Gurgaon-Qutub Minar corridor as it is busy carrying out corrections which were pointed out during the CMRS inspection.delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2010 19:40 IST
Residents of Gurgaon have to wait for at least a week to enjoy the Metro comfort with the DMRC still undecided on when to thrown open the Gurgaon-Qutub Minar corridor as it is busy carrying out corrections which were pointed out during the CMRS inspection.
It was speculated that the 14.47 km link connecting the millennium city with South Delhi will be inaugurated by tomorrow but DMRC officials say the line is likely to be inaugurated only sometime next week.
The DMRC had on Saturday received the mandatory no-objection certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) R K Kardam after he inspected the entire corridor on Wednesday and Thursday last.
"We have got the clearance. But with the no-objection certificate, we also got a 2-page annexure citing the changes and corrections which need to be done. We are currently carrying out those corrections," a DMRC spokesman said.
He said the line is due to be opened by the end of June.
Officials say the corrections will take a week’s time and the line is likely to be inaugurated sometime next week in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The Delhi Metro had earlier planned to inaugurate the entire 27km Central Secretariat-Gurgaon corridor in one go but now it wants to open the line in two stretches.
The line will ultimately be integrated to the Jehnagirpuri-Central Secretairat line and DMRC will put 60 trains at a frequency of 3 minutes on the line.
Once the Metro line to Gurgaon is opened, passengers can hope to reach the millennium city in around an hour from the city’s heart of Connaught Place.
By road, it takes more than 90 minutes to reach Gurgaon and during peak hour traffic it takes even two hours.