Initial trial begins for 9.41km Ghaziabad Metro route
The corridor has eight stations at Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, river Hindon and New Bus Stand.Updated: Aug 26, 2018 02:55 IST
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has begun the initial trial run on the 9.41km Metro extension that will connect the Rithala-Dilshad Garden (Line 1) to Ghaziabad’s New Bus Stand via a fully elevated corridor. A spokesperson for the agency said that after the preliminary trial, the signalling trial will begin soon.
The project cost is pegged at ₹2,210 crore as per the revised detailed project report; the Metro is most likely to initiate services by the end of 2018. The corridor has eight stations at Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, river Hindon and New Bus Stand.
“During the trial run, the interaction of the Metro train with physical infringements (civil structures) will be checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. The entire signalling system will also undergo rigorous testing,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
They said that the six coach trains presently running on the Rithala Line (Red Line) will be extend their run to Ghaziabad. The Red Line presently operates on a 25.09km route and the new extension in Ghaziabad will increase the entire route to a length of 34.5km.
“These are six-coach trains; the number can be extended to eight coaches once the route becomes operational,” the spokesperson said.
During the trial run, the response of the train at different speeds, braking and interconnection with the operations control centre will also be monitored.
The behaviour of the track system and the overhead electrification will be checked repeatedly as well.
DMRC sources said that construction activities for the corridor had posed a major challenge, as the section runs along the busy GT Road.
They added that the stations along the corridor had been specially designed with the station buildings on either side of the road and the platform on the central verge. The platforms were not a part of the station buildings and were connected to each station building with the help of foot overbridges (FOB) on either side.
“Only the River Hindon station building is a standard station with a single building off the road and the platform inside the station building. This is the only station where the alignment also has gone off the road,” the spokesperson said.
After the 2.57km Anand Vihar to Vaishali link, this will be the second Metro route in Ghaziabad and will benefit thousands of commuters from trans-Hindon areas as well as from Ghaziabad city who use the Metro network to travel to Delhi.
The Ghaziabad agencies have also proposed two more routes — Sector 62 to Sahibabad and Vaishali to Mohan Nagar. The two proposed routes are likely to cost nearly ₹4,000 crore.
First Published: Aug 26, 2018 02:55 IST