New Delhi: As it prepares to open the
Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor by this month, Delhi
Metro has invited the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS)
to inspect the line for mandatory clearance.
The 12.53 kilometre-long corridor, which will be
integrated with the existing Qutub Minar-HUDA City Centre
(Gurgaon) line, would drastically reduce the travel between
the national capital and its satellite city of Gurgaon.
It will take less than an hour for commuters to reach
the Millennium City of Gurgaon from the city`s shopping hub of
Connaught Place once the line becomes operational, as compared
to at least 90 minutes by road.
The DMRC had yesterday invited the CMRS R K Kardam to
inspect the line for his mandatory clearance as civil and
other works on the corridor is almost complete.
"The DMRC`s letter inviting the CMRS to inspect the
line was received yesterday. It is being examined by the
CMRS," sources in the CMRS office said.
Asked when the CMRS is expected to inspect the line,
they said they are not in a position to give the exact date as
a number of documents which have been received have to be
DMRC wants to throw open the Central Secretariat-Qutub
Minar corridor to public by the end of this month before the
Commonwealth Games. It wants to inaugurate the other line that
connects Central Secretariat with Badarpur in south Delhi in
Trial runs on the corridor are being successfully
conducted the interaction of the Metro train with physical
infringements (civil structure) are being checked to ensure
that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the
train on the track.
Ultimately, the line will be attached to the existing
Jahangirpuri-Central Secretariat line and the entire distance
of around 42 km will be covered in less than 90 minutes.
The DMRC will then run 60 trains on the entire stretch
at a frequency of 3 minutes.
The Central Secretariat-HUDA City Centre line, built
at a total cost of Rs 3,720 crore, is expected to add over 3.4
lakh people to the Metro system by 2011.