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Metro’s Airport Line: Home Ministry to call meeting

The fate of Delhi Metro`s most sensitive link between Connaught Place and airport may be decided this week when the Home Ministry is likely to convene a meeting of officials from CISF and the concessionaire to break the stalemate.



New Delhi: The fate of Delhi Metro`s most
sensitive link between Connaught Place and the airport may be
decided this week when the Home Ministry is likely to convene
a meeting of officials from CISF and the concessionaire to
break the stalemate over the security issue.

The meeting is likely to be held tomorrow or Friday at
the instance of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), whose
representatives may also be invited for the meeting, sources
said.
The meeting comes 23 days after the Commissioner of
Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) gave his nod for the high-speed link
that promises to cover the 23-km distance in flat 18 minutes.

Home Ministry`s decision to convey a meeting of officials
from CISF and Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium comes a
week after the DMRC wrote to it seeking its intervention on
the issue.

While the Government and Delhi Metro are keen on
deploying CISF on the corridor like other metro lines in the
capital, the Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium wanted its
own security personnel to guard it.

Delhi Metro had last week said that the line will be
guarded by CISF, but modalities are yet to be worked out
between the security agency and the Delhi Airport Metro
Express Line Limited.

CISF and the DAMEPL have been holding discussions on
the number of people to be deployed by the CISF and private
security guards by the concessionaire. The last meeting was
held yesterday.

The DMRC had asked the Home Ministry to intervene and
expedite the matter.

Initially, trains on the Line will run at a speed of
105 kms per hour as against the promised speed of 120 km per
hour due to restrictions imposed by the CMRS. However, the
speed will be increased soon after its receives the nod from
Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
The corridor had failed the first safety test in
September 2010 and missed its Commonwealth Games deadline.
During the earlier inspection, Kardam had problems with speed
trials of the trains.

The link that connects the city`s shopping hub of
Connaught Place with the Indira Gandhi International Airport
has missed three deadlines -- October 3 (Commonwealth
Games), October 31 and December 31 -- set by the Delhi Metro
Rail Corporation and the Union Urban Development Ministry.

DMRC officials said the line may start with a 16-hour
run initially from 6 AM to 10 PM and be gradually increased.
The consortium says it is ready to run even for 20 hours a
day.

The line will open with four stations ? New Delhi,
Shivaji Stadium, IGI Airport and Dwarka Sec-21. Two other
stations -- Dhaula Kuan and Aerocity -- may open a little
later.

PTI

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