Safety Commissioner inspects Mundka Metro line
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 00:39
New Delhi: The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety today inspected the Inderlok-Mundka corridor, the country's first standard gauge line as the DMRC prepares to inaugurate the much-awaited route by this week.

Once opened, the 15.1 km corridor would benefit lakhs of people in the national capital's west and northwest areas.

The corridor, also called the Green Line, will connect two existing stations --Inderlok (on Dilshad Garden-Rithala line) and Kirti Nagar (on Dwarka Sec9-Noida City Centre/ Anand Vihar line).

"R K Kardam, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety inspected the line today. The inspection would continue tomorrow also and after which it is expected that he would give the no-objection certificate," a DMRC official said.

Once the DMRC gets the no-objection certificate, it will open the line by next week. DMRC had earlier said it would inaugurate the Inderlok-Mundka line by March 31 as per schedule.

This will be the first standard gauge metro line in the country. DMRC's other lines are broad gauge. This will make the Delhi Metro probably the only Metro in the world which will operate on both standard gauge and broad gauge in the same city.

Standard gauge lines have a width of 4 feet x 8.5 inches between the tracks while broad gauge lines have a width of 5 feet x 6 inches between the tracks.

DMRC projects that at least 2.5 lakh commuters would be added to Metro's expanding network in the capital by the end of 2010 with the opening of the Mundka-Inderlok line. The line would benefit lakhs of commuters in the city's west and northwest.

The line will have 14 stations -- Inderlok, Ashok Park (Main), Punjabi Bagh (East),Shivaji Park, Madipur, Paschim Vihar (East), Paschim Vihar (West),Peeragarhi, Udyog Nagar, Surajmal Stadium, Nangloi, Nangloi Railway Station, Rajdhani Park and Mundka. All these stations are elevated.

Chhattisgarh CM takes tour of Delhi metro

As the state plans a Metro system in Raipur, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and his cabinet colleagues today visited the Delhi Metro Rail system to understand its functioning.

Singh, leading a delegation of seventy members, took a Metro ride from the Central Secretariat Metro station to Pragati Maidan Metro station.

On the way, he also saw the interchange between two Metro corridors at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station, a DMRC spokesman said.

"Singh complemented Delhi Metro for its efficient service and said he and his colleagues immensely enjoyed the visit," the spokesman said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 00:39

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