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