New Delhi: Passengers can hope to reach
Gurgaon from Connaught Place in the capital in less than an
hour from next month with the DMRC today starting trial runs
on the Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor, which will be
integrated with the Gurgaon line.
Trial runs on the 12.53 kilometre-long corridor began
this morning and will continue for at least four weeks till
the line is integrated with the 14.47 Qutub Minar-Gurgaon
line, which was thrown open to the public on June 21.
To facilitate the integration process of the new
corridor, the DMRC will start train services from 7 am on the
currently operational Qutub Minar-Gurgaon section instead of
the existing 6 am with effect from Saturday till the linkage
is completed in August.
Once the entire Metro corridor is opened, passengers
can hope to reach the millennium city in about 52 minutes from
Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi. By road, it takes more
than 90 minutes to reach Gurgaon and during peak hour traffic
it can even take two hours.
Ultimately, it 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 Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor has 10
stations and the entire stretch is underground.
During the trial runs, the interaction of the Metro
train with physical infringements (civil structure) 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 be tested. The
response of the train at different speeds, braking of the
train and the interconnection with the Operations Control
Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials," DMRC
spokesman Anuj Dayal said.
The behaviour of the track system and the over head
electrification will be checked repeatedly, he said.
The trial runs will continue for a few weeks and the
corridor is expected to be opened for the public next month
after attaining the statutory safety clearances. Over one lakh
people are expected to use this corridor everyday.
Dayal said the one-hour delay in beginning of services
from Saturday is necessary to give DMRC`s signalling,
telecommunication, electrical and track engineers more working
time for the linkage and integration at the Qutub Minar
He said only a few people use the Metro between 6 AM and
7 AM on the Qutub Minar-Gurgaon route.
This underground corridor will enable the residents of
south Delhi and Gurgaon to get direct Metro connectivity with
AIIMS, Central Secretariat, Connaught Place, Delhi
University`s North Campus and other important locations in the