New Delhi: From this weekend, commuters can
hope to reach Gurgaon from the city`s shopping hub of
Connaught Place in less than an hour as the Central
Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor is likely to be opened by
The inauguration of the 12.53 km line will take place
after the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety R K Kardam
inspects the entire corridor tomorrow and Tuesday and give his
mandatory safety clearance.
"The inspection date has been fixed for August 30 and
31," Kardam told PTI.
Once the Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor is
opened and integrated with the existing 14.47 km Qutub
Minar-HUDA City Centre line, it would drastically reduce
travel time between Delhi and its satellite city of Gurgaon.
It will take less than an hour for commuters to reach the
Millennium City of Gurgaon from the capital`s shopping hub of
Connaught Place once the line becomes operational, as compared
to at least 90 minutes by road.
The opening of the line will also allow Delhiites to
enjoy a comfort ride from north Delhi to south Delhi and
vice-versa as the Central Secretariat-HUDA City Centre
(Gurgaon) line will be integrated to the existing Central
The entire 42 km from Jehangirpuri to Gurgaon will be
covered in less than 90 minutes.
Sources said the line will be opened to the public in
two-three days after the Delhi Metro gets the green signal
from the CMRS.
The line was scheduled to open by the end of August. This
will be the second line where the DMRC will miss its
originally-set deadline. Earlier, the Metro had missed the
deadline on the Yamuna Bank-Noida line.
DMRC plans to 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.