CST-Badarpur line: Metro extends trial runs till Lajpat Nagar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 19:53
New Delhi: Delhi Metro today inched closer to opening the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line, crucial for the Commonwealth Games, by the end of this month as it extended the trial runs till Nehru Place Metro station.

Over 40 days after the trial runs began from Central Secretariat to Lajpat Nagar, Metro today extended it till Nehru Place station following energisation of the Over-Head Electrification (OHE) in Lajpat Nagar?Nehru Place section.

The 21-km Central Secretariat-Badarpur Standard Gauge line is crucial for the October Games as it provides connectivity to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.

With this, the trial runs have been extended to Moolchand, Kailash Colony and Nehru Place Metro Stations, thereby covering a total of 9.65 kms between Central Secretariat and Nehru Place, DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

DMRC is racing against time to complete this line by the end of this month and the work on the corridor was also marred by the worst-ever mishap involving Delhi Metro at Zamrudpur killing seven persons.

Dayal said the line is one of the most challenging for DMRC as the total time available for construction was extremely short, since only 41 months were available for the same.

This line was sanctioned on 20th April, 2007, and the DMRC intends to commission it by this month before the Commonwealth Games, he said.

With Gurgaon line operational since Friday, the Metro has only this corridor and the Airport Express Line to complete before the Games.

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 signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing. Subsequently, the response of the train at different speed, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials," Dayal said.

The behaviour of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly during all the trials.

In the process, the Metro trains will also pass over Moolchand Cable-Stayed bridge, which has been designed with the help of a French company Systra and constructed at a height of 12 meters above the Ring Road beneath it and built on only two pillars.

The trial runs will continue for a few days after which the exercise will gradually be extended up to Sarita Vihar in a phased manner.


First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 19:53

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