New Delhi: Residents of Gurgaon have to
wait for at least a week to enjoy the Metro comfort with the
DMRC still undecided on when to throw open the Gurgaon-Qutub
Minar corridor, as it is busy carrying out corrections which
were pointed out during the CMRS inspection.
It was speculated that the 14.47 km link connecting the
millennium city with South Delhi will be inaugurated by
Wednesday but DMRC officials say the line is likely to be
inaugurated only sometime next week.
The DMRC had on Saturday received the mandatory
no-objection certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Rail
Safety (CMRS) R K Kardam after he inspected the entire
corridor on Wednesday and Thursday last.
"We have got the clearance. But with the no-objection
certificate, we also got a 2-page annexure citing the changes
and corrections which need to be done. We are currently
carrying out those corrections," a DMRC spokesman said.
He said the line is due to be opened by the end of June.
Officials say the corrections will take a week’s time and
the line is likely to be inaugurated sometime next week in the
presence of Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy,
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Haryana
counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The Delhi Metro had earlier planned to inaugurate the
entire 27km Central Secretariat-Gurgaon corridor in one go but
now it wants to open the line in two stretches.
The line will ultimately be integrated to the
Jehnagirpuri-Central Secretariat line and DMRC will put 60
trains at a frequency of three minutes on the line.
Once the Metro line to Gurgaon is opened, passengers can
hope to reach the millennium city in around an hour from the
city’s heart of Connaught Place.
By road, it takes more than 90 minutes to reach Gurgaon
and during peak hour traffic it takes even two hours.