Trial runs on CST-Qutub Minar corridor begins



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 station.

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 city.

-PTI