New Delhi: After Gurgaon and Faridabad, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to foray into Haryana for the third time. Trials have started on a new 11km corridor that will put Bahadurgarh on the metro map.
The trial runs are being conducted between Tikri Kalan and City Park stations of the Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor. The corridor will also be the longest “straight-line stretch” that Delhi metro has ever constructed, with no twist or turn between Mundka and Bahadurgarh.
“The trials will involve civil, electrical, rolling stock work, and signalling testing and certification,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
Though most of the construction work on the corridor is complete, it can’t be opened to public as the link between the viaduct and train depot is missing because of land issues. “The Mundka-Bahadurgarh metro corridor is an extension of the existing Inderlok-Mundka corridor (Line-5) of the Delhi metro. The metro corridor will run along NH-10 (Rohtak Road) on an elevated viaduct,” added the DMRC spokesperson.
There are total seven stations on the stretch, of which four are in Delhi—Mundka Industrial Area, Ghevra, Tikri Kalan and Tikri Border—and three are in Haryana—Modern Industrial Estate, Bus Stand and City Park.
While trial runs on the Haryana stretch of the corridor have begun, the trials on the Delhi side would start in January 2018. “There is a little problem regarding depot connectivity,” DMRC’s managing director Mangu Singh told TOI. “The land was acquired but the high court squashed that land acquisition. So, at present, there is no connection between the depot and the viaduct. The depot, the viaduct and the stations are ready but the connectivity is missing,” he said.
The spokesperson said that the targeted deadline for opening the section is June 2018 but when it will actually start depends on the availability of land for depot connectivity, which has to be provided by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).