Delhi: The Red Line extension would soon become operational for commuters. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already conducted a preliminary trial run on the 9.4 Km Garden-New Bus Stand metro corridor to check for any infringement on the track. On Monday DMRC has started full signaling trial on the route.
The first trail run was attended by District magistrate and vice-chairperson of GDA, Ritu Maheshwari. The trail run will now go on for 15 days.
DMRC during its trial run on Saturday to ensure appropriate contact with overhead electric poles. The Metro officials, conversely, said a full-fledged trial in which signaling system will also be checked, to begin Monday onward. On Tuesday DMRC as planned have started full signaling trails on the route.
The eight stations on this corridor are will have following stations — Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, River Hindon and New Bus Stand.
Red Line extension’s trail run began from Dilshad Garden metro station with six coaches, including the driver’s cabin on Monday evening. The metro train reached the New Bus Stand in Ghaziabad at late evening covering a distance of 9.41 km.
The trail runs will be conducted for around two months. After this, DMRC will ask for clearance from the commissioner of metro rail safety. Once the clearance is received, the project will be commissioned. As per news, by December the project is likely to be commissioned.
For Dilshad Garden-New Bus Stand metro line the MoU was signed between DMRC and GDA in the year 2014. The project was estimated to be wrapped up in three year’s time but got delayed by a year in the beginning.
The ballpark cost of the metro project comes to around Rs 2,210 crore. This cost will be jointly borne by the Centre, UP Housing Board, GDA, and UPSIDC. Though, due to the incapability of some agencies to shell out its share, the project got postponed.
The executive director (corporate communication), Anuj Dayal said that in the trail runs the interaction of the metro train with the physical infringements (civil structure) will be examined. This is to make sure that there is no physical obstruction throughout the movement of the train on the track. The complete signaling system will also go through meticulous testing.