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Metro ride wait for Okhla residents ‘over’ as corridor set to be launched

It appears that the long wait for Okhla residents to ride metro is to end soon with authorities claiming that the Kalkaji Mandir – Botanical Garden corridor is set to be launched.

If you go by Jamia Nagar daily then you must have noticed that how work has been sped up at metro stations.

It is important to point out that this section has nine stations, including Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NSIC, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden.

Now after report surfaced that the trials and testing have been successfully completed and it’s ready for the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety’s (CMRS) mandatory inspection.

“The papers for scrutiny and detailed examination by the CMRS are under submission to his office and after these are cross-checked, examined and scrutinised in depth by the office of the CMRS, further action is expected,” a metro statement said.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson said: “Most of the mandatory clearances required for inviting the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to inspect including Fire Safety Clearance, License for Working Lifts, Preliminary Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) Reports for Signalling and Platform Screen Doors, clearances from the Department of Telecommunications etc have been received by the DMRC.”

This section will also be Delhi Metro’s first ever corridor to be operated using the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology which will facilitate movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds. With the opening of this section, the people of NOIDA will get additional connectivity to south Delhi, said the official.

“In addition, since the application involves voluminous data of civil, electrical, signalling and track, the DMRC may also have to supply any additional information further sought by the office of the CMRS. After this entire process, it is expected that a suitable date for inspection of the section will be indicated,” it said.

The operation of the 12.64-kilometre long section, built under the Phase-III project, is certainly going to link Jamia Nagar with Delhi and commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas.

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