With work on the new Mandi House station nearing completion, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is awaiting confirmation of inspection schedule from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for the Mandi House-Central Secretariat stretch. The inspection and approval from CMRS is the final step, following which the stretch will be open to commuters.
“We’ve sent the invitation and formalities are complete. CMRS hasn’t confirmed the dates yet,” a DMRC official said.
“It is difficult to say when the line will be ready for commuters, even though the stretch is small and one expects the inspection not to take much time. If some issue arises during inspection, the opening will be delayed even further since the CMRS will demand a report for the same,” the official said.
The official said the station would be opened two to three days after the inspection, if the CMRS gives an approval.
DMRC officials had originally said the stretch would be operational by March 31, six months ahead of schedule.
But elections and delays in finishing of structures above and below the station resulted in the opening being postponed.
This stretch is expected to reduce congestion on Rajiv Chowk since commuters switching from the Violet Line to Blue Line will be able to do so at Mandi House.