Trial runs on the Faridabad Metro extension began on Sunday, setting in motion the process of formally opening the line by June.
The fully elevated 14 km-long section is part of the Violet Line that currently operates from Mandi House to Badarpur. Once operational, it will carry an additional 2 lakh passengers. According to official estimates, the present average ridership on the line stands at 1.92 lakh per day.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director Mangu Singh was present when the first train was flagged off from Badarpur Metro station to Old Faridabad Metro station.
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During trial runs, the interaction of the trains with the civil structure would reportedly be checked to ensure there is no physical blockage during its movement on the tracks.
“The entire signalling system will also undergo rigorous testing. In addition, train response at different speeds, braking and inter- connection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will be monitored during the trials,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
Once fully operational, the 43.4 km-long line will run from Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar. It will have a total of 32 stations including five interchange stations — Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Mandir.
Apart from the Mujesar terminal station, the upcoming stations are Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda and Bata Chowk.
The depot for the section, Arjonda Depot, has been constructed near Sector 20 A in the city.
Officials said two more stations, NCB Colony and Ballabgarh, would be added to the line by 2017 thus increasing the length of the line by another 3.2 km.
After trial runs, DMRC will have to get the mandatory Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) clearance.
DMRC had made its foray into Haryana five years ago, but this will be the first entry of the Metro into the satellite city of Faridabad.