The Delhi Metro line linking Central Secretariat to Mandi House is almost ready, DMRC spokespersons said on Saturday. A safety inspection of the stretch by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is likely to be held in the first week of April, DMRC said.
“Once the approval from CMRS is received, we will open the line in a couple of days,” a spokesperson said.
According to DMRC, the 3-km stretch is almost ready after three months of trial runs. Only above-the-ground super structures like entry and exit points for both Mandi House and Janpath under construction. “By March-end, the super structures and installation of art panels inside stations should be complete. Then, we will invite the CMRS,” Anuj Dayal, DMRC Chief Spokesperson, said.
DMRC officials said passenger-related amenities on platform and concourse, AFC gates, lifts and escalators have been successfully installed at both Mandi House and Janpath.
“So far, all mandatory trials related to the running of trains on this section have been conducted successfully. Fire safety clearance for the section has also been received from the authorities concerned,” Dayal said.
An official said, “Since this is a small stretch, the inspection by CMRS may not take too long and if all goes well, the line will start soon.”
“The opening of this stretch has been advanced by around six months. It will help tremendously in decongesting Rajiv Chowk as the commuters on the Violet Line intending to board the Blue Line need only change trains once at Mandi House, as opposed to twice currently at Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk,” Dayal said.
According to DMRC, the new Mandi House station, built on standard gauge with island platforms, along with Janpath station is expected to cater to 70,000 commuters in the initial stages.