DMRC chief Mangu Singh on Tuesday said all construction and civil works at the ITO station had been completed two months ago and the station will become functional as soon as clearance from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) was obtained.
“Though our initial plan was to open the ITO Metro station along with the entire corridor up to Kashmere Gate, we later thought this station can be opened a little earlier in common public good. All civil work is completed. The station is ready for use,” Singh told reporters.
However, the only issue left to resolve was “reversal” of carriages, as trains going towards the station would also use the same line, similar to the arrangement at the Mandi House station presently. “The station does not have a reversal facility, so we need to wait for clearance from the CMRC before making it operational. Trains would use the same line until the stretch till Kashmere Gate is thrown open,” Singh said.
ITO station is part of the upcoming 9.37km-long heritage corridor that will connect Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate.
Trial runs on this section started on December 14 last year and the opening of this stretch, originally scheduled for December this year, has been advanced, since the ITO Metro station will cater to a large number of officegoers.
Once operational, around 22,000 passengers are expected to use the station daily and the number is likely to rise to 31,000 by 2021, according to the DMRC.
Metro’s Phase III has been plagued by land acquisition issues.
According to Singh, “64 per cent of civil work” is complete on the project.