The 16-km Central Secretariat-Sarita Vihar corridor will be opened to the general public at 8 am on Sunday,just a few hours before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. As many as 29 standard gauge Metro trains will run on the line.
Train services on the line will run on a very high frequency of 2 minutes and 40 seconds to cater to the passenger rush expected for the opening ceremony. Train movement on this line will be personally monitored by senior Metro officers from the Operations Control Room,and engineers from Germany and South Korea will be present to ensure that no technical glitches occur.
Unlike other Metro lines,there will be no formal inauguration as the day coincides with the opening of the Commonwealth Games. The DMRC has received the mandatory certificate for launching of commercial services from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety R K Kardam for the purpose. The line is expected to be further extended up to Badarpur from Sarita Vihar in about 10 days. The last train will be available at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station at 11.20 pm for passengers going towards Central Secretariat,while the last one from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Station towards Sarita Vihar will depart at 11.10 pm. To control the crowd,about 250 scouts and guides and 153 Bangalore Metro trainees will be deployed at various stations.
Delhi Metro marked Gandhi Jayanti by launching ‘women’s only’ coaches in its trains. After Dubai,Delhi Metro became the second in the world to reserve special coaches for women.
The first coach of every train has been reserved for women. Children up to 12 years,accompanied by women passengers,will also be allowed to travel in the coach.