February 17, 2010 12:46:02 am
The Delhi Metros Green Line the Kirti Nagar-Inderlok-Mundka corridor will have quite a few firsts to its credit.
Slated for opening in early March,the fifth line of the Metro network will be the first standard gauge Metro line of the country.
While most other lines under Delhi Metros Phase-II project were extensions of the existing ones,the 18.5-km Metro corridor will come up as an entirely independent line connecting Northwest and West Delhi with the rest of the Capital.
Civil work and system installations like track,signalling,telecommunication and overhead electrification (OHE) are almost complete and other finishing work is in full swing,Metro officials said.
The scheduled target was March 2010; the line will meet the deadline. Two stations on this corridor,Kirti Nagar and Satguru Ram Singh Marg that were added later are,however,likely to be opened by June 2010, a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.
The corridor will have 16 stations and will come to the rescue of residents of areas in the extreme west of the city that have fewer options of convenient public transport.
Despite a projected footfall of 2.5 lakh by 2011,the corridor is expected to provide comfortable travel as the DMRC will start operations with 16 trains. All the trains have arrived and been commissioned. The problem of overcrowding will not be faced on this line as an adequate number of trains will be pressed into service right at the time of opening, a DMRC spokesperson said.
The first few standard gauge trains have been brought in from South Korea,while the remaining are being supplied by Bangalore-based Bharat Earth Movers Limited. Metro officials said trials on parts of the corridor have already been carried out over the last month and trials on the entire stretch will start soon.
The corridor will connect to Line-1 (Shahdara-Rithala) at Inderlok and to Line-3 (Dwarka Sector 9-Noida City Centre) at Kirti Nagar with Ashok Park station being the interchange station.
As trains on this line will run on standard gauge,there will not be any direct interchange of Line-1 or 3 and stations will only be connected by a foot overbridge or a walkway.
All stations have been planned for trains with six coaches only and though they will initially have four coaches,it will be increased soon, he said.
In another first,the Satguru Ram Singh Marg Metro station will be directly connected to Ring Railways Patel Nagar station via a foot overbridge and the Nangloi Metro station will connect Nangloi of the Indian Railways.
* 15 elevated stations,1 grade (ground-level) station
* 107 automated fare collection gates; 39 entry,52 exit and 16 disable-friendly
* Island platform at Inderlok Metro station
* Depot at Mundka
* Parking at most stations
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