February 28, 2015 2:18:22 am
Work on the ITO Metro station, which was originally scheduled to be opened by December 2014, is in the final stages of completion — over two months behind its planned opening.
Officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday said most work at the station is nearing completion, while declining to put a date on when the station would be thrown open to public.
Asserting that the DMRC was “never behind schedule” on any project, a senior DMRC official said December 2014 was never the official deadline for the station.
“The entire heritage corridor’s internal deadline is December 2015. In common public good, we had planned to open this one station ahead of schedule as ITO is close to a number of government offices. Had it been opened early, it would have benefited a number of commuters. But the DMRC never claimed December 2014 was the official deadline for this station,” he said.
“The work is almost complete but inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) is still pending. The CMRS had some queries which we are addressing. Once the inspection is done, it would be opened to public,” he said.
When trial runs on the section began in December 2014, DMRC officials had said the construction work for this underground stretch — which is part of the 9.37 km-long Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor — was “almost complete” and the opening of this stretch had been “advanced” since the ITO Metro station will cater to a large number of commuters.
Apart from those going to police headquarters, UGC, Bal Bhawan, etc., the station will also benefit those who come to watch matches at the Ambedkar and Feroz Shah Kotla stadiums. As per the detailed project report, approximately 22,000 passengers are expected to use the ITO Metro station by 2016. The number is likely to cross the 31,000 mark in 2021.
Strict security measures have been followed while constructing this station. During the trial runs, the interaction of the train with physical infringements (civil structures) has been checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during train movement.
The entire signalling system has also undergone rigorous testing. The response of the train at different speeds, braking and interconnection with the operations control centre have also been monitored during trials. The behaviour of the track system and the overhead electrification is also being checked.
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