The safety inspection of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s Central Secretariat-Mandi House line has been completed and a formal approval from the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is now awaited before commencement of services on the route.
The construction and other works under phase three on the Central Secretariat-Mandi House corridor has been completed and the CMRS conducted its inspection of the metro line on June 10.
The approval by the CMRS is expected in a week’s time. Until the clearance by CMRS regarding the safety of travel on the route is given, the line cannot be started.
“We had completed the work on the line by March this year and trial runs have been going on since January,” said a senior DMRC spokesperson.
“The CMRS has to give a formal approval; no official confirmation can be given by DMRC as to when the Central Secretariat-Mandi House route will be opened for the public,” the spokesperson said.
According to sources, a day-long inspection was conducted for safety of commuter travel in trains on this section.
The 3-km stretch between Central Secretariat and Mandi House is the first section under phase three of the metro’s construction, for which the trial runs began in December last.
The new line is expected to help decongest the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro Station as commuters on the Badarpur-Central Secretariat Line who are headed to Noida and Vaishali will be able to change trains at Mandi House and not have to do so twice, as is the case now, at the Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk stations.
The line is expected to benefit about 70,000 additional commuters travelling to parts of Connaught Place, Janpath, National School of Drama, High Court, Bengali Market and Barakhamba Road, among others.
This section will provide interchange facility at two stations — Central Secretariat and Mandi House.