Monday, November 8, 2010

Badarpur section to open finally

NEW DELHI : There\'s good news for south Delhi residents. The Sarita Vihar to Badarpur section of the Badarpur line is expected to open in a few days.

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is scheduled to inspect the five-km section on Tuesday for the mandatory safety clearances. After the security clearance, the line is expected to open for commuters at the earliest.

\'\'The CMRS is going to inspect the section. The line is ready for use and we will open it as soon as we get the mandatory safety clearance. A date for opening, however, has not yet been fixed,\'\' said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.

The section will be checked for all safety parameters such as passenger amenities, station accesses, completion of the line, interface of trains with other systems like signalling, electrification, etc. Last Friday, DMRC submitted all the requisite papers of the five-km Sarita Vihar to Badarpur section to the CMRS. The corporation has completed construction of the stretch and started trial runs last Monday after energising the over-head electrification. The section was slated to open before Commonwealth Games but even as the rest of the line opened on the day of the opening ceremony on October 3, this section with three stations at Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad and Badarpur — was left incomplete.

The fate of the controversial Airport Express Link still hangs in balance. The line is coming up on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and being constructed by Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. The line was inspected by CMRS last month and denied a clearance certificate — a first in the history of Delhi Metro — after the systems were not found to be up to the mark. According to sources, the concessionaire has submitted the paperwork related to the section to DMRC which is being examined.

Sources said since the application for CMRS inspection is submitted jointly by DMRC and the concessionaire, DMRC officials are looking into the documentation to ensure that there are no glitches this time.
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