Trial at Kalkaji Mandir – Botan­i­cal Gar­den sec­tion goes off smoothly

Millennium Post - - CITY - YO­GESH KANT

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro’s Kalkaji Mandir-botan­i­cal Gar­den line is ready for com­mis­sion­ing, af­ter the tri­als and test­ing on the 12.64 km long sec­tion of Phase-iii was com­pleted on Thurs­day.

The manda­tory clear­ance re­quired for invit­ing the Com­mis­sioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to in­spect fire safety clear­ance, li­cence for work­ing lifts, pre­lim­i­nary In­de­pen­dent Safety As­sess­ment (ISA) re­ports for sig­nalling and clear­ance for plat­form screen doors from the Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions among oth­ers have been re­ceived by Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC).

“The pa­pers for scru­tiny and de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion by CMRS are un­der sub­mis­sion to his of­fice and af­ter th­ese are ex­am­ined in depth by CMRS of­fice, fur­ther ac­tion is ex­pected,” said a DMRC of­fi­cial.

The of­fi­cial added that since the ap­pli­ca­tion in­volves vo­lu­mi­nous data on civil and elec­tri­cal works, sig­nalling and tracks, DMRC may also have to sup­ply any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion sought by CMRS of­fice.

“Af­ter this en­tire process, it is ex­pected that a suit­able date for in­spec­tion of the sec­tion will be in­di­cated,” he added.

This sec­tion will be Delhi Metro’s first ever cor­ri­dor to be op­er­ated us­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tion-based train con­trol (CBTC) sig­nalling tech­nol­ogy, which will fa­cil­i­tate move­ment of trains with a fre­quency of 90 to 100 sec­onds.

With the open­ing of this sec­tion, com­muters from Noida will get ad­di­tional con­nec­tiv­ity to south Delhi.

Cur­rently, for trav­el­ling to south Delhi ar­eas, Noida res­i­dents have to change trains at Mandi House (from Blue Line to Vi­o­let Line). How­ever, with the new sec­tion, they will be able to travel di­rectly to Kalkaji Mandir and save on valu­able trav­el­ling time.

Botan­i­cal Gar­den has been de­vel­oped as NCR’S first ever in­ter­change sta­tion. Once the 38.23 km long cor­ri­dor from Botan­i­cal Gar­den till Janakpuri West (38.23 kms) is opened, com­muters from Noida will be able to travel to Gu­ru­gram by chang­ing trains at Hauz Khas.

This will help im­mensely in de­con­gest­ing Ra­jiv Chowk, which is cur­rently the in­ter­change point for trav­ellers between Noida and Gu­ru­gram.

The Botan­i­cal Gar­den–kalkaji Mandir sec­tion has nine sta­tions, namely Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NSIC, Sukhdev Vi­har, Jamia Milia Is­lamia, Okhla Vi­har, Ja­sola Vi­har Sha­heen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanc­tu­ary and Botan­i­cal Gar­den.

While Kalkaji Mandir is an un­der­ground sta­tion, all other sta­tions are el­e­vated. The sec­tion will also cater to two ma­jor ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, Jamia Milia Is­lamia Univer­sity and Amity Univer­sity, and a ma­jor su­per spe­cial­ity hospi­tal, For­tis Es­corts Heart In­sti­tute.

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The train dur­ing Thurs­day’s trial at Botan­i­cal Gar­den Metro sta­tion

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