The Delhi Metro will sail into Noida next door by November 14 if the trial runs that are expected to resume soon on the Yamuna Bank-Noida Sector 32 section pass off without any glitches.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday said the line could become operational before the opening of the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan provided it receives the mandatory clearance from the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety and the trial runs are successful.
The much-awaited line to Noida was expected to be commissioned in June earlier this year but was delayed when an inspection carried out to ascertain the fitness of construction revealed cracks in a few cantilever pillars.
The DMRC then undertook a drive to strengthen the piers along the line and carried out intensive examination of all construction along the route.
In September, the DMRC announced that the line was expected to open in December. However, the DMRC has now announced that trial runs on Yamuna Bank-Noida line up to Sector 16 are expected to start next week. The trial runs on the rest of the line up to Noida Sector 32 are expected in the first week of November.
“This line was rescheduled for opening in the first week of December. However, a huge rush is expected during IITF which opens on November 14 at Pragati Maidan. Keeping this in view, the DMRC is trying to open the Yamuna Bank-Noida line around the time of the trade fair. However, the final opening date of this line will depend on successful completion of the trails and clearance by the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety,” said a DMRC spokesperson.