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HUDA City Centre-Sultanpur stretch to be opened first if Chhattarpur station is not ready by June

Problems faced during land acquisition for Chhattarpur station delayed completion of work

Delhi Metro is making the entire Chhattarpur station of steel unlike the other stations

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro railway's journey into Gurgaon that is expected to begin in the next couple of months will add more than one lakh passengers to the metro system by 2011. The much-awaited Central Secretariat-HUDA City Centre (Gurgaon) corridor is likely to be opened to the public by June-end or early July.

According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials, the line's commissioning will be carried out in phases if the work under way at the Chhattarpur station does not get over by the scheduled date. “Work is on in full swing and we expect the Chhattarpur station to be ready in time as well, but if for some reason that does not happen, then the HUDA City Centre-Sultanpur stretch will be opened first,” said a Delhi Metro official over the weekend.

“The problems faced during land acquisition for the Chhattarpur metro station led to delay in completion of work. But we are trying to complete the work as soon as possible so that we can commission the whole stretch in one go,” said the official.

To save on time, the Delhi Metro is making the entire Chhattarpur station of steel unlike the other stations that have a mix of concrete and steel. The authorities had to face several challenges to acquire land for this station, the process that began in September 2006, finally concluded in October 2009 after a two-hectare plot was given for the purpose.

Minor works left

Official said that work on the rest of stretch is complete and only a few minor works are left. “Even the trial runs on the Gurgaon-Sultanpur section have been carried out successfully and the stations along the Gurgaon stretch are ready for opening,” the official said.

All the stations along the line that pass through the congested and busy areas of Greek Park, Hauz Khas and Malviya Nagar are ready. The Gurgaon section spans across 7 km on an elevated platform, while 27 km will be the distance between Central Secretariat and Gurgaon.

This stretch will be an extension of the Jehangirpuri-Central Secretariat line (Line 2). The 12.53-km Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar section will be fully underground while the 14.47 km Qutub Minar-Gurgaon section will be fully elevated.

The expected daily ridership on the Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar section is 1.8 lakh, while the expected daily ridership on the Qutub Minar-Gurgaon section is 1.6 lakh by 2011.

The Central Secretariat-Gurgaon corridor will form a 45-km-long metro line connecting North Delhi, South Delhi and Gurgaon in one corridor.