NEW DELHI

CP-Dwarka trial run begins today

ON A HIGH: This Metro track across Rajouri Garden flyover in West Delhi is the longest single piece iron bridge at a height of 17.5 metres. — Photo : Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

ON A HIGH: This Metro track across Rajouri Garden flyover in West Delhi is the longest single piece iron bridge at a height of 17.5 metres. — Photo : Shiv Kumar Pushpakar  

It will be the longest Metro section in the world to be thrown open to public

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will turn over a new leaf on Friday as it begins trial runs on its longest corridor -- the 29.3 km Line III -- which when opened in December will reduce the travel time between Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place and Dwarka Sub-city to a mere 45 minutes.

To gauge the preparations on the section, DMRC will start with trials between Barakhamba Road and Karol Bagh to begin with. Already the Corporation has carried out various technical checks ahead of the trials.

This section also boasts of many first for Delhi Metro. It is the only one where the lines will be both elevated and underground. Also, this section would be the longest anywhere in the world to be thrown open to passenger movement and possesses the longest single piece iron bridge at Rajouri Garden, where the line while passing over a flyover reaches a height of 17.5 metres.

The opening of this line in December is also expected to increase the daily ridership on the Metro from around 3 lakhs at present to between 5 lakhs and 6 lakhs. The line passes by some of the most densely populated parts of the Capital such as Karol Bagh, Patel Nagar, Moti Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri and Uttam Nagar before it reaches Dwarka, which is expected to house a million by itself.

The operational use of the line also assumes significance as unlike the previous two -- connecting Delhi University to Central Secretariat and Shahdara to Rithala -- it has been built indigenously without any foreign consultant. And despite the line having to follow road alignment as the route was narrow and congested, and many utilities had to be relocated, it has been completed ahead of schedule through large-scale use of steel instead of cement at many places.

The Rs. 3,000-crore line -- which has two underground and 29 elevated stations -- would also provide Delhi with a six-lane road along its length which would further decongest Central, West and South West Delhi, which it would cater to. For this line, DMRC would be deploying around 1,200 regular employees and while the recruitment process is more or less over, the training programme is continuing.

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