Residents cheer trial runs on Metro corridor
The starting of the trial runs on the Faridabad corridor by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has given commuters a reason to smile.
According to DMRC, the trial run will continue up to one and a half months. The work on the BadarpurFaridabad corridor started in April 2012.
“Many girl students study in our college and come from different parts of the Faridabad township. The metro will be of great help to the students,” said KK Gupta, principal of Aggarwal College in Ballabgarh. “Since girls feel scared travelling in buses, the Metro service will remove this fear factor,” Gupta said.
“As I study in Sri Venkateswara College in Delhi, it is difficult to commute from my residence in Greater Faridabad to the college,” said Himanshi Chahar, a student.
The trial runs on the corridor began on Sunday with DMRC managing director Mangu Singh on board from Badarpur to Old Faridabad station.
“We are happy that the trial runs have started. In the scorching heat, commuters will enjoy Metro ride in air-conditioned coaches,” said Asha Sharma, general secretary, Resident Welfare Association, Sector 35. “The DMRC should also keep transportation facility available at metro stations as they have done at number of metro stations in Delhi,” she said. Sharma also demanded that the Metro line should be extended up to Pawal.
According to DMRC, the trial run will continue up to one and a half months. The work on the project started in April 2012.
DMRC officials said that during the trial runs, the interaction of the metro train with physical infringements will be checked to ensure there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. “The entire signalling system will also undergo rigorous testing,” they said.
“The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the operations control centre will also be monitored during the trails,” the officials said.
The 13.875- km elevated Badarpur-Faridabad corridor has nine-stations: Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk, Escorts Mujesar. Two more stations, NCB Colony and Ballabgarh, will be added to this line by 2017, the officials said as work on the project has already started. The officials said that 37 lifts and 45 escalators have been installed at the nine stations.
“The lifts will be operated by an environment-friendly regenerative braking technology. Regenerative braking is a method in which the kinetic energy of an elevator of lift is converted into electrical energy and regenerated back into the power supply line,” an official said. The officials said that with the use of this technology they can regenerate about 15-21 per cent energy, which leads to significant reduction in energy consumption.
Delhi Metro has come up with its first-ever green electrical receiving sub-station (RSS) for the Faridabad Metro with a host of other eco-friendly features which was inaugurated by the DMRC chief at Sector 46 when he arrived in a trial train on Sunday.
This eco-friendly electric substationhascomeupinFaridabad’s Sector 46 area and will supply electricity to the 13.875 KM long Badarpur-Escorts Mujesar elevated Metro corridor. “Delhi Metro has 12 receiving sub-stations in different parts of Delhi but the receiving sub-station in Faridabad is the only station with many eco-friendly features,” a DMRC official said.
“The Faridabad sub-station has a series of eco-friendly features, which make it the firstever green RSS of the entire Delhi Metro network. Solar power panels with capacity of 50 KWP have been installed at the sub-station,” the officials said.