Faridabad Metro corridor may be operational by July end
18 Jul 2015
Hindustan Times (Delhi)
The Faridabad Metro corridor may now be operational by end of this month as finishing touches are currently being given to all the nine stations. However, the service will begin once the safety commissioner gives a no objection certificate (NOC).
Service will begin once the safety commissioner gives an NOC.
On Wednesday, commuters travelling on Mathura road were taken for a surprise as they could see a Metro train running on the Faridabad corridor. The trial run of Metro on this corridor has usually been taking place during night and running this train during the day surprised many. But the good news is that the agencies entrusted with the task of constructing this corridor are giving finishing touches to the stations and officials believe the service will be open by last week of July.
Earlier, it was expected that the service will start by June end but this could not happen due to some technical reasons. “Once we submit a report to the Metro rail safety commissioner, which is under the ministry of railways, for inspection, he will make a visit. And, as and when we receive an NOC from the safety commissioner, the Faridabad metro service will start,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.
“From toilets to ticket vending machines to escalators to signage everything has been put in place,” said the official, adding, “Even foot-over-bridges (FOBs) are ready, and trees are being planted outside some stations to give a better look of the stations.”
The unique feature about Faridabad Metro corridor is that all the stations are connected with FOBs and not only Metro users, common people can also easily use these bridges to cross over the busy highway.
Though, there is a provision for double FOBs at every Metro station, DMRC has ensured that at least one gets completed at each station by the time service commences. Some Metro stations like Old Faridabad, Sarai Kwaja, Ajrondha seems ready with every facility put in place, including functioning escalators.
The Faridabad corridor has nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkhal 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 DMRC has come up with its first ever green electrical receiving sub-station (RSS) for Faridabad Metro with a host of eco-friendly features which was inaugurated by DMRC managing director Mangu Singh a few months ago.
This eco-friendly electric substation has been installed in Faridabad’s sector 46 and will supply electricity to the 13.875km-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 ecofriendly features,” a DMRC official said.