Faridabad gears up for Metro launch on Sep 6
29 Aug 2015 Hindustan Times (Delhi)
All eyes are set on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Faridabad visit on September 6. The Prime Minister will be in the city to flag off the longawaited Metro service. He will inaugurate the line at the Escorts Mujesar station. Later in the day, he will also address a rally being organised by Faridabad MP and Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar.
The Prime Minister will flag off the long-awaited Metro service at the Escorts Mujesar station.
The work on the Faridabad Metro corridor is complete and rail safety commissioner RK Kardam has given the green signal for the start of the line.
“We had sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s time for inaugurating the Metro service in Faridabad on September 6, which has been granted,” Gurjar told HT on the phone.
After flagging off the Metro line, the Prime Minister will address a rally around 4pm at Sector 12, he said. BJP members have already started preparations for the rally. Meanwhile, senior police and civil officers of the Haryana government visited some Metro stations on Monday to check security preparedness.
Officials said such visits will take place till September 6. Among the officers who visited the Metro stations were police commissioner Subhash Yadav, deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal, joint commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar and sub-divisional magistrate Mahavir Prasad. And Gurjar along with senior civil and police officers visited Escorts Mujesar metro station to review security arrangements on Wednesday.
The commissioner Metro rail safety (CMRS) finished his three-day inspection of the corridor on August 12. The inspection process had started on August 10.
After the completion of the inspection, a spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had said the go-ahead for the line has been given subject to correction of some minor shortcomings. District authorities have said that these minor shortcomings will be addressed before the commissioning of the line. During the inspection, RK Kardam, commissioner metro rail safety, and his team inspected all Metro stations, ticketvending machines, escalators and the track from Badarpur to Escorts Mujesar. On the third and the last day, the team checked the Metro pillars.
The trial of the Metro corridor started in April this year and was expected to be complete by July. Earlier, there was speculation that the services maybe launched around the Independence Day on August 15. However, later there were reports that Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal will be outside the country and so the commissioning of the line could be delayed. He had gone to the United States and Canada on a 10-day tour on August 15. He returned on Tuesday.
The delay in the launch of the service, meanwhile, has made the residents of the city impatient. “The commissioning of Metro services is been unnecessarily delayed just because you want a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony,” said a leading educationalist, who did not wish to be named.
However, despite being upset over the delay, residents are now happy that the corridor is finally being inaugurated. “We are extremely happy that the Metro service is going to start soon in Faridabad. This will change the lifestyle of the people here,” said Romesh Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 82. “People will keep their cars at home and travel in Metro,” he said.
“What a good news that the Prime Minister is coming to Faridabad for flagging off the Metro service,” said Inder Pal Matta, another resident of the city. “People of Faridabad are waiting for the Metro service to begin for a long time,” he added.
The 13.875-km-long Faridabad corridor will have nine stations-Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkhal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar. Two more stations, NCB Colony and Ballabgarh, will be added to this line by 2017, officials said. The work on the stations has already started.
DMRC has set up eco-friendly Metro stations, installing solar power generating facilities at all nine stations. As all Metro stations in Faridabad will be connected with foot overbridges (FOBs) across Mathura Road, DMRC is studying the prospects of installing solar panels on all FOBs.
“DMRC has installed nine new solar power generation facilities in the stations and Badarpur depot. This will partially fulfil the energy requirements of the corridor,” said DMRC spokesperson.
“These solar power plants, with a total generation capacity of 1,660.4 kwp, have been installed under RESCO (renewable energy supply company) model wherein the capital cost has been invested by the solar developer and DMRC has signed a power purchase agreement for 25 years. DMRC shall only pay charges for the actual energy generated,” the spokesperson added.
The power generated will be used for lighting and other auxiliary requirements at the stations and depot buildings. The stations like NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector-28, Badkhal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar will have a generation capacity of 151.2 kwp each. At the Ajronda depot, the generation capacity will be 452 kwp.
The power receiving substation (RSS) of the Faridabad corridor has already been developed in Sector 46 as a green building. It has a 50 kwp solar plant, rain water harvesting system and sewage treatment plant facilities.
“In total, DMRC has so far commissioned solar power facilities with a generation capacity of approximately 2,800 kwp with plants at Dwarka Sector 21, Anand Vihar, Pragati Maidan, Metro Enclave, Yamuna Bank station, Yamuna Bank depot, Faridabad RSS, ITO, Ajronda depot and the Faridabad metro stations,” the spokesman said.