The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has informed that the works on metro corridor from Botanical Garden to Kalindi Kunj has almost completed and the trial runs can be expected to begin by mid October 2016. The news has arrived from DMRC one month later than the scheduled date of trials on September 1, 2016. DMRC will be introducing first ever driver less trains in the track later by January 2017. The 3.5 km metro corridor will be linking Noida with the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
Officials have revealed that DMRC has submitted the progress report of the construction works of the track after Noida Authority sought for a review to know when the track will be open for public. A spokes person of DMRC said that total works in most categories of construction has been completed. 2.5 km track has been already rolled out and the remaining 1 km shall be completed within 20 days. The works on electricity lines will be generally completed after the trial runs.
After the trial runs, the authority will take around 3 months to complete the inspections to determine the functionality of the line. After making sure that there are no technical errors, the authority has scheduled the opening of the track by December 2016. Works regarding piling, pile caps and the installing of the piers along the corridor has been completed for the track. The construction works for the 845 Crore track had begun way back in 2014.
Benefits of the corridor
- Kalindi Kunj – Botanical Garden metro corridor will provide direct access from Noida to South Delhi. Presently commuters need to access Rajeev Chowk to enter South Delhi.
- The shopping amalgam of Noida, Sector 18 will gain direct access with South Delhi areas like Jamia Nagar, Sarita Vihar, Okhla, Kalkaji and Greater Kailash.
- Once the corridor is operational, Botanical Garden metro station will become the interchange outside Delhi.
- The corridor will form a ringed route and connect Botanical Garden with Hauz Khas station after passing through Amity University, Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji temple station.