Airport line, snags, Phase III works kept Delhi Metro Rail Corporation busy in 2013

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 2 2014, 02:57am hrs
Delhi MetroThe Central Secretariat, Mandi House section will be opened for commuter operations by March this year. (AP)
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation witnessed an eventful 2013 as it took over responsibility of the Airport Metro line's operations, other than kick-starting construction works for Phase III projects but frequent disruption of services due to technical snags hit passengers hard.

DMRC took over the operations of the 22.7-km-long Airport Express Link on July 1, 2013 following a notice by the Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited (DAMEPL), a special purpose vehicle of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, that it would cease to operate after June 30.

Eight coach trains on the Dwarka Sector 21 'NOIDA City Centre/Vaishali (Blue line) was introduced from August 19.

DMRC also inducted its first six coach train on the Dilshad Garden to Rithala (Red Line) from November 24.

As part of its works under projects of Phase III, the Delhi Metro will start trial runs for Central Secretariat, Mandi House section of the Central Secretariat, Kashmere Gate corridor on December 30.

The Central Secretariat, Mandi House section will be opened for commuter operations by March this year. This section will tremendously help in decongesting the Rajiv Chowk Metro station as the commuters traveling to Dwarka, NOIDA/Vaishali from the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line will be able to change trains directly at Mandi House without doing twice at Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk.

The Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida City Centre metro line was disrupted several times in the year gone by owing to technical problems in Overhead Electrification or Signaling, leading to chaos and harrowing experiences for commuters.

After the breakdowns on several occasions, DMRC constituted a high level committee to investigate the problem.

Construction work for Phase III projects on the upcoming Dwarka-Najafgarh Metro corridor started on September 12 on the elevated section of the corridor between Dwarka and Najafgarh depot.

The Dwarka-Najafgarh section will be 4.4-km-long with three stations. The length of the elevated section will be 2.75 km; the ramp towards the underground section will be 595 m while the underground section will be 1.085-km-long.

The Delhi Metro and the Haryana Urban Development Authority signed an agreement on February 2 for the extension of now operational Inderlok-Mundka corridor (Line 5).

The 11.181-km-long corridor between Mundka and Bahadurgarh will be entirely elevated with seven stations with four in Delhi and three in Haryana and will run on standard gauge.

The DMRC also launched the facility of online recharge of Metro smart cards on May 9.

On July 12, DMRC launched a dedicated mobile number for its passengers to enquire about the belongings they lost while travelling in the Delhi Metro.

The Delhi Metro also launched a mobile application dedicated to its commuters on August 22 which gives detailed information about the Metro routes, fares, timings among other details, available on Android and Apple operating systems.

Besides, DMRC signed MoUs with various organisations for mutual contribution toward public service.

The Delhi Technological University (DTU) signed a MoU with DMRC on March 19 for jointly taking up projects in the fields of design development, research, indigenisation of technology among other things.

DMRC and Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) signed an MoU on July 17 for jointly promoting tourism in the capital city.

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) signed an MoU with DMRC on September 17 in order to carry out projects for the production of renewable solar power in the Delhi Metro premises.

Over 26 lakh commuters travelled by the metro system in Delhi in the year gone by. Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Shahbaz Sharif along with other delegates took a metro ride on December 12.