With the flagging-off of the second section, the total operation length of the metro from Shahdara to Tiz Hazari would be 12.5 kms.
WE DID IT, WE DID IT: Political leaders vied for credit during the inauguration of a 4.5-km Delhi Metro section between Tis Hazari and Trinagar on Friday. From left: Union labour minister Sahib Singh Verma, Metro chairman and BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Delhi Lt governor Vijay Kapoor and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Complimenting the metro staff, the Delhi government and Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) chairman Madan Lal Khurana for completing the second section of the metro within time, Mr Vajpayee said there was no dearth of talent or lack of money but that of determination andwill among the people and said if workers and officers so desired, any project could be completed within time.
He also hoped that the first phase of the metro would be completed by 2005 for the benefit of the over 1.25 crore people in the national capital.
Indirectly referring to the competition between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress in Delhi, Mr Vajpayee said political competition would be there but it should not hamper the development of the metropolis.
The Prime Minister said Delhi was already lagging behind in acquiring the metro system. Normally, a city with a population of 20 lakh needs a metro system. Delhis population has already crossed the 1.25 crore mark. Nevertheless, it has started its journey and would reach its final destination, he added.
DMRC managing director Sreedharan also announced raising of the speed of the metro upto 80 kms from the existing 50 kms per hour and said to avoid collision and accidents, new technologies had been introduced in trains.
With the completion of Trinagar-Tis Hazari section at a cost of Rs 280 crore, more than half of the first phase of the metro project has been completed with Rs 4,500 crore spent so far.
The next section of the metro will be opened from Trinagar to Rithala in March 2004 which will be followed by opening of lines linking Delhi University to central secretariat and Dwarka to Barakhamba Road.