The fate of the high-speed Airport Metro Express Line continues to hang in balance, as the schedule for the safety check of the corridor remains undecided.
The services of Airport Metro will resume only after the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) grants the safety clearance certificate.
The services on the 22.7 km-long corridor came to a halt on July 8, after a slew of civil defects surfaced in the line. A series of repairs have been carried out to rectify the cracks in girders, bearings, seepage in the tunnel and breakage of the rail-fastening clips over the last five months.
In the light of the extensive repair work carried out, a fresh safety inspection by the CMRS was sought.
The Reliance-backed operator, Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd, forwarded the safety check application to the DMRC on November 5. The application requesting for an inspection was forwarded to the CMRS by Delhi Metro on November 19. But some documents had to be revised and resent to the CMRS after he asked for additional information and clarifications.
“A date has not been fixed yet for the safety inspection. Documents are being studied,” CMRS K R Kardam said.
“The repair work on the civil structure of the corridor is complete. At present, clearance from the CMRS for the resumption of operations is being awaited. Based on the requirements of the CMRS, additional documents are being sent to study the nature of repair work undertaken,” a senior official said.
Sources informed that the CMRS had sought additional documents for ‘clarifications’ by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The documents were sent to his office on December 4. “ I have not been able to see the additional documents so far,” Kardam said.
Earlier this week, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said the operations on the line was slated to resume by the end of this month or early next year.