Officials play passengers in Airport Metro test ride
Last Saturday, 14 officials, including the deputy secretary, under secretaries, directors, boarded the coaches to travel down the corridor as in situ passengers.
Sources said the officials reached the New Delhi Metro station at 11 am and boarded the airport Metro to take stock of the entire route. The trip was undertaken to ascertain the fitness of the corridor, the sources said.
“Although the CMRS issued the safety approval, it was decided that senior officials should travel on the corridor first and verify the nature of operation. Since the entire corridor has undergone repairs, such a visit before opening the line to the public is very significant,” a senior official said.
The inspection was also aimed to study the nature of preparedness along the line. As in the case of passengers, the ministry officials were frisked by CISF personnel manning the entry gates. The officials also bought journey tokens as they looked at the customer desks.
Officials also clocked travel time to record journey time. The corridor distance was covered in 22 minutes, four minutes more than the 18 minutes it took earlier, with coaches travelling at 50 kmph.
“The Metro ran at a speed of 50 kmph as instructed by the