Officials play passengers in Airport Metro test ride

Jan 22 2013, 12:34 IST
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SummaryA day after the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) gave the green signal to the airport metro link for resumption of service, senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development travelled on the corridor to take stock before it is thrown open to the public — commercial operations will start Tuesday morning.

A day after the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) gave the green signal to the airport metro link for resumption of service, senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development travelled on the corridor to take stock before it is thrown open to the public — commercial operations will start Tuesday morning.

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 CMRS. As per routine, the train stopped at every Metro station for 1.5 minutes. The Metro completed its journey in 22 minutes,” said an official who was on board the Metro.

Before the service was suspended last July, the Airport Metro touched 90-100 kmph.

“The Metro was run only for ministry officials to assess the nature of service before it resumes commercially. The journey was smooth. The halt at each station was jerk-free. The Metro line was found fit to travel,” the official said.

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