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New Delhi, July 23, 2010
The Delhi Metro today began the trial runs on the Central-Secretariat-Lajpat Nagar section of its Badarpur corridor, with the first train covering the nine km distance at a restricted and controlled speed.
A press release from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said that, during the trial runs, the interaction of the train with physical infringements (civil structures) was checked to ensure that there was no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track.
The entire signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing. Subsequently, the response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behaviour of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly during all the trials, the release said.
The trial runs will continue for a few weeks after which the trials will gradually be extended upto Okhla and beyond as the works get completed on the other sections of the Central Secretariat (CTST) – Badarpur corridor. The corridor is expected to be opened for the public before Commonwealth Games 2010, which Delhi is due to host in October, after attaining the statutory safety clearances from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).
The 20.16 km long corridor is the second Standard Gauge corridor of the Delhi Metro after the Inderlok – Mundka corridor. This line consists of 16 stations with Central Secretariat, Khan Market, Jawarharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium, Jangpura Metro stations being the underground ones and Lajpat Nagar, Moolchand, Kailash Colony, Nehru Place, Kalkaji Mandir, Govindpuri, Okhla, Jasola, Sarita Vihar, Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad and Badarpur Metro stations being the elevated ones.
DMRC’s Director (Electrical) Mr. Satish Kumar, Director (Operation) Mr. Raj Kumar, Director (Rolling Stock) Mr. H. S. Anand, and Director (Project) Mr. Kumar Keshav travelled on the first trial train from Lajpat Nagar to Central Secretariat.
According to the release, the line was one of the most challenging for the DMRC to construct as the total time for the construction was extremely short at 41 months.