NOIDA: Though a date for the official inauguration of the much-awaited extension of the Blue Line from Noida City Centre to Sector 62 is yet to be announced, officials on Friday expressed confidence it would be opened by February-end.
The opening of the Blue Line is not only needed for the stations to get more ridership but is also crucial for the connectivity between and Delhi.
“We are trying to get the Blue Line opened by February-end after getting the required clearances from authorities by February 15,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh said on Friday.
While initial test runs on the line began on December 28 last year, signalling trials are yet to start on the six stations on the entirely elevated 6.8-km-long section from sectors 34, 52, 61, 59, 62 and Electronic City.
While the DMRC’s statement comes as a relief for the Noida Metro Rail Corporation and commuters, it is yet to be seen when the date for inspection by the commissioner of railway safety (CMRS) is announced officially.
While most DMRC officials have been tight-lipped on the opening of the extension line, some insist the preparations are on and efforts being made to ensure that the section “opens soon”.
Along with the opening of the , the Noida Authority and the NMRC will also have to gear up to construct the crucial walkway between the Sector 51 metro station on the Aqua Line and the Sector 52 metro station on the Blue Line, without which the switch-over between the two lines will pose problems.
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