CMRS to Inspect Delhi Metro’s ITO-Kashmere Gate Stretch on May 22-23

The final round of safety inspections of the Delhi Metro’s 5.17 km ITO – Kashmere Gate section of the Violet Line are scheduled to be held over 2 days on May 22 and 23 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Northern Circle.

Trial runs on this section, popularly known as the Heritage Line, were launched from the ITO Station in August 2016 and an independent safety assessor (ISA) conducted an inspection of the signalling system in late-March 2017. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation submitted its application to the CMRS in April after conducting exhaustive testing through the line’s tunnels, and had since been waiting for the CMRS’ team to scrutinize the paperwork and accept the invite.

Before finalizing these dates, the inspection was tentatively scheduled to take place on May 16 & 17, but was pushed back to May 22 & 23. Back in 2015, the Yellow Line’s 4.49 km extension to Samaypur Badli got delayed due to the CMRS cancelling its inspection twice, so hopefully a repeat of that will not be seen here.

In the upcoming inspection, the CMRS will visually inspect the line’s tunnels, tracks and all facets of the stations such as its PA system, signage, safety features, drinking water facilities, station access and control room. Images from recent CMRS inspections from other parts of the country can be viewed here (Kochi) and here (Chennai).

This section will add 3 new stations to the network at Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid & Lal Qila as well as a new station box at Kashmere Gate to form a 3-line interchange, India’s first, with the Yellow and Red lines:

Map of ITO – Kashmere Gate section of Delhi Metro’s Violet Line – view Delhi Metro Phase 3 map & information

Images of the new stations’ interiors & exteriors can be viewed on my Twitter handle and in this post showcasing the status of the much delayed Kashmere Gate Station.

ITO Station (opened in 2015) – Photo Copyright: TOI

This will be the 4th stretch of the Violet Line to be inspected on the Delhi Metro’s 160 km Phase 3 project after the following sections:

• Central Secretariat – Mandi House – 3.03 km (opened: 26 Jun 2014)
• Mandi House – ITO – 0.972 km (opened: 08 Jun 2015)
• Badarpur – Escorts Mujesar – 13.875 km (opened: 06 Sept 2015)

Once approved & inaugurated, the Violet Line, connecting Kashmere Gate with Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad, will become 43.4 km long and the Delhi Metro’s network will expand to 218 km.

For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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8 Responses to "CMRS to Inspect Delhi Metro’s ITO-Kashmere Gate Stretch on May 22-23"

  1. Vaibhav Gupta says:

    What can we expect the CMRS inspection of the Magenta line? Have the trials begin between Terminal 3 and Okhla section of the stretch?Should we expect an opening of the corridor in Sept 2017, as promised by DMRC? Or a delayed opening of the entire stretch to Dec2017 or Apr 2018?

    • TMRG says:

      1) I’m not sure, but it should take place sometime in June-July.
      2) T1-Kalkaji section’s testing is yet to begin
      3) September opening for the entire line is impossible, it always has been. Looking at December-March right now.

  2. Pulakit Bharti says:

    Hi TMRG!

    This is Great News. When should we expect this line to be operational? and also please update the status of Magenta and Pink Line.

    Thank you.

    • TMRG says:

      After the CMRS’ inspection and approval, it can open anytime in the next 5-40 days. Follow along!

      I don’t have anything significant to report on about the Magenta & Pink Lines. You can always see my Twitter handle for images.

  3. Siddharth says:

    By the way, any word on progress of the Blue Line extension at the NOIDA City Centre end? Any idea when we will have it operational?

    • TMRG says:

      Hi, there’s nothing new on that extension to write or talk about; I’ll share images on Twitter whenever possible. The line is expected to open up only in 2018.

      • Akhilesh ki maa says:

        would there not be any progress till 71 sector also? greater noida metro will probably start by dec to mar next year

  4. Aakash Yadav says:

    What about the work status of OHE on pink line underground section and when trials start on Pink Line ???????


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