The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today extended trial runs (testing) on its new 58.59 km Pink Line by another 7.2 km to the South Campus Station on the southern portion of its new ‘ring’ line. In June, the DMRC commenced regular testing on a small 6.5 km portion of the line between Shakurpur and Mayapuri, but had to wait for track & electrification works inside the Naraina section of the line’s tunnels to get completed in order to extend testing to other parts of the line.
The DMRC ran one Hyundai Rotem train at a slow speed of 5 kmph and the DMRC’s engineers primarily observed its interaction with the civil structure (tunnels & viaduct) to ensure there are no physical obstructions along the way. During its journey, the train passed above the Airport Express Line’s viaduct at Dhaula Kuan – at a height of 23.6m above the ground (see construction images) which will eventually become the highest point on the entire network, surpassing the Blue Line at Karkarduma where it passes at a height of 19m above the ground
With this development, trial runs are now being conducted on a 13.7 km section of the line through the Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden, Mayapuri, Naraina Vihar, Delhi Cantonment and South Campus stations.
Here’s a map of the line’s ‘new’ south-west section –
Some images –
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