The final round of safety inspections on the pending 25.59 km Janakpuri West – Kalkaji Mandir section of Delhi Metro’s new 38.235 km Magenta Line (Line-8) are scheduled to be held over 3 days between May 8 -10 by Shailesh Kumar Pathak – the appointed Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Northern Circle.
These dates were conveyed in a letter sent on Friday afternoon (April 27) by the Commission of Railway Safety, under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to the Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation –
The inspection’s agenda will be added here when known.
DMRC submitted relevant documents to the CMRS’ office in early April to which the CMRS’ office responded by sending the following letter on April 11 requesting for more information –
The DMRC then responded back to this letter on April 13.
This will be the 8th time an inspection is held for commissioning any section of the 162.5 km Phase 3 project and the 2nd time an inspection is held on the Magenta Line after the 12.64 km Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir section’s 3-day inspection in November 2017.
In the upcoming inspection, the CMRS and his team will visually inspect the line’s tunnels, small elevated viaducts (at Shankar Vihar and Sadar Bazaar), tracks and all facets of the stations such as its PA system, signage, safety features, drinking water facilities, station access and control room.
This 25.59 km section of the line includes 16 stations (2 elevated and 14 underground) at Janakpuri West (new station box for interchange with Blue Line), Dabri Mor, Dashratpuri, Palam, Sadar Bazar Cantonment (elevated), IGI Terminal-1, Shankar Vihar (elevated), Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, IIT-Delhi, Hauz Khas (new station box for interchange with Yellow Line), Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, Greater Kailash, GK and Nehru Enclave. Due to a lack of space, I’ve marked only some of the stations below. A full map can be viewed here.
Once inspected and approved by the CMRS, the Magenta Line’s inauguration really depends on the availability of local & national ministers, as well as on the completion of any finishing works at the stations. After its inauguration, about 87.34 km of Phase 3’s 162.5 km routes will be operational and the entire network will become about 278 km long with 199 stations.
Before you leave, check out some stunning images from inside the IGI-Terminal 1 Station here. In the run-up to the line’s inauguration I’ll try posting images from other stations.
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