Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on Wednesday surveyed the showcase Airport Express Line, which failed a safety test in September, as the organisation prepares to invite the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety to inspect the corridor for his clearance.
Sreedharan visited the 22-km high-speed corridor and oversaw the functioning of baggage handling facilities, Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Gates, entrances of the stations and other interchange facilities. “He expressed satisfaction about the operational preparedness of this line,” a DMRC spokesman said.
Sources said DMRC chief also told his officials to expedite the process of inviting the CMRS for an inspection.
They said the process to invite CMRS R K Kardam has already begun and he will be invited soon. The line can be opened for public only after Kardam gives his nod. Kardam had refused to give the safety certificate in September as the consortium led by Reliance Infrastructure did not complete work and conduct speed trials. Sreedharan today inspected the New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, Airport and Dwarka Sec-21 Metro stations.
He was also accompanied by the Director of Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited (DAMEPL), Mr K P Maheshwari and other officials from DMRC and DAMEPL. The line missed its Commonwealth Games deadline and is likely to be opened by this month.
A DAMEPL spokesman said the application to CMRS is being sent and as soon as the inspection takes place and the approval is received the line will be operational. The Airport Express Line promises to take passengers from Connaught Place to Indira Gandhi International Airport in 18 minutes.