Metro to JLN Stadium from Sunday

The main venue of the Commonwealth Games-- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium -- will get connected by the Metro tomorrow, just hours before the mega sporting event begins.

The 16-km Central Secretariat-Sarita Vihar corridor will be opened to the public at 8 AM tomorrow with the DMRC getting the mandatory certificate for launching of commercial services from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety R K Kardam.

There will be no formal function as the Games begin tomorrow evening. Passenger services will start simultaneously from Central Secretariat and Sarita Vihar at 8 AM tomorrow, DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

The DMRC plans to run 29 Standard Gauge Metro trains for on the corridor during peak hours. This is the second Standard Gauge line to come up in the country after the Delhi Metro's Inderlok-Mundka corridor.

Pilot trains to check the preparedness will be run on this line with officers from signaling, electrical, track and rolling stock as per the standard safety precautions followed by DMRC, he said.

The line is part of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor, but the DMRC decided to inaugurate the line till Sarita Vihar due to non-completion of work on the remaining corridor which was originally scheduled to open by September end. Work on the line was delayed after an underconstruction pillar collapsed in Zamrudpur in south Delhi last July killing seven people.

The opening of the line will facilitate people who are planning to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. People can directly go to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from the station.

A train will arrive every 2 minutes and 40 seconds to cater to the passenger rush due to the Games, Dayal said.

He said train movement on this line will be personally monitored by senior Metro officers from the Operations Control Room throughout the inaugural function tomorrow.

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