Prime Minister Modi to open two Metro sections in Delhi this week

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

With only few days to go before the election Code of Conduct comes into effect, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate two Delhi Metro sections on two consecutive days, March 8 and March 9, informed sources said on Wednesday.

The Commissioner of Rail Safety on Wednesday gave the green light to the Noida City Centre – Noida Electronic City extension of the Dwarka-Noida Blue Line, which will be opened to the public on March 9.

“Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety S.K Pathak has accorded the mandatory approval for the commencement of passenger operations on the 6.675-km-long Noida City Centre – Noida Electronic City section of the Blue Line of Delhi Metro.

“Passenger services on the section will be started on 9th March, 2019 at 8 a.m following the formal inauguration of this section and the Dilshad Garden – Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) corridor on 8th March, 2019,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corp said in a statement.

Sources said that Modi will inaugurate the Dilshad Garden – Bus Adda section, a Red Line extension, in person and the Noida extension via remote from there.

The 6.67-km Noida section will have six elevated stations: Noida Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Noida Electronic City Metro stations.

Although the opening of the section will improve Delhi-Noida connectivity, the enterprise will still be frustrated to the extent that Noida’s own 29-km-long Aqua Line will not have an interchange station with the Blue Line, and the passengers will still be required to leave station on one line to get on the other.

On Monday, Modi inaugurated the first phase of Ahmedabad Metro and travelled in it.