New Delhi: Months after completion, the ITO Metro station is finally ready for a safety audit. According to senior government officials, the safety audit is likely to take place in the first week of June. Conducted by the commissioner of Metro rail safety (CMRS), the safety audit is required before the line from Mandi House to ITO is commissioned.
The station is ready to start operations after getting the approval from the commissioner, officials said. Earlier, the CMRS had refused to audit the stretch since the Delhi Metro had planned to have single line operations on the track for some time. At that time, officials had said that the Delhi Metro could start operations within a few days after geting a green signal from the CMRS. However, the urban development ministry had to bring about a change in the rules of the Delhi Metro Act, to allow single line operations, before the safety audit could have been conducted.
The ITO Metro station, once it opens, is expected to have a ridership of 40,000 and decongest the ITO intersection. Over one lakh vehicles use the intersection every day, according to the Delhi traffic police.