New Delhi: Literally hopping over the busy Northern Railway tracks and a PWD flyover along the Outer Ring Road, a first Metro train ran across the new extension of Yellow Line from Jahangirpuri till Samaypur Badli which held its first safety trials on Friday.
The 4.392-km extension will directly connect HUDA City Centre with Samaypur Badli by extending the existing Yellow Line beyond Jahangirpuri. The construction work for this elevated stretch, part of the Phase-III of the network, is almost complete and is expected to be opened for commuters after successful trials and mandatory approvals, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.
Starting from Jahangirpuri, there would be three stations on the stretch — Badli Mor, Rohini Sector 18 and Samaypur Badli, serving residents of North Delhi areas such as Jahangirpuri, Samaypur, Badli, Transport Nagar, GT Karnal Road and parts of Rohini.
Talking about the challenges involved in the construction of this new stretch, Metro officials said it required close coordination with various agencies, including Railways and the PWD, as the line had to go over a railway track as well as an under-construction flyover. A 45-m-long steel span made out of 200 metric tonnes of steel had to be used to make it possible for trains to cross the Delhi-Ambala section of the Northern Railway and the flyover.
“Since the PWD is also constructing flyover on the Outer Ring Road, there is one common pier for the Metro alignment and the flyover, which is unqiue,” a project engineer said.
The elevated station that has come up at Badli Mor is also massive in size. With four levels, as it has been built in a way to make it possible to handle the load of two platforms, catering to Phase-III and also Phase-IV. In Phase-IV, it will become an interchange station with the proposed RK Ashram, Mukundpur-Janakpuri (West) section.
Departing from convention of rather monotonous colour schemes of other stations, the DMRC has given a colourful outlook to the new station as it was located in a largely industrial area, said a metro official.