Delhi Metro on Monday crossed the national capital border and reached its satellite city Noida for the first time with the start of the trial run on the corridor that is expected to be opened to the public by next month.
The opening of the route will result in a paradigm shift in the travel habit of millions of people in the National Capital Region.
Metro began the trial run between Yamuna Bank and Noida Sector 16 Metro stations covering approximately 8 km. This is the first time Delhi Metro crossed the borders of Delhi and entered the NCR region. "The trial run began at 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon after a small puja was performed at the Yamuna Bank Depot. Two trial runs (round trips) were conducted successfully between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm today on this section," DMRC Chief Public Relations Officer Anuj Dayal said.
The 13.1-km stretch between Yamuna Bank and Noida Sector 32 is expected to be inaugurated by the middle of November to enable the people from Noida to visit the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan begining on November 14. The trial runs will continue for one week on this section and is likely to be further extended from Noida Sector -16 to Noida Sector-32 in the first week of November. Trial runs on the section was delayed due to strengthening of piers on the line as a precautionary measure. PTI