Do you live in Noida? Or Do you travel to Noida a lot? Well, if yes, then we have good news for you. The trial on the extended Delhi Metro Blue Line has begun and very soon the new extended line connecting Noida City Centre to Noida Electronic City corridor will be operational. The entire extended Blue Line corridor will be elevated and will add six more stations - Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Electronic City. "Initial test runs began today (Friday) on the 6.8 km-long Noida City Centre – Noida Electronic City. These trials are just preliminary and signalling trials will begin soon," a senior official said.
The Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City corridor is an extension of the currently operational Blue Line between Dwarka Sector 21 and Noida City Centre (Line 3) of the Delhi Metro. The preliminary trial is to ensure there is no physical blockage on the track.
"During the trial runs, the interaction of the metro train with physical infringements (civil structure) will be checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. The entire signalling system will also undergo rigorous testing," the official said.
The monitoring of trains at different speeds would be done additionally. This will also include the braking system and interconnection with the operations control center (OCC). The track system and the overhead electrification would be checked repeatedly during the trial, the official said.
When operational, the Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City corridor would become the Delhi Metro's third Metro link in Noida and the second largest (56.73 km) after the Majlis Park–Shiv Vihar section (Pink Line), which is 59 km long. The other two Metro links in Noida are Noida Sector 15-Noida City Centre and Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj.
Meanwhile, the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua line has also got the approval to begin the commercial operations after Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) received a final and mandatory safety inspection report. Following the approval, the NMRC has written to the Uttar Pradesh government to finalise the date of inauguration. The much-awaited Aqua Line that would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, covering 29.7 km through 21 stations.