Delhi Metro had begun initial trials on the 9.41- km-long Dilshad Garden – New Bus Adda corridor in Ghaziabad. This corridor is an extension of the presently operational Dilshad Garden – Rithala corridor (Line 1) also called the Red Line. This entirely elevated section will comprise of 8 stations namely; Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda.
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 signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing.
In addition, the response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behavior of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly during all the trials.
Construction of this corridor was a major challenge as it runs along the busy GT Road which has non – stop traffic running throughout the day. Due to this most of the construction activities including launching of girders had to be carried out during night hours.
The stations of this corridor have been specially designed with the station buildings on either side of the road and the platform on the central verge along the viaduct. i.e. the platforms are not a part of the station buildings. The platforms are connected to each station building with the help of FOBs on either side. Each station has an FOB and two station buildings. The FOBs have been divided into paid and non paid area and can be used to reach the platform as well as cross the road. Only the Hindon River station building is a standard station with a single building off the road and the platform inside the station building. This is the only station where the alignment also has gone off the road.
This would be the second Metro Line in Ghaziabad after Vaishali and the first metro link connecting the interiors of Ghaziabad. This corridor will pass through the Sahibabad Industrial Area and will significantly impact the residential areas lying in proximity. The metro line will connect residents of Ghaziabad City with various parts of Delhi / NCR. Currently, commuters have to rely on last mile connectivity from Dilshad Garden to reach Sahibabad. Connectivity to Mohan Nagar from Dilshad Garden would also improve considerably.
Currently the 25.09-km- long Red Line operates between Rithala and Dilshad Garden. After opening of this 9.41-km- long section, the entire Red Line will become 34.50 kms in length.
Ritu Maheshwari, DM and GDA VC had tweeted on April 25: “Proud to share that first Movement of metro train from Dilshad garden to New Bus Adda done today! Signalling trials begin Monday (August 27) !Hope to have works/ trials completed and Metro services commenced by November.” She had also thanked UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Ghaziabad MP, Gen VK Singh (retd) for the same.