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Badarpur-Faridabad metro corridor: NCR’s first solar equipped metro line

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New Delhi: Delhi-NCR’s first solar-equipped Badarpur-Faridabad Metro corridor will be inaugurated by PM Modi on Sunday, which will hopefully provide relief to 1.95 lakh passengers per day by December 2015.

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It will be the first corridor in which all the stations and depots will be equipped with solar power plants and would ensure commuting to the Delhi suburb gets quicker.

The 13.87 km Delhi (Badarpur)-Faridabad (Escorts Mujesar) Metro corridor is equipped with solar power generation facilities at all stations and depots.

The new facility will also ease out travelling for commuters who have to presently rely on shared auto rickshaws and state buses for their further journey to Faridabad from Badarpur Metro Station.

“I stay in Faridabad Sector 86. Everyday it takes about 30 minutes to reach the Badarpur metro station by an autorickshaw from my house. The distance is about 11 km. The Metro will help reduce the travel time significantly,” said Suresh Kumar, who works in a media organisation.

The new corridor will have Delhi Metro’s first ever green electrical Receiving Sub Station (RSS) with a host of eco-friendly features and this will be constructed at Faridabad to cater to the energy requirements of the upcoming completely elevated corridor.

The Rs.2,900-crore project, an extension of the currently operational violet line between ITO and Badarpur – will have nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar.

A media preview and train ride was organised by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on the Faridabad corridor on Friday.

Talking to reporters, Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), said: “Two more stations at NCB Colony and Ballabhgarh will also be added to this line by 2017, which will increase the length of the line by 3.2 km.”

“This is the first solar line in Delhi. These solar plants will partially fulfill the energy requirements of the corridor. The minimum rate of tickets will start from Rs.8,” Dayal added.

The depot for this section has been constructed near Sector 20A in Faridabad and will be called Ajronda Depot.

Stating that the power generated would be used for the lighting and other auxiliary requirements of the station and depot buildings, Dayal said: “The power Receiving Sub Station (RSS) of the Faridabad corridor has already been developed as a green building with a 50 KWp solar plant, rain water harvesting and constructed wet land type of sewage treatment plant facilities.”

From ITO, the section will expand up to Kashmere Gate on the other side.

Once fully operational, Line-6 will run from Kashmere Gate to Ballabhgarh along 46.60 km and 34 stations. Of these, five – Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Mandir – will be interchange stations.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Pakistan Tests its 1st Metro Train in Lahore Under CPEC

Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country's eastern Punjab province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

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Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country’s eastern Punjab province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

According to a statement from the Punjab government, Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, inaugurated the test run of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), which has been tested once earlier.

“The OLMT is Pakistan’s first mass rapid transit train project launched by the Punjab government. It will prove to be a real game changer for the people of Lahore and Punjab, who will experience a comfortable, secure and economical travelling facility,” said the statement.

Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore.
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The test run was free of cost for travellers. The chief minister also took a tour of the train along with Chinese consular general in Lahore and senior officials of the Punjab government.

“The OLMT project will transform people’s lives. The project will become the basis of an interaction between different classes of society by creating a sense of equality and ownership in social terms,” said the chief minister.

A total of 27 sets of trains, each comprising five cars, will be used for the service in the project, a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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An energy-saving air-conditioning system suitable for the constant high summer temperature and unstable voltage in Lahore is the main trait of the train, said the officials, adding that the train has heat-resistant bogies, which will increase its durability.

The OLMT is the first of the three rail lines of the proposed Lahore Metro project that is expected to transport half a million people daily. The OLMT, with an operating speed of 80 km per hour, is expected to be used by up to 250,000 passengers a day at 26 stations. (IANS)

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