Delhi Metro has finally approached the safety commissioner for the inspection of the ITO-Kashmere Gate 'Heritage Corridor' even though it is likely to miss the March launch deadline.
The 5.17-km-long section, an extension of the Faridabad -ITO corridor (Violet Line), can be thrown open only after the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) declares it fit for commercial operations.
"Metro has submitted the relevant papers to the CMRS for scrutiny. DMRC has also submitted papers to ISA (Independent Safety Assessor) for safety certification of signalling systems.
"The documents will be scrutinised by CMRS office and thereafter CMRS inspection shall be planned. The line will be opened for public after safety certification of signalling system by ISA," a metro official said.
Trial runs began last August on this section that will have three stations - Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
DMRC chief Mangu Singh had said the line was well on course for launch last December but labour crunch triggered by a ban on construction and demolition activities and demonetisation led to the delay.