INDIAN Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh formally opened the first section of Delhi Metro’s underground Line 2 on December 19, when he was presented with the first copy of a new book commemorating construction of the network over the past six years.

Delhi Metro Rail Corp began revenue services on Line 2 at 06.00 on the following day. The initial 4 km section runs from Delhi University at Vishwavidyalaya to the interchange with Line 1 at Kashmere Gate, serving two intermediate stations.

Services are being operated using four trains, with one more available in reserve at Vishwavidyalaya depot. Two more four-car EMUs are being commissioned following delivery from Rotem. DMRC hopes to open the remaining 7 km of Line 2 from Kashmere Gate to Central Secretariat in June.