The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Friday successfully completed the first trial run on the 4.05 kilometre stretch from Barakhamba road in central Delhi to Karol Bagh in western part of the city.

The integrated trial run tested the overhead electrification, signalling, track and other control systems. DMRC will continue the trial run on this section for the next two months. It will later be extended to Dwarka sub-city in west Delhi.

The entire 22.79-km Barakhamba-Dwarka link will be opened by December this year.

Extension on both sides linking Barakhamba to Indraprastha (2.81 kilometre) and Dwarka to Dwarka sub-city (6.5 kilometre) will be opened in March 2006.

The Barakhamba station is the first underground station of the Delhi Metro to be built completely with indigenous expertise.

At present, DMRC has two operational lines in the capital covering a total distance of 33 km. Around 275,000 passengers commute by the metro every day, which generates daily revenue of Rs.3 million.