RDSO’s nod to Mazee Metro service in At-Grade section

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 09:48:00


Staff Reporter,

For Nagpurians, a New Year gift is in offing as only CMRS inspection remains before beginning of commercial services on 5.4 km stretch from Khapri to Airport South

Comes the new year and Nagpurians can look forward to beginning of a new era, the Metro Rail service, as RDSO has given its nod for starting the services on Khapri-Airport South, the At-Grade section of Mazee Metro. The receipt of Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) is a major milestone for Maha Metro which is executing the prestigious project in mass rapid transit system (MRTS). While the track work in the section is almost complete, the construction of station buildings are in full swing. Once station buildings are readied, the much awaited start of commercial services would be a big achievement for Nagpur Metro, and perhaps it would one of the fastest start of services in country.

As per the procedure the RDSO certificate is sent to Railway Board which is then forwarded to office of Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) which would study the notes and also undertake physical inspection of the facilities. RDSO goes into technical matters while CMRS cross check all the safety related aspects of Metro Rail operations and is the final authority in Metro Rail matters.

CMRS is an independent institution and works under administrative control of Ministry of Civil Aviation. Each Train set of Metro is a self-propelled bi-directional set consisting of 3 cars each, as in initial days Maha Metro estimate low response of commuters and once the footfall increases the number of coaches can be increased as and when required. At either end of the coach would be driving motors coaches that enables savings on time and Electric Motor Units (EMU) coaches would enabled faster propulsion, a necessity for faster movement.

Maha Metro plans to open the At-grade 5.4 km priority section from Khapri to Airport South station of Nagpur Metro with passenger EMU coaches. The journey from Khapri station to New Airport and from New Airport to Airport South will be completed in 7 minutes each. Trains will be run in two spells in morning and evening in weekdays at an interval of about 30 minutes and on both Saturdays and Sundays suitably.

Since the signalling work is in progress the initial Mazee Metro rail services in the At-Grade section would be a joy ride, covering three stations namely, Khapri, New Airport and Airport South Station. This would also enable Metro official to gauge people's reaction and enable them to take corrective steps if required.

To reach out to Nagpur populace at large and ensure people catch fancy of the Metro service, Maha Metro has planned various socio-cultural activities at the new stations during the initial months to improve the passenger experience during joy rides. Multimodal integration at all the three stations is also being planned to ease the accessibility of these stations, said the Metro release.