‘Nagpur Metro service likely by year end’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Aug 2017 10:17:35


Staff Reporter,

Commercial service of Nagpur Metro on the At Grade section of Khapri is likely to start by end of this year. Disclosing this here on Friday, Brijesh Dixit, Maha Metro, said that prior to that we are trying to get 5.5 km At Grade section inspected by Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) sometimes in September.

Initially, the service would be more of joy ride as people would like to get feel of travelling in Metro. The service would run form Khapri Depot to South Airport extension and back. But Dixit said plan is to extensively use Metro coaches, those on lease from Hyderabad Metro, for deployment of men and material on North-South Corridor of Nagpur Metro.

Right now NMRCL is busy with internal testing of new tracks and rolling stock, and these tests are quite intensive and would go on for entire month. Dixit further stated that Metro Rail coaches would bear Nagpur’s stamp. They would represent the local culture, tradition of region and its rich heritage.

He released sketch of colour and design of Metro bogies that are to be assembled here at Butibori and would start coming in from mid August next year. Addressing a press conference, he said that the three coaches brought from Hyderabad are on lease for a period of three-years with option of extending the lease. Unveiling the leased coaches, they would now undergo paint job to don the Orange colour chosen for Nagpur Metro, one could see hectic construction activity on 5.5 km At Grade section from Airport till Khapri Depot.

RDSO testing is very intensive as they go in for speed tests as well as oscillation tests, in it weights are put inside the coaches and also on trolley and wheels to determine their shaking in horizontal and vertical ways and measures the impact. There are certain standards and the oscillation of coaches has to meet these parameters, Dixit explained.

Asked about the installation of solar panels, Dixit said that now Mahagenco has evinced interest and this is a welcomed development. They being the sister company of MahaVitran, it is going to supply power to Nagpur Metro, suits us very well. To keep the overhead costs of Metro low, Nagpur Metro plans to rely heavily on Solar power.

Janak Kumar Garg, Chief Project Manager (Rolling Stock), Nagpur Metro, was also present at the press conference held at Khapri Depot.