CMRS inspection of Nagpur Metro next week

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 09:18:42


Staff Reporter,

The commercial launch of Nagpur Metro services depends on the final inspection slated for next week by Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS). A team led by CMRS, Central Circle, along with officials from Mumbai and Lucknow would inspect the rolling stock and MIHAN car depot to adjudge the safety aspects. The inspection is slated for January 16 and subsequent to it, the final sanction from Railway Board for use of rolling stock for passenger service of the Maha Metro would be provided.

As per the programme received here, the team of senior officials will arrive for a day-long visit and initially, inspect Rolling Stock and Maintenance facilities at Metro Car depot at MIHAN. The inspection is also essential to ensure safety and comfort of passengers travelling in Metro trains. The team will also travel by the Metro train from Airport South Station to MIHAN Car Depot to oversee all the facilities.

The services are set for soft launch probably by next month and in this regard the visit of CMRS assumes importance. The 6.5 km At-Grade section of Nagpur Metro is ready and Metro officials are eager to commence the services, which albeit will be more of joy ride, but still provide Nagpurians a peek in to rapid transport mode. From Metro point of view the footfalls would provide an insight into mood of citizens as future commercial operations success hinges on patronage.

During this ride, the team will check all the parameters relevant for smooth and safe operation of the train. The team will inspect depot facilities like mobile jack, rescue equipment and shunter, necessary for maintenance of the train. The team will also inspect the traction sub-station used for feeding 25 KW traction supply for main line and depot.

Also it may be recalled that trial run on the 5.1 km long section was held on September 30 last year and it was flagged of by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The Maha Metro Nagpur team is fully geared up for the proposed CMRS visit and is equally confident of obtaining requisite approval for the commencement of passenger run.