Updating about the status of Nagpur MahaMetro, managing director Brijesh Dixit expressed confidence in having two stretches of Nagpur Metro going functional by the month of March.
The two stretches are Sitabuldi to Khapri (Reach 1) and Sitabuldi to Hingna Road (Reach 3). With the kind of ongoing works, it seems that Reach 1 will complete before Reach 3.
“Work on the viaduct of Reach 1 is 97% complete. All the pile foundations and segment casting are complete. As far as segment launching is concerned, 302 spans out of 307 have been launched and remaining work will be completed within a few days. Some 58 pier arms out of 62 are complete,” Dixit told TOI.
Metro, when functional on Reach 1, will have only six stations operational in the beginning. Three of them are complete as of now and the rest three (Airport, Jaiprakash Nagar and Sitabuldi) are still work-in-progress. Presently, Airport is 65% complete; Jaiprakash Nagar’s is at 48% and Sitabuldi at 50%. Sitabuldi’s north-south platform is ready but the overall station is unfinished still.
65% of the telecommunication work has been done.
“All equipment are being programmed at Airport South station. The programming of equipment would be completed by January 12. Then they would then be shifted to respective Metro stations. Once shifted, equipment can be commissioned in a single day,” Dixit further said.
By February, the auxiliary substation and 33kV cable network work will be completed. It is presently at an advanced stage. 80% of the work has already been completed for the stations in question and viaduct. The electrical equipments needed for the three stations have been ordered. The remaining work is in progress and deemed to be finished before the tentative deadline. 70% works of installing overhead electrical portals has concluded and the rest will be done by the end of the month. The design, procurement, manufacturing and installation of the whole signalling system has been 70% completed. The signalling interlocking system has been fixed at the grade stretch. The Khapri station will have a signalling system based on communication based train control (CBTC) equipment. The equipments are being installed at the Airport and Jaiprakash Nagar stations. The signaling systems are being prepared for service trails at the grade section.
However, the depot at MIHAN where the trains will be sent for parking and maintenance is one the most important components of the operation.
“Overall progress achieved so far is 60%. Time and security office, traction sub station, auto coach washing plant along with control room, laying of test track, engineering train unit (ETU), shed and auxiliary sub station are complete and operational. Other buildings such as main office, internal cleaning shed, underground pump room are under advance stage of construction. Two rakes along with required machineries have been arranged,” said the MD.
MahaMetro is now harvesting on human capital.
“Some 33 new staffers have joined in various capacities. The posts on which they have joined are section engineer, junior engineer, station controller, train operator, traffic controller and technician. The new recruits were given basic training of Metro operations. An orientation programme was also organized for them. They have been sent to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for further training in the areas of telecom, signalling, automatic fare collection (AFC), etc. The entire training process at DMRC will last for one month,” said Dixit.
MahaMetro will only be able to run the trains after the completion of works when it gets a clearance from Research Standards and Design Organization (RDSO) and Commissioner of Metrol Rail Safety (CMRS). The documents are already being sent to the authorities by the MahaMetro so that the inspection can be carried out in March and the latter get a nod for running the Metro.
Information source: timesofindia
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