The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has given a green signal to inspect the ‘At grade section’ of Nagpur Metro. It is expected that the final inspection will be held on April 6 and 7.
If all goes well, the MahaMetro will commence the commercial operations by April end.
Under the ministry of civil aviation, an agency called CMRS inspects all the aspects of a Metro rail project and issues a certificate. Apparently, the commercial operations of metros are not allowed without CMRS's approval.
Last trial run of grade section was held on September 30. Ever since then, MahaMetro was trying to get the required clearances from Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) and CMRS.
On 16 January, this year, officials of CMRS visited the metro project and were quite satisfied with the system. However, CMRS Arvind Kumar Jain showed some concern and assured to conduct another inspection in February. But due to various reasons, this inspection got delayed.
“However, the team is on a four-day visit to Chhindwara to inspect the gauge conversion work of Nagpur-Chhindwarasection. We hope the team will come in the second week of April. MahaMetro is fully ready with its preparations for commercial operations and just needs CMRS nod,” TOI quoted a source.
In the meantime, MahaMetro installed an oscillation monitoring system (OMS) and took a self-trial. They also sent the result to RDSO. Later RDSO issued the speed certification on December 4. This speed certificate was then submitted to CMRS.
For now, MahaMetro's work is in full swing. Three metro stations Khapri, New Airport and Airport South of 'At grade section' are being speedily constructed and officials are looking forward to complete the work before the commercial run.
According to the reports, all passenger amenities are available at the stations and only interior decoration work is in process.
Information Source: TOI
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