Taking another step towards making Nagpur a ‘Metro City’, Maha-metro has decided to conduct Nagpur metro's maiden trial run. This trial is scheduled on August 10. However, the date may vary as per the availability of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in the city. The trial will take place on a 5.8km patch on the ground level stretch.
The trial was scheduled after the Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) was urged to inspect Nagpur Metro. The test will only be for the electrical and civil works and rolling stock (waggons). Once the CRS gives the green signal the Commercial operations on at grade stretch will begin.
According to the Mahametro General Manager Anil Kokate, all the works including track laying, electrical traction, rolling stock availability and civil work will end up by July end. About 80% work of track laying has been completed
Talking to TOI Kokate said, "The track is being laid on ballast (gravel) as well as concrete. Track on ballast has almost been laid and that on concrete is 50% complete. The work will be over by July end".
The Rolling stock from Hyderabad will reach the city by the end of this month. It will be transported by road in 30m long trailers. Each trailer will carry one waggon. "We have constructed an unloading platform at Mihan depot. As soon as the coaches arrive they will be coupled electrically and mechanically and their static and dynamic testing will be started," Kokate added.