Rlys dents Metro chief's confidence

Long way to go for BMRCL to get required certifications

Rlys dents Metro chief's confidence

Speaking to Deccan Herald, the CRS, K J S Naidu, who will inspect the metro project here before certifying it, said: “There is no official application with me. The BMRCL, had sent an application sometime ago, but I have returned it to them stating that it cannot be accepted.”

Confident

Admitting that there are some problems with the CRS, BMRCL Managing Director N Sivasailam exuded confidence that the BMRCL will be able to attain the required certification in order to meet the deadline.

“I do not know how the CRS is stating that there is no official application while we have sent it to him in February. Of course, there are some documents that we haven’t submitted but the application is there,” he said.

Sivasailam admitted that the Corporation is yet to submit documents pertaining to fire, lift and escalator clearances among other things, but said that his team is in the process of working out things.

Reacting to this, Naidu said: “I cannot say how he (Sivasailam) is saying that officially there is no application before me as on today. ”

Hurdles

Besides, there are other problems that the BMRCL is facing to meet the Ugadi deadline for the commercial operations of the Reach-I (Baiyappanahalli-MG Road) of the project.

Briefing reporters on the sidelines of the Metro’s exclusive signature tune release function here, Sivasailam said: “I am confident about meeting the deadline although not all facilities will be available for the passengers. Facilities like the ATMs and other things will take more time.”

Pending

He also said that the particulars about the schedule of dimension and track structure, which the Railways is supposed to give BMRCL, is still pending and also that having to comply with the Central Act –– Metro Operations Act 2002 –– is causing delays.

While the schedule of dimension and track structure are expected anytime now, Sivasailam said: “About the new Act and compliance with it, the Urban Development Department has already written to the Law Ministry and we are just awaiting its publication.”

Sivasailam called for co-operation from other agencies in order to meet the April 4 deadline.

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