Metro oscillation trials from tomorrow

Metro oscillation trials from tomorrow

The team, according to sources in the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), comprises supervising officers and technical staff.

The RDSO officials, who arrived on Sunday evening at the KR Puram station, brought with them a special vehicle and a Track Recording Car (TRC), which has three to four coaches equipped with various machines, to check the speed of the train, track design and other parameters.

A group of officials on Monday afternoon took a ride on the Metro train from the Byappanahalli station to assess the requirements for carrying out the test, while others were busy at Byappanahalli where a Metro coach was being fitted with sensors and measuring systems to aid the oscillation trials and the emergency brake distance trial.

The RDSO is expected to prepare a database of various aspects of the track. RDSO officials further explained that in the absence of major technical glitches, it would not take more than 10 days for the test to complete, after which the Commissioner for Rail Safety (CRS) will start the inspection.

While almost everything seems set for a quick completion of trials and inspection, so that Bangaloreans can take the ride they have been waiting for eagerly, it is not all hunky-dory.

For, even before the CRS could conduct the inspection, the BMRCL has to conduct a 2,500-km trial run.

Fresh speed limit is being set by RDSO as the organisation had, earlier this year, refused to provide some key certificates owing it to the structure and design problems faced on the stretch (Byappanahalli-MG Road).

Although sources in the BMRCL say the Corporation is confident of completing the trial-run quickly for the CRS to inspect, there is no commitment on when Reach-I will be commercially operated.

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