CCRS nod, not CRS inspection will be Metro's last hurdle

CCRS nod, not CRS inspection will be Metro's last hurdle

CRS Deepak Kumar Singh, who inspected a part of the line on Tuesday, said: “After our inspection, the project will be subjected to the scrutiny of the Chief Commissioner for Railway Safety (CCRS).”

Not only the project must satisfy the inspecting team, it should also comply with the requirements of the CCRS.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Singh said: “We found that Reach-1 is not 100 per cent complete.”

Even BMRCL is yet to release an official statement about the Railway Board’s sanction for the opening of the line, despite stating that the CRS inspection will only be done after the Board gives the sanction.

It is noteworthy that even the CRS, unlike the regular practice, had scrutinised the documents before he and his team could inspect the project.

Non compliance

BMRCL, on Tuesday, got some advice on operation and maintenance from the CRS, who did not find everything in total compliance.

Although Singh said there was no problem with the construction, he did not hesitate to say operation and maintenance works need improvement.

The team started the inspection from the MG Road Station and went upto the Swami Vivekananda Road Station. All aspects were scrutinised, from the stations to passenger amenities, from operation and maintenance to quality of tracks and viaducts.

Control centres

More importantly, the team inspected the control centres at the stations, which are key to the operations of the Metro, given that the coaches, despite having trained personnel, mostly run automatically.

On the implications of the rectifications that the BMRCL would have to do, he said, it depends on BMRCL.

“Whether they are minor or major rectifications depends on the time BMRCL takes to rectify.”

The team will inspect Byappanahalli depot on Thursday morning.