George says Metro Phase 1 will be operational by April end

All tests and trial run are under way for commercial operations

George says Metro Phase 1 will be operational by April end
Namma Metro phase 1 will meet the April 15 deadline set by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as many of the tests that are part of the trial run are already under way, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said on Wednesday.

He was speaking to mediapersons after inspecting the underground section between Kempegowda and Sampige Road stations. The minister and Metro officials said all the works in the underground section between RV Road and Sampige Road have been completed. When reporters pointed out that several civic works were pending in the stations, the minister reassured that all the civic works would be over by April.

The minister expressed confidence of beginning the commercial operations at the end of next month. “Unless a rectification is required during the course of the trial run, there will not be any more delay,” the minister said. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola said the trials were not limited to running a train, which is just a part of 18 different tests required before commencing the commercial operations.

“We have handed over both the tracks to (French company) Alstom for the tests. After obtaining a certificate from them, we will go for the inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS),” he added.

The BMRCL gave a list of 18 tests, including 17 internal tests and the CMRS inspection. Seven of the 18 tests, including ultrasonic weld checks for cracks and laser test for track position accuracy, have been completed. While three tests are in progress, two others will start next week.

The five remaining internal tests involve running the train at low and high speeds. The dynamic tests ensure all the components of Metro — from power supply, acceleration-deceleration to air conditioner, operation of doors as well as passenger experience — function according to safety requirements. Alstom will run multiple trains and conduct anti-collision test before beginning the service trial, following which the section from Sampige Road to Yelachenahalli will be inspected by the CMRS.

The underground section of the Metro is well equipped to handle any fire incident. Metro officials held a mock fire drill for minister George on Wednesday to show how Metro riders will not be asphyxiated in case of a fire incident in the section.
Thick clouds of smoke were blown away within a matter of two minutes by blasts of wind coming from the Kempegowda station.
 
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