Metro rail likely to open airport line in 10 days
Commuters may be able to take a metro train from Koyambedu all the way to the airport in less than two weeks. The commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS) on Thursday began a two-day inspection of the new Little Mount-airportelevated line.
This is the final stage of certification required for commissioning the line.Metro rail officials said CMRS S K Mittal travelled on an electric locomotive and also on mobile inspection trolleys along the 9-km stretch. Once the line is commissioned, trains from Koyambedu will be operated to airport via Alandur.
The officials will inspect all facilities for running the trains, including the rolling stock, tracks, and electrification.
The four-car train would be run at varying speeds to test the tracks. Facilities for passengers both in the station and on the train would also be inspected.
Following the CMRS certification, metro rail offici als will get the final nod from the state government to commission the line. The stretch was initially planned for completion by December 2015. Some more work needs to be done for the stations.
The elevated stretch between Little Mount and the airport is part of the 23.1-km corridor linking Washermenpet with the airport. It will have six stations, including at Guindy, Alandur, Nanganallur Road and Meenambakkam.
The commissioning of the line depends on whether the commissioner suggests changes to be made. Metro rail officials are also confident of getting the approval early as they had already been through and completed similar inspections along the elevated corridor from Koyambedu to Alandur last year.
“It took about 10 days to get CMRS approval for the Koyambedu-Alandur line last year,“ an official said.
Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) applied for CMRS inspection earlier this month after it received speed certificate, one of the four certificates from the Indian Railways’ Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) based in Lucknow.
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