Kochi: The apparent quality of work on Kochi Metro stations is better than that of Bengaluru & Chennai metros and the safety certificate to commence commercial operations on its 13.20-kilometres-long Aluva-Palarivattom corridor will be submitted to KMRL on Monday, CMRS (Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety) K.A. Manoharan has said.
- He was addressing reporters here on Friday evening after a 5-member team led by him concluded test of the elevated rail corridor, 11 stations on the route and the metro’s depot in Muttom.
- Mr. Manoharan said,“Appreciable work has been done on theme-based stations. My team is satisfied with the safety measures and they will be analysed further while submitting the report.”
- He said, some more CCTV cameras and information boards had to be installed in stations.
- The KMRL had assured that this would be done in a week.
- Some improvements were also required in signalling & telecom systems.
- He said,“We inspected tracks, interface between signalling and telecommunication systems and trains, stations, fire alarms, CCTV systems and the information/public address system.”
- An elated Managing Director of KMRL Elias George said, he was delighted to hear the CMRS appreciating theme-based stations.
- Soon after receiving the safety certificate and inspection report on Monday, we will carry out service trials using ‘dummy’ passengers, while Kudumbasree workers & security men will be exposed to managing the crowd that is likely to pour in once the project is commissioned.
- The date will be decided based on the Prime Minister’s convenience.
- He said, uplifting literary quotes from Malayalam, Indian and world literature will be displayed in stations and trains.
- He said,“We took a cue from the London Tube where poetry verses are displayed in trains.”
- The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation would have to carry out suggestions made by the CMRS, following which KMRL would have to give compliance report to the CMRS, Metro sources said
- The CMRS also verified competency of metro personnel and his recommendations are likely to figure in Monday’s inspection report.
- Others who were present included the Deputy Commissioners of Railway Safety, G.P. Garg & E. Srinivas, and KMRL directors.