Date Of Post: 26 Feb, 2018
Kolkata: The first rake for the East-West Metro Corridor will be arriving in Kolkata by the end of March, an official in KMRCL (Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.) confirmed. This will be the first of 14 rakes to be supplied by BEML Limited. It will be one of the most advanced in the country, the official claimed.
- A KMRCL official said,“Most of the components procured from abroad have been fitted and the first rake is in its advanced stage of completion. We are on our toes and we hope to commission services between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake stadium before the Pujas. We hope to receive delivery of the first rake by the end of March. It will take nearly 15 days to move the rake from Bengaluru to Kolkata by road. It can’t be transported by rail due to the gauge difference.”
- Once the first rake arrives, it will undergo trials before being declared fit for commercial runs.
- Another official said,“The rakes we have ordered from BEML will be among the most advanced in the world. These will use the communication-based train control (CBTC) system, which will allow trains to be controlled directly from central control room. The motormen will have little to do, so far as running of the trains is concerned. However, they will control the opening and closing of doors and monitor operations to be able to take over in case of emergencies.”
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