Trial Run Conducted On Kolkata Metro's East-West Corridor
The Kolkata East-West Metro took a step towards becoming operational soon as the trial run of its underground services were successfully conducted on May 31. The aim of the trial was to check the design defects in the tunnel as well as the alignment between train doors and the platform. The six-coach train is slated to operate between the Phoolbagan and Sealdah on the East-West Metro corridor.
The rail board has also given approval to the commercial run of the 5.5-km stretch on May 20. The route running between Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium was expected to become operational in April but was delayed due to last minute glitches. The software company, which was expected to deliver the product by March 31, missed the deadline.
The route is now expected to become operational soon after it receives approvals for mandatory testing and commissioning processes.
Earlier in January, the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) had unveiled an indigenously built prototype coach that boasts double the speed of the existing rakes, amenities for the differently abled and reduced chances of a collision. The sleek, all air-conditioned prototype coach, manufactured by Bengaluru-based BEML, has in-built features to take a wheel-chair bound person directly inside the compartment, facilitated by platforms with ramps for the differently abled.
This new train will have six coaches and would run at a maximum speed of 80 km/hr, double the speed limit of 40 km/hr of the existing North-South Metro.
Trains on this stretch will have a frequency of 2.5 minutes during peak hours.
The coaches will be operated by Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) technology from the control room at the KMRC Central Depot at Salt Lake. This will make the driver’s role limited to overseeing passenger movement and opening and closing of doors.
According to Electrical Engineer Prasenjit Chakraborty at KMRC, these coaches would be 2.88-metre wide with a total seating capacity of 268 and standing capacity of 1,782. There will be four CCTVs in different parts of every compartment.
As many as nine trains have been procured by the KMRC from BEML for this route.
With inputs from Housing News