The final round of safety inspections of Bangalore Metro’s 12 km Sampige Road – Yelachenahalli section of the Green Line are scheduled to be held over 3 days from May 29-31 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Southern Circle. This will be the 6th and final time an inspection is held for commissioning any section of the 42.30 km Phase 1 project.
Prior to the inspection, the CMRS will make a brief visit to the line on May 24 during which a press conference might be held to reveal the inspection’s agenda/schedule.
May 23 Update – Here’s the inspection agenda:
• May 24 – Pre-inspection visit to Yelachenahalli
• May 29 – Inspection of Yelachenahalli – National College (8 kms, Reach 4 & 4A)
• May 30 – Inspection of Sampige Road – National College (4 kms, UG1)
• May 31 – Speed trial & Peenya Depot’s inspection
May 24 Update – A detailed hourly schedule for all 3 days can be viewed here.
Trial runs on this section were first launched on the 8 km elevated Reach-4/4A between National College and Yelachenahalli in November 2016, and then extended northward through the 4 km underground UG-1 section between Sampige Road and National College in March 2017. A team from the Research Design & Standards Organisation (RDSO) conducted speed trials in early May which was followed by a certification of the line’s signalling system by an Independent Safety Assessor.
In the upcoming inspection, the CMRS and his team will visually inspect the line’s tunnels, viaduct, tracks and all facets of the stations such as its PA system, signage, safety features, drinking water facilities, station access and control room. Images of recent inspections, by the same CMRS official, from other metro systems in south India can be viewed here (Kochi) and here (Chennai).
This section will add 10 new stations to the network at Majestic (platforms & new entrance), Chickpet, KR Market, National College, Lalbagh, South End Circle, Jayanagar, RV Road, Banashankari, JP Nagar and Yelachenahalli:
Once approved, the line’s inauguration will depend on the availability of local & national ministers, as well as on the completion of finishing works inside KR Market & Chickpet stations. After its inauguration, the Green Line connecting Hessaraghatta Cross with Yelachenahalli will become 24.40 km long and Bangalore Metro’s network will expand to 42.30 km, marking the completion of its Phase 1 project.
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