Yesterday evening, 2 coaches of the 4th new 4-coach Alstom Metropolis train-set for Lucknow Metro’s 22.87 km Line-1 arrived in the city’s Transport Nagar Depot from Alstom’s Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh. The remaining 2 coaches are scheduled to arrive today, and with this, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) will have the minimum number of train-sets they require to start operations on the line’s 1st 8.5 km ‘priority corridor’ stretch between Transport Nagar and Charbagh.
The train’s 4 coaches are part of a 80 coach (20 train-set x 4 coach) order that Alstom India won in September 2015 after submitting a bid of Rs. 1069.81 crore. Lucknow Metro’s first train was unveiled in early November 2016 and arrived in the city shortly after on November 19. Following an initial round of secretive testing, the train was publicly flagged off on December 1 for commencing the project’s testing phase. The project’s 2nd train arrived in the city on March 25 and the 3rd on April 12.
These coaches departed from Alstom’s facility on May 22.
Over the next couple days, a preliminary visual check will be performed by LMRC’s engineers followed by static and dynamic tests first within the depot’s test-line and then on the main-line.
Meanwhile, there’s still no word on when the local Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ North East Circle will visit and inspect the line. An invitation along with necessary paperwork was sent out on March 30 and all stations are now ready for commercial operations.
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— The Metro Rail Guy (@TheMetroRailGuy) May 23, 2017
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