Update: The inspection has been pushed to September 25-26.
The final round of safety inspections on the 5 km Palarivattom – Maharaja’s College section of Kochi Metro’s 25.612 km Line-1 are scheduled to be held over 2 days on September 21 and 22 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Southern Circle.
Construction on this section was carried out by Larsen & Toubro (Package KC-03, CUSAT – JLN Stadium) and Soma Enterprise (Package KC-03, JLN Stadium – Ernakulum South), and interior finishing works are still underway at all stations. Trial runs (testing) on the extension started on July 14 during which a train was operated manually to check its interaction with the line’s civil structure. Signalling tests on Alstom’s Urbalis 400 communications-based train control (CBTC) system began on August 26 and were completed in under 2 weeks.
This new elevated section of Line-1 runs on Banerjee Road and MG Road, and once operational will extend the 13.2 km operational line deep into the city center through 5 new stations at JLN Stadium, Kaloor, Lisie, MG Road and Maharaja’s College –
Kerala’s Chief Minister has confirmed his availability to inaugurate this section on October 3, just in time for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup which starts on October 6. I’ll post about the inauguration date whenever it’s fixed.
Some recent images via KMRL’s FB page –
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