At 6 am in the morning today, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) began end to end trials on the entire 18.1 km Purple line which stretches from Baiyappanahalli to Mysore Road!
The Purple line includes 3 distinct sections of which the 6.7 km Reach 1 (Baiyappanahalli to MG Road) and 6.4 km Reach 2 (Magadi Road to Mysore Road) are operational. Trial runs on the 4.8 km underground section between Cubbon Park and Magadi Road finally began earlier this month, and due to that the opening of Reach 2 for commercial operations had to be delayed by a couple of days.
As per a report from last week, these full length trials will be conducted from November 23 (today) to 28 between 6-8 am and 8-10 pm due to which the metro will only operate between 8 am and 8 pm. During these trial runs, the trains will operate at different speeds between 40 kmph and 90 kmph during which the BMRCL and Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) officials will monitor the behavior of the trains (sway, motion) to ensure that no damage is done to the tracks, wheels or to the trains’ body when they pull into a station and align with the platforms. At the end of the week once these set of trials are wrapped up, RDSO officials are expected to compile a report and forward it along to the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety for this section’s formal inspection.
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