Just about everyday I get asked about the current status of the underground section of Bangalore Metro’s Purple line which runs between the Cubbon Park and Magadi Road stations. Tunneling work on this 4.8 km section was completed by the CEC-SOMA-CICI JV in March 2014 and trial runs have been underway since November 2015, but the line’s stations are still not close to being in a “ready” state with lots of interior and exterior works still left. Here’s a tweet of mine which shows the crucial Majestic station which is farthest from completion among all stations.
Jan vs Feb comparison of Bangalore’s Majestic station. Just how does BMRCL’s MD plan to open this in March? pic.twitter.com/0w4Pkn5xKP
— The Metro Rail Guy (@TheMetroRailGuy) February 9, 2016
On the mandatory safety inspection side of things, here’s something that I shared recently through my Twitter account and am reproducing for those who are eager to know more. According to the BMRCL’s Managing Director Pradeep Khorala who interviewed with the Times of India this weekend during the MG Road Open Street festival:
We’ve completed the oscillation trials which are the most crucial part of getting ready . The stations are complete and getting the final touches. We are waiting for a speed test certificate by the Railway Standard and Designs Operation (RDSO) in a week’s time, which is the first step to begin the process of seeking clearance, followed by a Schedule of Dimensions (SoD) and a few more certificates expected to be issued by the first week of March. This has to be done before we approach the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for the certification process.
If things play out the way he described, then it won’t be until the middle of March when all the necessary paperwork for safety inspection is prepared and filed with the CMRS’ office. From accepting the invitation to giving approval, the entire inspection process can take 1-3 months and after that, the inauguration date depends on the availability of ministers, so a March 2016 opening of this line can be struck off and I’m now looking at an April/May opening.
The 5 underground stations on this section include Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Sir. M Visveshwaraya, Majestic (under construction by Coastal-TTS JV) and Bangalore City railway station.
Whenever the safety inspection application is submitted to the CMRS, I’ll make sure to write about it. I’ll leave you guys with this cute and awfully kind thought from the MD:
Even if it is delayed by some days, the concern is the safety of lakhs of passengers who have so far banked on our ability to take them to their destinations, safe and sound.
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