Just a week after operating a self-propelled OHE inspection wagon to the Shenoy Nagar station to check for physical obstructions, the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. on this Friday operated an actual train to it!
Trial runs on the 22 km Central – St. Thomas Mount metro line’s underground corridor were launched in April-end between the Thirumangalam Ramp and Anna Nagar East station. With the trial runs now extended to Shenoy Nagar where OHE electrification is complete, the total distance being tested is now 5 km as measured from the Koyambedu station which currently serves as the northern terminal of the Central – St. Thomas Mount metro line.
Platform screen doors are currently being installed (view details) at all underground stations. Work had started in April.
Trial runs will now gradually be extended further to Pachaiyappa’s College, Kilpauk and then to the Nehru Park station which is 3 kms east of Shenoy Nagar. After interior works & trial runs are satisfactorily completed, CMRL officials will then invite the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) to visit and inspect the 8 km line in order to launch commercial operations.
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