On January 10, a 3-member team led by K. A. Manoharan, the designated Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety from the Indian Railways’ Southern Circle, concluded its 2-day inspection of Kochi Metro’s new Alstom rolling stock and Muttom Depot. This one-time inspection, involving both static and dynamic demonstrations, was required to assess the rolling stock’s safety features, quality and comfort level as well as other new features of the system.
Prior to the inspection, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. reviewed the RDSO’s Speed Certificate and made a detailed presentation on the entire organization & the system’s features such as the viaduct, stations, traction & power supply, track-system, rolling stock as well as its Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system.
Note: This is not the final safety inspection required prior to the start of operations. That is expected to take place in March-April 2017 when all stations on the 13 km Aluva – Palarivottom corridor are ready and fit for commercial operations.
As per The Hindu,
They also watched a video presentation of the load trial of a train done on Saturday, in which 390 KMRL employees were accommodated in a single coach. This is the crush load – the maximum capacity of a coach, which works to around 950 people for every three-coach train. The visuals of evacuation trials too were shown, to show how fast this many people can be evacuated to safety through eight doors on either side of every coach.
Within a week, the CMRS team will submit a report to the KMRL along with directions on rectifying any errors, if necessary.
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