The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety, K A Manoharan, on Thursday morning submitted his team’s 9-page safety report to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. which certifies the Green Line’s 12 km Sampige Road – Yelachenahalli stretch fit for commercial operations. This report, compiled after a 4-day inspection towards the end of May, includes a set of 65 conditions (suggestions, rectifications & improvements) which are required to be implemented prior to the line’s launch this month.
Here’s the first page of the report. His authorization is 3/4ths of the way down:
I have issued a safety certificate to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) but the conditions to complete civil work at KR Market and Chickpet stations stay. They have to send me a compliance report once they finish these minor works to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced. Simultaneously, they can hold the launch, and commission it after full compliance
– K A Manoharan to TOI
A list of all 65 conditions is unavailable at this time, but as per Naveen Menezes at the ET, these conditions are “small” in nature.
A local channel highlights some of the conditions including the BMRCL’s MD’s plan of action:
Some of the conditions mentioned in the video:
1) Max speed in underground section’s stations is restricted to 50 kmph
2) Max speed in elevated section’s stations is restricted to 60 kmph
3) Additional training required for train operators
4) Warning board to be displayed where the line crosses high voltage lines
5) Additional measures required to avoid water leakage
6) Provision of washrooms and drinking water facilities at all stations
7) Barricades to cordon off sections of stations where work is still ongoing
8) Adequate lighting
9) Additional ramps for disabled commuters
Are you aware of any others? Drop a comment below and I’ll add it in.
A letter issued by the principal secretary to Karnataka’s Chief Minister confirmed that this last stretch of the 42.30 km Phase 1 will be inaugurated by India’s President on June 17 (Saturday) between 6-7 pm. As per the city’s Development Minister, K J George, the line will start commercial services on June 18 (Sunday), but I’m yet to see an official written confirmation on that. Stay tuned!
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