Four coaches belonging to the 7th new Alstom Metropolis train-set for Lucknow Metro’s 22.878 km Line-1 arrived in the city’s Transport Nagar Depot yesterday from Alstom’s Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh.
The new train-set is part of a 80 coach (20 train-set x 4 coach) order that Alstom India won in September 2015 after submitting a bid of Rs. 1069.81 crore. Lucknow Metro’s first train was unveiled in early November 2016 and arrived in the city shortly after on November 19. The line’s 2nd train arrived on March 25 2017, 3rd on April 12 and 4th on June 2, 5th on June 21st & 6th on July 19.
The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation currently operates of 4 trains at any given time on its 8.5 km operational Line-1 (Transport Nagar – Charbagh) which opened on September 7, and this train is expected to be pressed into service at regular intervals throughout the week to keep it operationally fit.
Over the next couple days, a preliminary visual check will be performed by LMRC’s engineers followed by static and dynamic tests first within the depot’s test-line and then on the main-line.
Meanwhile, LMRCL has blamed Alstom for the recent glitches affecting its trains. This sounds like a flimsy excuse but as per the TOI, LMRCL claims that Alstom didn’t have a 25KV testing track at their Sri City plant, due to which tests had to primarily be carried out in Lucknow. To rectify this, Alstom will now be required to carry out a bulk of testing at their plant prior to dispatching them.
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