After completing track & electrification works and running a battery-powered locomotive, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) this Sunday started manual trial runs (testing) on the 3.5 km Khapri Depot – Khapri Station – Airport South Station section of its 19.66 km Line-1 which’ll connect Khapri with Automotive Square in the 38.215 km Phase 1 project.
MahaMetro will launch ‘official’ testing on September 30 in the presence of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. That explains why MahaMetro’s social media pages are extremely silent on this milestone as they don’t want to dilute the official launch’s celebrations. At the same event, they’ll launch Maha Card – the city’s common mobility smart card that can be used to pay for metro travel, parking, feeder services etc.
MahaMetro’s engineers ran the train at a speed of 5 kmph and primarily observed its interaction with the civil structure to ensure there are no physical obstructions along the way. This section has been built at-grade (ground level) except for a 800m viaduct between Khapri Station and the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) siding – see a recent image.
Metro Rail Nagpur
First trial run
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