Last night, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited – the concessionaire for Hyderabad Metro’s 72 km Phase 1 project extended trials runs (testing) on Line-3 by a further 1.6 km from Begumpet Station to the Ameerpet Interchange Station. This comes right after the Overhead Electrification (OHE) system was approved for energization this weekend by the Chief Electrical Inspector from the Government of India.
Hyderabad’s Hyundai Rotem train was operated with a few employees at a speed of 5 kmph to check its interaction with the viaduct, and is expected to be run at higher speeds this week to test the rolling stock’s performance at different speeds and gradients.
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With this development, about 16.30 km of the 28 km Line-3’s route is now being tested. Testing is now only pending on the roughly 750 m SR Nagar – Ameerpet stretch of Line-1 ahead of both lines’ partial launch on November 28 possibly by the Prime Minister. As per L&T’s press release on the line’s energization, they’re aiming to complete testing and secure all statutory requirements by November 20.
For more updates, check out the Hyderabad section of The Metro Rail Guy!