The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) yesterday announced that its engineers along with Bombardier Transporation’s engineers have completed testing the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system on a 20.6 km stretch between Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus Station and Majlis Park Station of the upcoming 58.59 km Pink Line which’ll eventually connect Majlis Park with Shiv Vihar in the 162.5 km Phase 3 project.
The Pink Line (Line-7) is equipped with Bombardier Transportation’s CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling solution which enables Delhi’s new Hyundai Rotem trains to be operated on both the unattended “driverless” and automatic train operating (UTO and ATO) modes. The contract for that was awarded by the DMRC in September 2013 with a value of Rs. 390 crore.
The DMRC has also indicated that they’ve received fire safety clearance, license for working lifts, preliminary Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) reports for signalling and platform screen doors (PSDs) and clearances from the Department of Telecommunications. With those clearances received, they’re now in the process of submitting their paperwork to the Indian Railways’ Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety to visit and examine the line one last time
The DMRC commenced manual testing on a small 6.5 km portion of the line between Shakurpur and Mayapuri in June 2017, and then extended testing further south to South Campus (Dhaula Kuan) in August. This 20.6 km section includes 12 stations (8 elevated and 4 underground) at Majlis Park, Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place (interchange with Red Line), Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden (interchange with Blue Line), Mayapuri, Naraina Vihar, Delhi Cantonment and South Campus –
More images shot at the start of testing can be viewed here.
As per the DMRC –
The papers for scrutiny and detailed examination by the CMRS are under submission to his office, and after these are cross-checked, examined and scrutinised in depth by the office of CMRS, further action is expected. In addition, since the application involves voluminous data of civil, electrical, signalling and track, the DMRC may also have to supply any additional information further sought by the office of the CMRS. After this entire process, it is expected that a suitable date for inspection of the section will be indicated.
I’ll tweet whenever the documents are submitted to the CMRS and publish a post whenever the inspection dates are fixed. This may take a couple months since foot overbridges at various stations (Dhaula Kuan, Rajouri Garden and Netaji Subhash Place) connecting to the existing lines aren’t in place.
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