Abhai Kumar Rai – the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) under the Ministry of Aviation on Friday inspected a 3 km mostly underground section of Kolkata Metro’s 16.34 km East-West Line-2 between Salt Lake Stadium – Phoolbagan Station – Sealdah Crossover.
The CMRS led a 3 member team and inspected everything you can think of – the section’s civil structure, tunnels, tunnel ventilation system (TVS), rails/tracks, third rail, elevators, escalators, fire fighting system, Hitachi-STS signalling & train-control system, control room and passenger facilities at Phoolbagan Station. During the inspection, the team also boarded a BEML train for a test run and clocked a maximum speed of 94 kmph.
After this section is approved and becomes operational, it will extend the newly inaugurated 5.3 km Salt Lake – Sector V Line-2 by 1.7 km to 7 kms through 1 new station at Phoolbagan.
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Approvals from the CMRS are typically conditional in nature and take half a week to come through, so we’ll have to wait and see what conditions are laid out for Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) to begin operations.
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