Engineers from ITD Cementation India Ltd and Vossloh Cogifer Turnouts India Pvt. Ltd. this week successfully conducted factory acceptance testing (FAT) via video conferencing for a track turnout of the under construction 16.5 km Mumbai Metro Line-7 (Red Line) which’ll connect Dahisar East and Andheri East.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, I’ve seen numerous reports of operators and contractors using video conferencing for pre-bid meetings with vendors, team meetings, employee training and the like, but a virtual FAT inspection has so far been unheard of and sets the tone for a “new normal”.
This FAT was conducted for turnout 1/9 R300M and attended by engineers from ITD Cementation (track contractor), Vossloh Cogifer (turnout supplier), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (owner / operator) and Ayesa-Italferr-CEG-Ayesa India JV (General Consultant) of Line-7.
ITD Cementation India won Mumbai Metro Line-7’s track-work contract for the main-line (Ch. -525.903m to Ch. 15446.475m) on May 13, 2019. These turnouts will enable Line-7’s BEML train-sets to guide from one track line to another.
Track installation work has been underway on the mid-section of the line completed by J Kumar Infraprojects. Here’s a tweet by noted journalist Rajendra Aklekar with some images shot in May:
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