Commuters can hope for six-coach Metro starting April 15ravi2710 | April 4, 2018 | 0 | Bangalore Metro
Metro users hoping to travel on a less crowded Namma Metro train won’t have to wait too long. The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has received a clearance certificate from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to increase the number of coaches on Metro from three to six.
The corporation is now waiting for a clearance certificate from the Railway Safety Commission to begin operating Metros with six coaches. Six-coach trains are expected to begin commercial operation from April 15.
The three-coach Metro can carry 975 passengers per trip and adding three more coaches will double the carrying capacity. Passengers had earlier complained about Metro coaches being crowded during peak hours and wanted BMRCL to increase the number of coaches on each Metro.
The three new coaches that were received from BEML were joined to the existing three-coach Metros to make it a six-coach Metro at the Baiyappanahalli depot. New software has been installed in the locomotive pilot’s cockpit to incorporate the additional coaches.
Trial runs were carried out on the track available at Baiyappanahalli depot. RDSO officials visited the depot and issued the clearance certificate after thorough investigation of design quality. Parts like ACs, seats and wheels have been checked properly. Signalling system was provided during the trial to establish contact with control room while the train is on the track.
As per the norms, trial runs should be undertaken for 500 km on the elevated line but this trial run was being done at the depot itself. Trial on the elevated line is expected to be undertaken during the nights. Later, officials from Railway Safety Commission will visit the depot to check the Metros and give its clearance.
BMRCL Managing Director Mahendra Jain said, “The trial run is going on at the Baiyappanahalli depot. We have received the clearance certificate from DRSO and we are waiting officials from Railway Safety Commission to give us their nod.”