Priority to completing works at Kaloor stadium before FIFA U-17 matches begin
With the Kochi metro scheduled to be extended to M.G. Road on October 3, a high-level technical team led by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) K.A. Manoharan began inspecting stations and track on the 5-km-long corridor from the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kaloor on Monday.
The inspection that began at 9 a.m. at the major station in front of the stadium at Kaloor extended up to the afternoon, probably because the metro’s Kakkand extension takes off from here. They also inspected the viaduct, third traction (the track laid beside the rails from which trains will draw power), apart from the interface between trains and the signalling and telecommunication system. Fire alarms, CCTV systems and the information/public address systems at stations too came under the ambit of inspection.
They reached M.G. Road station (located on northern end of the road) by late evening, accompanied by a posse of officials from Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). They travelled between stations in inspection trolley, inspecting quality of tracks, curvature and gradient.
On Tuesday, they are expected to travel in a train in the corridor, inspecting stability and other aspects of the train at high, moderate and low speeds.
A week ago, Principal Advisor to DMRC E. Sreedharan was among those who travelled in the corridor in a train, alighting at stations to inspect the premises, sources said. The priority is to complete pending works at the international stadium before the FIFA Under-17 World Cup matches begin on October 6.
Head-hardened rails imported from France have been used along the entire metro viaduct since they can withstand much more wear and tear than conventional rails. They have design speed of 90 km per hour and are tailor-made for metro trains that can attain operational speed of up to 80 km per hour. Mr. Manoharan was received by KMRL’s Managing Director Elias George. After speed and dynamic trials, the safety team will visit the metro’s Operational Control Centre (OCC) at Muttom on Tuesday.