Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Namma Metro Reach 1 to start trials in November

Namma Metro Reach 1 to start trials in November
AKANKSHA MEHROTRA
DC | BENGALURU


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FIRST PROTOTYPE TO ARRIVE IN BENGALURU FROM SOUTH KOREA IN OCTOBER The actual rolling stock will be delivered by Hyundai Rotem in November.
A total of five sets of trains would be shipped from Korea which will run on the stretch between M.G. Road and Byappanhalli.
--B.L. Yashavanth Chavan, Deputy Chief Engineer, BMRCL

The first Metro Rail line is steadily inching towards operationalisation.
Bengalureans will begin to see trial runs of Reach 1 — the 7.2 km stretch from M.G. Road to Byappanahalli — two months from now.

The first prototype of the rolling stock will begin to arrive from South Korea in October and trial oscillations, to be conducted by public sector company BEML, will begin in November. If all goes well then, by December, Namma Metro services should

begin on this stretch in December, Metro rail officials told this newspaper on Tuesday.
“The actual rolling stock will be delivered by Hyundai Rotem in November.

A total of five sets of trains would be shipped from Korea which will run on the stretch between M.G. Road and Byappanhalli,” said B.L. Yashavanth Chavan, Deputy Chief Engineer, BMRCL.

The features of the rolling stock includes stainless steel car body, microprocessor control, wide gangway between coaches to allow free movement of

passengers, four wide automatic access doors on each side, AC coaches, earmarked space for people with disability, Wi-fi Internet access, automatic voice announcement system, electronic information display and electronic destination display.
“In the first phase, we will have three coaches per train. That will be later increased to six coaches.

The capacity per train will be approximately 1,000 through longitudinal seating, giving a high proportion of the floor area to standing passengers.

The maximum attainable

speed will be 80 km/h,” Mr Chavan said.
The officials at BMRC have emphasized that work on Reach-1 is progressing as per schedule and there would be no delays in the commencement of the first Metro Rail service.

“Fifteen percent of the track laying work has been completed, and the remaining work is proceeding apace.

More than half the civil work has also been completed at all stations along Reach-1, and the rest will all be done by December 2010,” said another Metro official.

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