CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): By April 2020, metro trains will be operated for the first time on the tracks in north Chennai between Washermenpet and Wimco Nagar before they are thrown open to the public.
Metro rail is likely to get the 9km line ready by mid next year. A metro rail official said trains will be operated in manual mode on the line before trial runs and inspections by the commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS).
“We may operate trains by April or May next year. Much of the work would be completed by then. We will be ready for a June 2020 opening,” the official said.
Locomotives followed by metro trains in manual mode will be operated on the 9km stretch to check the alignment of the tracks. It will be followed by trial runs when trains will be operated on manual and automatic modes to test the integration of the cars with signaling and communication systems.
Syncing of platform screen doors, information display boards on platforms and the automatic fare collection gates in the ticketing area will be checked. It will be followed by formal inspections by CMRS to get approvals for commercial operations.
When the line opens, commuters could board a train from Wimco Nagar near Tiruvottiyur and reach the airport via Anna Salai. They could shift corridors to reach Koyambedu CMBT or Egmore station.
At present, construction to complete the elevated corridor and stations, underground and elevated, is underway. Workers are busy laying tracks on a portion of the elevated corridor.
“About 40% of the trackwork in the elevated section is done,” an official said. Once the trackwork is complete, overhead equipment and the mast will be erected before the signaling and communication systems are installed. A two-kilometer twin tunnel between Washermenpet and Korukkupet was completed more than a year ago. Officials said the underground tunnels are now ready with tracks and electricals.