Chennai: The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) officials are eyeing trail run in September on Anna Salai route. Preparations are in full swing to prepare the route for trial run. The officials have started installing critical system on route which includes signals in the section beneath Anna Salai line.
As per recent updates, civil works and laying down of tracks at the stations are headed towards completion. Virtually 10km stretch starting from Washermenpet to AG-DMS via Central Metro is likely to be made operational by end of 2018 or early next year.
CMRL official informs that they have wrapped installation of signal system between Washermenpet and Central Metro. On Central and AG-DMS work is going on and is expected to be completed soon.
The official added that they have not fixed a date in September to conduct trail runs on the track.
Out of the 45km phase-1, the Washermenpet to AG-DMS line (10km) is the last section to be concluded. As per the plans this stretch from Washermenpet to AG-DMS has eight underground stations. It also includes a transit hub at Central Metro, where the line will function in the third deck.
With this line becoming operations it would be easier for commuter to reach airport in flat 45 minutes. Commuters can get on board at Central Metro and reach airport via Anna Salai. They will not longer have to take the roundabout route via Poonamallee High Road and and Koyambedu.
The Washermenpet and Central Metro which is a 3km stretch were ready much earlier. It could however, not opened for operation as CMRL had not finished the rest of the line between Central to AG-DMS, as per Chennai Metro official.
Signalling systems is critical
Signalling systems play in very significant role in automating the functioning of the metro rail network. These systems are necessary in the operation of the platform screen doors at the stations and operating trains.