Chennai: Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has received the final approval for starting the operations anytime now after being subjected to various tests and clearances. A top official working in the office of the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), Bengaluru said, “We have given the authorisation for starting commercial operations. ”
“We have given some instructions on precautions that they may have to follow,” he added.
But it is unlikely that it will be inaugurated this month as the model code of conduct for the R.K. Nagar by-poll has come into effect. If it has to be launched, the State government should approach the Election Commission.
CMRS — whose certification is necessary for beginning commercial operations — has inspected the Chennai Metro Rail thrice so far. First they checked the trains (known as ‘rolling stock’ in engineering parlance), then the stretch between Koyambedu and Ashok Nagar and finally from Ashok Nagar till Alandur. While the trains will operate on two tracks (up and down) from Koyambedu to Ashok Nagar, it will be a single track for both services beyond that station till Alandur. This single track service was possible after the Ministry of Urban Development amended the Metro Rail General Rules, 2013. The service will run as a single line beyond Ashok Nagar as there is no cross over facility for trains to change tracks.