Chennai: The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) officials are worried over the completion of Phase 1. This also includes the Anna Salai Line which is part of Phase 1. The delay in supplying signal software that will facilitate metro rail functioning, may hold up completion work of the first phase of metro.
CMRL is all set to conduct trial runs by September end on the 11km Washermenpet-AG-DMS stretch. This is to get the stretch ready by December for operations.
Unfortunately, a German-based company given the contract for developing software is yet to hand over the technology. CMRL’s managing director Pankaj Kumar Bansal shared that the company is not responding to their request.
Bansal added that all the tasks related to metro work are done. It is only the software that is remaining now. He also added that the firm remains noncommittal and is pushing the things even further. This is just to negotiate further. This company is not concerned that the software is needed owing to its usage for the public utility said, Kumar.
Signal system plays a critical role in the metro project. It is the key to controlling the speed of the train, communication within the train and stoppage at stations.
CMRL will carry out trial runs before and after installing signaling systems prior to RDSO and CMRS inspections are carried out.
Bansal also informed that the German company is arm-twisting them. The company had committed to offering the software by 2019 March. The signaling software being a copyright issue, so the metro officials have to be careful.
The German company is trying to charge CMRL for expediting work faster. MD is firm on his stand and their target is December 15 and this company can meet this deadline. Talks are going on between CMRL in order to resolve the crisis.
Bansal also shared that they have finalized all the tenders with their current contractors. This includes lifts, rolling stock, ventilation, escalators, except that of signaling order. The German company has not given commercial proposal yet.