KOCHI (Metro Rail News): A team led by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) will inspect the Kochi metro’s 5.60-km Maharaja’s College-Thykoodam stretch and the five stations en route on Friday and Saturday (August 30 and 31).
As regards civil work, the team will focus on structures like pile foundation, piers, girders, special bridges, and steel bridges. Bearings and various design aspects too will be inspected. As for the track, it will check aspects like gradients, horizontal curve, cross-level, derailment guard, weld joints, and turn-outs, said a release from Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).
In the electrical section, the team will inspect lifts and escalators, fire hydrants and fire-fighting system, third rail, auxiliary and traction substations, emergency tripping switch (ETS), and emergency telephone. In signaling, passenger help point (PHP), signaling system, public address system (PAS), and perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) on platforms, apart from signaling and telecom equipment room, UPS room, and the automated fare collection (AFC) system will be inspected. The team will also examine station access and signages, the metro agency said.
Once the CMRS is satisfied with the quality and efficiency of the metro system, he will issue an authorization certificate, which is a pre-requisite to enable the commissioning of the extension.
Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will commission the eagerly awaited extension in the first week of September if everything goes according to plan. The tentative date of commissioning is September 3, while commercial operations will begin from September 4, metro sources said.
Sources in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said passenger amenities in all the five stations on the stretch were ready. “Entry/exit is ready on both sides of the road for all stations except Ernakulam South where it is ready only on one side,” they added.
Dedicated parking space has been readied at the Thykoodam station. Designated parking areas already exist on the premises of the Ernakulam Junction railway station and beside the Vyttila Mobility Hub. A huge parking space for various types of vehicles is expected to come up as part of the second phase development work of the hub. A ground-level / elevated walkway linking the metro station and bus terminals proposed at the hub too will be built, it is learned.
Meanwhile, the construction of medians beneath the metro corridor is almost over. They will be landscaped too.
Greater Cochin Development Watch (GCDW), a city-based NGO, had submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan a week ago, demanding a special fare of ₹10 between Ernakulam South metro station and Vyttila Hub, to attract more commuters to the mass rapid transport system.