Dakshineswar Metro trial may start in November

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KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): Trials and tests for the Dakshineswar Metro are likely to start on November 15. The test runs along the 4-km extension of the city’s existing north-south stretch to Dakshineswar is a prelude to its launch sometime in December, according to officials.
The trials will start with the self-operated engine run on November 15 and then there will be a joint testing of the system by Metro Railway and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL). Metro Railway, which runs the Kavi Subhas-Noapara Metro services and the truncated Sector V-Phoolbagan stretch of the East-West Metro, will be operating the new section. RVNL is the implementing agency of the extended corridor.
Before the trials start, the crucial Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) equipment — a software that prevents accidents — may arrive from Germany during the first week of November. These issues were discussed at a video-conference between the agencies on Tuesday. Even as Kolkata Metro Railway has applied for inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) for the 4-km extension, the crucial accident prevention technology, which was due to be delivered by Siemens from Germany in March, ran into lockdown restrictions.
A report of the trials and the joint testing undertaken by Metro Railway and RVNL to check the section’s readiness will have to be sent to CRS’ Lucknow headquarters before it agrees to inspect and gives the date of visit. Officials said the trials and testing shouldn’t take much time because this was only an extension of the existing 27-km north-south corridor. “The TPWS software may be delivered sometime next week. It will take four or five days for its installation in the tracks. After this, we shall check the software’s performance,” an official was quoted by TOI.

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