MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The first two cars of a prototype train which will be used for trial runs of Mumbai Metro line-3 are ready to be dispatched from the Alstom trains manufacturing plant located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.
These cars of the Metro prototype trains could not be dispatched to Mumbai even after they were ready because the Metro car shed was not avvailable due to the protest of environmentalists. After the protest, the MVA government decided to shift the shed from Aarey to Kanjurmarg which is now again being shifted to Aarey after the change in the government. The first two cars will reach Mumbai within the next 8-12 days.
According to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL), the two cars that are part of a prototype Metro train, having a total of 8 Metro cars, were loaded in the trailers on Sunday from Alstom’s manufacturing facility and will be dispatched to Mumbai any moment.
According to an official, the trailer will take around 8-12 days to reach Mumbai after which they will be assembled at the temporary facility centre (temporary Metro car shed) at Aarey. Once assembled, the trial run of the Metro can be started between Marol and Maroshi as planned. All the eight cars of the prototype trains are likely to reach Mumbai around August 15 after which the testing of the Metro can be started.
The official added that the train will be tested on various parameters, including speed, oscillation and emergency break distance during the 10,000-km test runs. The trial could go on for three-six months.