Hyderabad Metro to complete safety tests today

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hyderabad-metro-model-coach-unveiledHyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail have to complete its safety certification tests on today, Wednesday 28, 2015, moving a step closer to launch its Phase-I service along the 8 kms Nagole-Mettuguda route on March 21, 2015.

Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO), which began the mandatory tests on January 14, would complete the testing process on today. Based on its report, the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) would issue the final clearance/safety certificate for the Hyderabad Metro to begin its services.

“The RDSO is expected to give its report by February 7. The state government, along with the project concessionaire Larsen & Toubro, will apply for CMRS clearance based on the RDSO report. The total process should be completed before the first week of March,” said an official in the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD).

While Metro trains have covered over 5,000 km during the ongoing trial run, the MU&UD official said that the RDSO conducted various tests including traction at various speeds, load test and track oscillation. “The trains have covered 1,200 km during the RDSO tests alone,” the official added.

Meanwhile, chief secretary Mr. Rajiv Sharma took stock of the preparedness in the run-up to the service launch along the Nagole-Mettuguda stretch during the weekly review meeting of the Special Task Force (STF) at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

“The chief secretary said that all ground-level works such as improving the carriageway, sidewalks and junctions in the Nagole-Mettuguda stretch be taken up on priority by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited ( HMRL),” said an HMRL release.

On the proposed realignment of the project, MA&UD sources said that the state government has asked L&T to study its feasibility on various aspects, including the commercial implications and the construction major is studying the same.

While fixing the deadline of mid-March to complete the process of property acquisition for the project, the chief secretary also asked officials to explore the feasibility of entrusting security at metro stations to the Special Protection Force (SPF).

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