Kolkata Metro | East-West metro rake completes trial run

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Trial of East West Metro begins. Congratulations Metro Railway, Kolkata!

Posted by Jiyo Bangla on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Kolkata: A trial run on 3km stretch between Central Park and Sector V was conducted on Wednesday on East-West metro. In October the lines that connect Sector V with a salt lake stadium is expected to be open. This line will be opened 34 years after another metro’s in Kolkata. India’s first metro that was open for thrown public in October 1984.

On Wednesday, the people were on their rooftops to catch the event on their phones. People were standing at the top of Bikash Bhavan, HSBC building. From inside the metro, one could see all the people.

Even, on the terraces of the nursing home, white-coated doctor and nurses were also spotted.

Officials and engineers from Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation(KMRC), PSU Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) and the implementing agency of the 16.5 km project on board there were around 60 people.

KMRC director (project) Manas Sarkar said that On the first day the train covered three stations in three and a half hours, but engineers representing general consultants, the experts involved in various metro projects across the country, said the trial run was completed successfully. “The trial run is being operated to look out for any flaws  in the tracks alignment  and the third rail from which the trains will derive power”

KMRC director (project) Manas Sarkar said that On the first day the train covered three stations in three and a half hours, but engineers representing general consultants, the experts involved in various metro projects across the country, said the trial run was completed successfully. “The trial run is being operated to look out for any flaws  in the tracks alignment  and the third rail from which the trains will derive power”

The test run started at 3.46pm, but the rake braked after a few meters. It restarted at 4:10 pm, only to stop again, yards from the crashed inside the central park depot. The train was shunted to the tracks by the electric bogey tractor since the third rail was charged away from the charged for safety reasons during the trial run.

The switchover (from outsourced electricity to the third rail) took some time, and the train started moving around 4.40 pm stopping now and then before it climbed the ramp at 22kmph, and on the viaduct in front of the central park depot. The sleek locomotive then took a break at the central park station and finally started (without stops) for the terminal sector V station around 5.15 pm.

GC Dutta a DD block resident gushed I’m thrilled to be able to see the first East-West metro train ply. Isn’t this going be Kolkata’s answer to channel tunnel”?

Anup K Kundu, KMRC director (rolling stock), added: “Being a salt lake resident myself, I know what it means to be on the metro map, finally”.

TV reporters coaxed driver Dindayal for bytes. By 6.23pm he took the position in cabin 1 and shifted from his cabin 2 to take back the train back to the central park depot. He stopped sometimes here and there, from coming to a complete halt or sometimes taking speed as 20kmph, engineered pointed out issues in the signaling system.

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