Nagpur: The first section of the Nagpur Metro between Mihan Depot and South Airport is ready and now Maharashra Metro Rail is concentrating on the second stretch between Hingna Depot and Subhash Nagar. Maha-metro has set the goal of completing this section in August. A Maha-metro official told TOI that the construction work on the viaduct from the Hingna depot to Subhash Nagar is 50% complete.
“The civil work will be completed by June end. Laying of tracks and erection of electric poles would be done along with viaduct construction. These two works plus installation of signalling and telecommunication systems will be over by August. The five stations on the section — Lokmanya Nagar, Bansi Nagar, Wasudeo Nagar, Rachana T-point and Subhash Nagar — will become functional by then. Finishing would, however, go on for some more months,” he said.
After this elevated section is ready, Maha-metro will conduct a test run in this section and then invite the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) for inspection. This will be followed by a visit from the Metro Rail Safety Commissioner (CMRS) and then commercial operations will begin.
Commenting on the next test, the officer said: “The railway lines in the leveling section were placed on the ballast tracks, now we will have to place it on a track without ballast, so it will be a different experience.”
The next section that will be commissioned is the southern airport of the elevated section of Sitabuldi. “We have set ourselves the goal of completing all the works for November, once Sitabuldi is connected with Mihan, we will obtain some passenger traffic,” the official said.
Moving on to the CMRS inspection for the grades section, the official said: “The security commissioner has sent a proposal to the Railways Board for the authorization of the rolling stock, when the Board issues the same, the CMRS will plan its visit” .
Meanwhile, a seven-meter high officials conference – Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Nagpur and Jaipur – will be held here on February 9 and 10. “The CEOs and all the directors of these Meters will come to Nagpur for the conference, it will be the first of its kind in the city, and the meetings will be held in the new Maha-metro building in front of Deekshabhoomi,” the official said.