Bengaluru: The first full-fledged service trial run for Metro that will cover the entire East-West corridor will be carried out on Tuesday or Wednesday past midnight. This will be the first time a metro train will cover the 18.1km stretch between Baiyappanahalli and Mysuru Road during a single run.
“The first service trial run will be at 80 km per hour and slower at the curves. We will have only the driver and a few Metro officials onboard,” Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola told Express. “It will mostly be run tonight (Tuesday). But if we face any issues, we will run it after midnight on Wednesday.
The schedules will be fine-tuned during the run and the journey assessed at each stage before the commercial run that will cover the stretch in 33 minutes, he added. “Metro plans to run more such midnight service trials until the commercial launch,” he said.
The vital underground stretch of 4.8 km that will connect Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Sir M Visvesvaraya, Kempe Gowda Metro station and City station figures in this Purple Line corridor.
When launched, it will be the first functional underground Metro network in South India.
Fire Safety Awaited for Kempegowda
Metro is yet to be get the fire safety certification for the Kempegowda Metro Station without which the launch cannot take place. “We have got fire safety clearance for the MG Road, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha and Sir M Visvesvaraya station and are yet to get clearance for the Kempegowda Metro Station,” Kharola said.
M N Reddi, DGP, Fire and Emergency Services, said, “Certification process is under way. We are examining it to give clearance to the remaining stations at the earliest.”
A specific date for the launch of the commercial run has not been announced though the MD said that it would take place in a few days.
“We are holding talks with the State and Central governments to finalise on that,” he said.