KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): First trial run successfully completed from Phoolbagan to Sealdah for the East-West Corridor of Kolkata Metro. Integrated trial run of systems is imperative and is a prerequisite for getting mandatory clearance from Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) to start operation service for the commuters.
Metro Railway plans to extend East-West Metro services up to Sealdah by partially operating Sealdah station (East Bound line only). This section will add another 2.33 Km and one station (Sealdah) in 6.97 Kms already being operated in the East-West Metro corridor from Salt Lake Sector-V to Phoolbagan, as per Metro Railway, Kolkata.
“This is just the start of the trial runs and it takes about three months to do the certified trials,” said Manoj Joshi, General Manager, Metro Railway, who witnessed the commencement of the trial along with Manas Sarkar, Managing Director and other senior officers of Metro Railway and Directors of Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL).
Like earlier sections, this trial will check all systems before starting the revenue service. Once the trial is concluded and certification from ISA is received, Metro Railway will take further action for commencement of services up to Sealdah.
After reaching Sealdah, Manoj Joshi inspected the platforms, concourse, entry and exit gates, circulating area, lifts, escalators and other passenger amenities which will be provided at this station. Once opened, the Sealdah metro station is expected to cater to 45 thousand commuters every one hour.
The 16.6 km long East-West Metro Corridor will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Howrah Maidan and is expected to become fully operational by mid-2022.