Trial run for Joka- Esplanade Metro’s first phase completes smoothly

The corridor, a pet project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the railway minister, has repeatedly missed deadlines.

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Trial run for Joka- Esplanade Metro's first phase completes smoothly
Trial run for Joka- Esplanade Metro's first phase completes smoothly
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KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): The maiden trial runs on the Joka- Taratala stretch of the Joka- Esplanade Metro Project was conducted successfully on 15th September.

 

Arun Arora, general manager of Metro Railway, was informed by representatives of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), who is responsible for carrying out the majority of the city’s Metro projects, that the priority section, which consists of six stations (Joka, Thakurpukur, Sakherbazar, Behala Chowrasta, Behala Bazar, and Taratala), is ready.

The 6.5 km segment of the 14 km Joka Esplanade Metro project will be operated only after successful train trials and the subsequent approval from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), who approves any new Metro line in India. The corridor, a pet project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the railway minister, has repeatedly missed deadlines. It had been flagged off by her in July 2011.

A non-AC rake that is no longer in service in the North-South Metro will be used for the trials. On July 28, the first coach of the eight-car rake was brought out of the Noapara carshed. The rake, which was put together at the Joka depot and tested there, is now prepared to be mounted on the viaduct for its maiden run to Taratala Metro station.

The Joka Taratala Metro and the New Garia-Ruby section of the New Garia-Airport corridor will run on the “one-train-only” system, which entails running without signals.

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