KANPUR (Metro Rail News): Under the Priority Stretch of Kanpur Metro i.e. between IIT & Motijheel, Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (UPMRC) has commenced the casting of the ballastless track. Metro engineers casted the first cross-over yesterday night near IIT. It is to be briefed that cross-overs are the points where Metro trains change their line and direction of movement. Under the Priority Corridor, such cross-overs are at terminal stations viz. IIT & Motijheel and at Geeta Nagar Station, where connection to the Polytechnic Metro Depot are planned.
Praising the dedication of Metro engineers even under the such times of crisis, UPMRC’s MD Shri Kumar Keshav said, “We are progressing toward timely completion of Priority Section of
Kanpur Metro Rail Project even in the ongoing difficult times. Now, we have moved to the further stages of the Project and we have commenced the works of track, signaling-telecom, electrical and other systems too. I congratulate the track team of UPMRC and GC for their efforts and dedication resulting in such efficient outcomes.”
UPMRC has awarded the international contract for the supply of Head Hardened (HH) Rails for the Kanpur Metro Project, but with the objective of saving time they are utilising existing resources and the rails which had been leftover during the Lucknow Metro Project.
Briefing about the significance of the ballastless track, It is informed that ballastless tracks are used in the Metro Projects as they don’t have ballast (stones) and the least maintenance is required. During the long 15-16 hours of train operations, Metro trains are operated on very tight frequency so there is almost no scope of maintenance during these hours and that’s why an efficient system is needed which can provide the good ridership with the least maintenance requirements. Besides this advantage there are additional benefits of long life-cycle, stability & ride comfort with such tracks.
The civil construction work on the 9KMs long Priority Corridor in Kanpur was started on 15th Nov., 2019, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble CM Shri Yogi Adityanath under the auspicious presence of Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C). Since then the construction works of the project are being executed with remarkable pace by UPMRC’s engineers to ensure availability of a world class Metro service for the Kanpur City in the minimum time frame possible.