Following a significant delay, the inaugural train destined for Namma Metro’s Yellow Line (RV Road-Bommsandra) in Bengaluru, finally arrived at Chennai port on Tuesday (6 February).
The driverless train prototype, equipped with communication-based train control technology, is anticipated to reach Hebbagodi depot near Electronics City by 18 February as per a report by Times of India.
According to BL Yeshwanth Chavan, the Chief Public Relations Officer of BMRCL, the customary clearance process typically takes 3-4 days, after which the coaches will be transported to Bengaluru.
Subsequently, assembly will take place at the depot, followed by a comprehensive series of tests prior to dynamic testing on the tracks.
Given the novelty of the train, a thorough regimen of 14 tests for mainline and 37 signalling tests is slated before seeking approval from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS).
Compliance with technical standards necessitates approvals from Research Designs and Standards Organisations, the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, and the Railway Board at various junctures.
Completion of these tests, estimated to take 4-5 months, precedes authorisation from CMRS.
Technical expertise from China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) will be enlisted throughout the testing phase.
CRRC has already dispatched two train car body shells to its local partner, Titagarh Rail Systems Limited, for outfitting.
Delivery of these two trains is anticipated in May.
Commercial operations are slated to commence post-August or September.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
An appeal from Swarajya
At Swarajya, we rely on our readers' support through subscriptions to sustain our media platform. Unlike larger conglomerates, we are unable to relentlessly chase advertising money — our model is largely built on your patronage.
Your support has never been more crucial. We work tirelessly to deliver 10-15 high-quality articles daily, ensuring you receive insightful content from 7 AM to 10 PM.
If you believe India's story has to be articulated in a way it has never been done before without shrugging it off, become a patron (or) subscribe now for ₹̶2̶4̶0̶0̶ ₹1999 and get 12 print issues, unlimited digital access for 1 year, a special India that is Bharat T-shirt (Offer ends soon).
We are counting on you!