Three more Metro trains arrive
Hyderabad: Three More Metro trains Arrive, Three Metro Rail trains (each consisting of three coaches) arrived at the Uppal depot on Sunday. This is in addition to the first train which arrived at the depot last month.
- Four out of seven trains under stage-I have arrived
- Officials to begin trial run for safety certification
- First phase from Nagole to Mettuguda to begin on March 21, 2015
- KCR compliments officials
Hyderabad: Three Metro Rail trains (each consisting of three coaches) arrived at the Uppal depot on Sunday. This is in addition to the first train which arrived at the depot last month.
The nine coaches arrived at the Chennai Port 10 days ago and were transported to the city on special multi-wheeled road trailers. With this, four of the seven trains required for stage-I Metro operations on 8-km Nagole-Mettuguda route landed in city. The remaining trains will arrive in the next few months.
According to Metro Rail officials, the arrival of trains was ahead of schedule and it would give enough time for elaborate tests and trial runs to be conducted for safety certification by Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety.
HMR managing director NVS Reddy informed the arrival of Metro trains to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Chief Minister complimented him and the management of L&TMRHL. The Chief Minister also advised Metro Rail officials to consult experts and take all safety precautions before starting trial runs. The concessionaire L&TMRHL earlier ordered a total of 171 coaches (57 trains) for all the three corridors of the project (72km), at a cost of about Rs 1,800 crore from Hyundai Rotem in South Korea.
The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2017. Stage I of the project, Nagole-Mettuguda section (8 km; 7 stations) is scheduled to be opened for passenger traffic on Ugadi next year (March 21, 2015).
Since it is the first section, elaborate safety tests and trial runs will have to be conducted for about six months for safety certification.
Each coach has room for 330 passengers. A 3-coach train can carry up to 1,000 passengers in one direction. The trains can be expanded to six coaches as traffic picks up. Hyderabad Metro Rail has opted for the latest CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) technology for the first time in India. After Hyderabad, Delhi Metro has opted for this technology for its next phase.
This Radio-based communication and train control system enables signaling capacity to run a train every 90 seconds.
Initially the frequency of the trains will be 5 to 10 minutes during peak hours, which can be later brought down to 2 minutes.