Nagpur: After the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) expressed its inability to deliver first lot of metro coaches on time, the Mahametro has taken the Chennai route to get some coaches. Mahametro (earlier NMRCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for leasing six coaches from Chennai Metro. The coaches will be delivered in May and the lease period is of two years.
The six coaches will be used for commercial operations too as China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), which is supposed to provide 69 coaches for Nagpur Metro, will not be able to deliver the first lot before April 2019. The source said that work on delivery of these coaches was proceeding as per schedule.
The coaches are essential for Nagpur Metro’s trial scheduled in the second half of this year. “The trial run will be undertaken in the 5.6km long at grade (ground level) section. The section’s construction is nearing completion and other requirements are in the process of being met,” he added.
According to the source, the earthwork of the at grade section was ready and gravel was being put in. “The two viaducts in the at grade section are ready. Track laying is complete up to 400 metres. We have also started erecting the overhead electrical (OHE) poles for the traction system. Work order for the signalling system has also been placed,” he said.