Video: Nagpurians delighted as Majhi Metro chugs off on trial run

Nagpur: Just days after receiving majority of permissions including certificate of Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) – essential for starting of operations – Maha Metro set the ball rolling for operationalization of Nagpur’s Majhi Metro. On Monday,Majhi Metro chugged off on trial run much to the delight of Nagpurians. The sleek, orange-white coloured set of coaches travelled at the elevated route from Khapri on Reach 1. The view of dazzlingly coloured Majhi Metro left the Nagpurians overjoyed with a hope of riding in their own Metro soon.

It may be recalled that on Saturday, Maha Metro received a major certificate of Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO). Now, it is awaiting clearance from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).

As per permission, Maha Metro can operate up to a maximum speed of 80 kms on Reach – I. The permission of RDSO is an important milestone for Maha Metro as it is essential for starting the operations. Overall, Maha Metro has bagged four major certificates for its operations from Khapri to Sitabuldi Interchange on Reach – I and between Lokmanya Nagar and Subhash Nagar on Reach – III.

One of the major approvals came in the form of Provisional Speed Certificate of Maha Metro train set. RDSO grants Interim Speed Certificate for operation of Nagpur Metro up to a maximum speed of 80 km per hour on Khapri–Airport South Station section of North-Sout h Corridor was given to Maha Metro Nagpur. The train can operate up to a maximum speed of 25 km per hour on the Up and Down tracks on a stretch of 5.36 km, from Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar in Reach-III by RDSO.

Apart from getting Provisional Speed Certificate, Maha Metro also got a technical approval for Nagpur Metro’s 25 KVAC Traction, Power Supply and SCADA system for East–West and North–South corridors. This proposal has been cleared by Railway Board, Ministry of Railways.

Lastly, Speed Certificate for conducting preliminary oscillation trials at a speed of 45 kmph and Emergency Braking Distance(EBD) trials at a speed of 40 kmph on Up and Down tracks of Khapri Station to Congress Nagar of Reach–I section with the coaches manufactured by CRRC has also been received by Maha Metro Nagpur.

Thus, a majority of the permissions required for launch of services of Nagpur Metro Project have been completed.

The Provisional Speed Certificate, Technical Approval for Various Features, Interim Speed Certificate and Speed Certificate for 80 and 40 km respectively are very important in nature.

The Oscillation Trials are being conducted along two stretches of Reach-I and Reach III. With tests on just two aspects remaining to be completed, Maha Metro Nagpur is awaiting inspection of Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) team.