Sri City, Tada, AP: The second set of coaches for Kochi Metro Rail is set to be dispatched from Alstom’s manufacturing facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.
They will be transported via road to the coach maintenance yard at Muttom.And the coaches, which are expected to reach here on July 8, will also be used for the oscillation trials for Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) inspection, with the speed trials scheduled to get under way in mid-July.
“After offloading the coaches, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has to carry out assembling and other safety tests as per the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) of the Railways,” said KMRL sources.Meanwhile, the officials concerned said the tests will not be as stringent as those conducted for the first set of coaches which had reached here in January.
“These coaches have been tailor-made for the tracks laid for Kochi Metro, while the first set of coaches were just prototypes . Hence, they require various testing procedures before being introduced onto the actual Metro Rail tracks. Since the new set of coaches are made based on the actual specifications for Kochi, it does not require so many procedures,” they added.
The initial tests on the coaches will be carried out at the tracks laid inside Muttom coach maintenance yard. Before the formal launch of Metro’s commercial service, which has been slated for March 2017, the Commissioner of Railway Safety has to inspect and certify the Metro corridor.
“As per the plan, the partial commissioning of Kochi Metro Rail is likely to take place in March 2017. By that time, KMRL will require a total of nine trains, with each of these comprising three coaches. The building of the coaches is nearing completion at Alstom’s facility and the coaches will be delivered every three weeks,as and when the manufacturing gets over,” KMRL official added.