Chennai (MAS): Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) S K Mittal on Monday conducted the first phase of final inspection of the rolling stock, paving the way for grant of approval for Metro Rail to run trains on the 10km elevated stretch from Koyambedu to Alandur.
Once all the clearances were in place, the fares would be fixed and the State government had to give a date for the inauguration, said a Metro Rail source.
The safety audit of the rolling stock took place for more than three hours.
They visited the depot, checked the doors of trains besides application of brakes, he added. He declined to answer on the possible date of inauguration.
The CRS inspection was planned in March end itself. Officials refused to comment on the delay.
Later talking to media, Mittal said the report of the safety audit would be sent to Railway Board which would give clearance for operating the rolling stock. If all goes well, the second inspection of platforms, viaduct, stations etc would be taken up. “We are hoping to have all clearance by the end of this month,” said a metro rail source, adding that the next phase of inspection was likely to start in 10 to 15 days.
The first inaugural run on the 10km stretch has been eluding Chennaites. The deadline for the metro rail project, going on for more than five years, is being extended every now and then. Last year, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the 10 km stretch would be opened by the end of the financial year. Now, it is likely either by next month or by the middle of the year, if all goes well. Even officials are trying hard to get the commercial runs soon.
It is also believed that the initial commercial run would be done manually with some minor works pending along the stations.