Mumbai: The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has given permission to Mumbai Metro One Services to run the Versova to Ghatkopar service at 80 kmph. Initially, the Metro service will run at 65 kmph over a trial period of the next three months following which, it can increase speeds up to 80 kmph.
CRS Chetan Bakshi gave the track a fitness certificate of 80 kmph and is awaiting the rolling stock (rakes) safety certificate from the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) in Lucknow.
Mr Bakshi said that the rolling stock safety certificate was expected by the end of the week and the track safety certificate had already been issued. “The first phase of certificate by which the train can run at 80 kmph after three months of trial at 65 kmph has been given. I have also found that their rolling stock is safe to run at 80 kmph; that certificate is expected by the end of this week. After this, they can run their trains at 65 kmph and will be within the rules and regulations,” he said.
Metro services were suspended for seven-and-a-half hours on July 5 (Sunday) for completion of the required inspection by Mr Bakshi. A trolley was run at the speed of 80 kmph during this inspection and inspection of rolling stock was done at the Versova depot. Currently, it takes only 21 minutes of travel time from Ghatkopar to Andheri to Versova. The MMOPL spokesperson was unreachable when contacted.