Jaipur Metro completed in record time, but limping in commercial run

Jaipur (JP): Much has been said on the delay of Jaipur Metro, which got the final safety certification on Friday. But the officials of Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) on Saturday said the Jaipur Metro Project (Phase I) was completed in a record time.

Since its inception, it took the authorities four years and one month to complete the whole work including getting the required sanctions.

However, it lags behind other Metros in starting the commercial run.

Since March this year, the officials and staff of JMRC were burning midnight oil to get the safety certification from the Commissioner, Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).

On the completion of Metro projects in other parts of the country, Ashwini Saxena, project director, JMRC, said, “The construction work for Delhi Metro was started on October 1, 1998, and its commercial run started on December 24, 2002. It means it was fully completed in four years and two months. The work on Bangalore Metro project started on April 15, 2007, and its commercial run began on October 20, 2011. Thus, it took around four-and-a-half years.” He added, “As far as we are concerned, we started the construction work in February 2011 and were ready with the project in March 2015. This means we completed the project in four years and one month. We are only waiting for the date of commercial run.”

When asked about the likely date for Metro’s commercial run, Saxena said, “The ball is in the court of the government. However, we need to do certain things including three more load tests as suggested by CMRS Chetan Bakshi. We are hopeful of getting the date within this month to start the Metro’s commercial run. We need this fortnight to complete a few tests. In the third or last week of this month, we would be fully ready to handle the commercial operations.”

Before dedicating the service to the public, the JMRC needs to conduct three load tests on the double elevated tracks. It also needs to install signages at a few curves on the tracks, he added.

On the USP of Jaipur Metro, Saxena said, “We completed the work in a record time. We were ready in the month of March itself. However, the CMRS, during his visit in March, needed more time for inspection, so we got the certification in May. Likewise, we have constructed a double-storey elevated road and Metro track for the first time in the country. Similarly, the project also includes construction of stations on a single pier using segmental construction technique, the first-of-its-kind in India.”