Jaipur: The much-awaited Jaipur Metro Rail Project has got the green signal from the Railway Ministry on technical clearance for its operations in Signal, Telecom and Electricity expansion system, DMRC Chief Atul Gadgil said on Monday.
In a major development the Union Ministry of Railways has given approval to the ‘Schedule of Dimensions’ (SoD) of 9.2 km long Mansarovar to Chandpol Metro project. Now, the clearance from the safety commissioner and research designs and standard organisation (RDSO) is awaited to begin trial of metro trains on the tracks.
The schedule of dimensions is a technical document detailing the minute information about the construction and design works of metro structure like stations and tracks. It also details the signal telecommunication and electrical works.
The documents claim that the measures in the civil works met the standards set by the Railways. For instance the height of the station, track parameters, coaching stock, horizontal and vertical specification and the curve and radius in the tracks have been designed as per the standards.
Railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge has approved all these dimensions recently. A statement released by the state government said that the minister informed about the approval to chief minister Ashok Gehlot in a letter.
The minister also added that RDSO is also satisfied with the Metro project and will give its final opinion soon.
The sources said that after clearance of the SoD the approval by the Railway safety commissioner and RDSO is required for trial of metro trains on the constructed tracks.
All these clearances are expected to be received by next month. Later the Railway Board will give green signal for ferrying the trains.
Atul Gadgil, the chief project manager with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), said that safety commissioner already visited the site of the metro project twice and is satisfied with the work. According to officials, the certification involves various agencies and it takes at least a month to check all the safety and operational parameters. Once the design and other clearances are given, the oscillation trials are conducted physically.
“As the deadline for running the Metro is approaching fast, the Jaipur Metro project needs safety certification by the commissioner of railway safety (CMRS) and clearances from the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) under a Metro Act. Later the Railway Board will give green signal and we would run trains on the tracks,” said Gadgil.