Metro Rail on right tracks: Experts

Hyderabad: As many as eight technical experts having vast experience in Indian Railways and Delhi Metro, who are assisting the Hyderabad Metro Rail in the project execution, inspected the construction on Friday and expressed satisfaction over the progress of works and appealed to people to be patient while the work is on.

NVS-ReddyThe experts, forming a third level of technical engineers, are closely checking the designs and drawings of every aspect of the project. Hyderabad would have the most modern metro rail system equipped with the latest technologies, they said.

Satish Kumar, former Director (Electrical) of Delhi Metro; CBK Rao, former Director (Technical) of Delhi Metro and expert in structures; MUMV Prasada Rao, former CEE and Signaling expert; VK Manglik, former railway general manager and expert in rolling stock; SP Iyer, former railway principal chief engineer who worked for Bangalore Metro; P Raja Goundan, former railway general manager and expert in telecom; GP Garg, former chief commissioner of railway safety; and R Sivaramakrishna, former railway chief signal and communication engineer inspected the metro rail construction sites, check designs and drawings.

The L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad is taking several precautions in the current construction stage and Hyderabad Metro is using a much better technology than any used in other metros in the country, CBK Rao and Satish Kumar said.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, HMR managing director NVS Reddy said that the detailed designs, engineering drawings, design basis reports were first prepared by the renowned metro rail consultancy firm, AECOM, appointed by the concessionaire L&TMRH.

All the civil structures and designs are checked for withstanding the loads and different types of stresses induced by longitudinal and lateral movements of trains, wind forced seismic forces etc. The structures are deigned for extreme load bearing.

While the slender concrete pillars of Hyderabad metro are designed to carry a load of 4,500 tonnes, the maximum load even in extreme conditions with fully loaded trains on both tracks will not go beyond 800 tonnes. Reddy said nearly 1,000 engineers Indians and special consultants have been working on Metro rail designs.