MMRDA to seek Safety Nod in February

Mumbai: The process to begin commercial operations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor of the Metro may pick up pace in the next few weeks with officials looking at a February date to approach the railway safety authority for final approval.

The MMRDA expects the Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to begin oscillation trials in a few days, said metropolitan Commissioner U P S Madan on Thursday.

“The railways board has given us verbal assurance, but formal correspondence is expected in a couple of days,” Madan said. “We hope to approach the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety by February.”

Approval of the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) is necessary before services can start. The RDSO team will conduct the trials along the entire 11.4-km stretch of the VAG corridor.

The trials will include study of train behaviour like acceleration and deceleration, suspension, emergency brake distance and track parameters, and adherence to safety and technical specifications.

Metro I missed several deadline because of the slow pace of work.

RInfra-promoted Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd, which will operate the system, says the launch of commercial operations is subject to approval from relevant authorities, including the CMRS.

On November 9, MMOPL had begun its end-to-end trial on the entire VAG corridor. The Metro is expected to carry 10 lakh passengers daily.