Nagpur Metro’s RDSO trial on Mihan-Airport stretch in Nov 1st week

NAGPUR: The Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) will hold the confirmatory trial of at grade (ground level) section of Nagpur Metro Rail, from Mihan depot to Airport South station, in the first week of November. RDSO is the Ministry of Railways organization, which tests new railway projects. Mahametro has already started the oscillation trial of Metro.

Mahametro has sent a communication to RDSO informing it that Nagpur Metro would be ready for trial by October 31. A two-member team of RDSO would come to Nagpur and verify the results of Mahametro’s trial. They will be here for a day or two. If they are satisfied, they will hand over an interim speed certificate.

A source in Mahametro said that the Metro agency officials were noting down the results of oscillation trial. “These results would be handed over to the RDSO officials. If they want, they can run the train and record the oscillations,” he added.

As per the earlier plan, RDSO officials were to camp here for a month and run the train themselves and record the oscillations. Now, Mahametro will hold the trials and RDSO will only verify the data thus obtained. The RDSO members would come two-to-three times in November.

Mahametro managing director Brijesh Dixit has set a target of commissioning the Nagpur Metro by December end. Once RDSO clears the Metro, Mahametro will apply to commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for a green signal. The commercial operation of Nagpur Metro’s at grade section can begin only after CMRS gives a nod.

If Dixit’s target is to be met, then RDSO and CMRS will have to show some speed in clearing the project. RDSO was supposed to start testing Nagpur Metro by September 15 but this has been delayed by over six weeks. Mahametro, therefore, has proposed part self trial to further reduce delay.

CMRS would not only test the technical aspects of the project but also check the security arrangements and passenger amenities at Metro stations, signalling and telecommunication equipment, security arrangements in the train etc.

After the at grade section, the Hingna depot-Subhash Nagar elevated section will be commissioned. As per the communication sent to union ministry of urban development (MoUD) by Mahametro, this will happen in June 2018.

This will be followed by commissioning of Airport South to Sitabuldi stretch in November 2018. The Subhash Nagar to Sitabuldi stretch would be thrown open in June 2019, the Kamptee Road stretch in September 2019 and Central Avenue stretch in December 2019.