Kolkata Metro: Metro Railway rushes to beat coronavirus delay for Dalian rake | Kolkata News


KOLKATA: Metro Railway is making all efforts to try and complete the Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) trials for the Dalian prototype by March-April so it may be commissioned as soon as possible. The RFI trials were supposed to start from March 2 in the presence of a special team from China.
However, the visit of this team to Kolkata has become uncertain due to the COVID-19 scare. Under the circumstances, Metro has got in touch with Dalian to work out an alternative.
“The Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) is a division under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. This organization conducted the RFI trials for the Medha rakes built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perambur. Dalian will speak to SAMEER and if the researchers there agree to conduct trials on the new rake under a protocol set by the company, there will be no need for the team from China. Hopefully, the trials can then be completed by March-April,” a source said.
While monitoring the progress of trials for the Dalian prototype to ensure its early commissioning, Metro general manager Manoj Joshi is also maintaining watch on the ongoing projects in the city. A high-level meeting was convened by him on Monday where all the projects were discussed, including the East-West Corridor stretch between Salt Lake Stadium and Phoolbagan for which trials are being held. According to an official, the stretch should be ready for commissioning by May/June.
“The Noapara-Dakshineswar stretch was also discussed with officials of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL). The work there is also on track and should be completed by the end of June. Trials will start in July after which the commissioner of railway safety’s clearance will be sought. The stretch should be commissioned in August/September. The construction of the crossover to the Noapara carshed is also on schedule. This connection is crucial for seamless connectivity to Dakshineswar,” the official said.
Metro is keen to open the link to Dakshineswar as soon as possible for the benefit of people in the northern fringes of Kolkata after closure of the Tallah Bridge. Once this link is commissioned, office-goers and students from the area will no longer have to use road transport. Metro expects an increase in passenger count by 50,000 after this stretch is commissioned and plans to run every second service up to Dakshineswar.

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