NOIDA: The Noida Metro’s aqua line, connecting Sector 52 to Knowledge Park in Greater Noida, is expected to start functioning by September, officials said on Saturday.
While trial runs of the available coaches have been going on since January, the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), the nodal agency nominated by the ministry of railways for the conduct of oscillation trials, will begin inspections in the third week of May.
A meeting of senior officials from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), the Noida authority and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) took place on Saturday to review the progress of the aqua line.
Officials said that while the first 10km-stretch from Depot station to Sector 147 had been handed over by the DMRC to the RDSO for oscillation trials, the remaining 20 kilometres would also be ready in the next couple of months. The RDSO’S trials for the first stretch would begin in the third week of May and were expected to be completed in a fortnight, said officials.
“We hope that the line will become operational by Augustseptember. The trials have been going on since January and progress rate along the line is good,” Mangu Singh, managing director of DMRC, said.
Officials said that inspection by the commissioner for Metro rail safety and other required clearances would be the next major milestone.
A total of 11 trains are required to start commercial operations immediately. As on date, three trains are already undergoing extensive testing, while the next three trains are expected to be delivered at the depot in June.the remaining trains too are expected to be delivered on time, according to NMRC officials.
In the first week of January 2018, the trials and testing of the Noida Metro trains had begun. The main power for conducting trials was received in mid-march from the state department.
“Subsequently, in just a span of two months, extensive trials have been conducted successfully on the Metro trains, besides the completion of other related system contracts. The DMRC has also been engaged in installing many safety devices at the sharp curvatures falling in the proposed section where oscillation trials will begin soon,” an NMRC official said.
The officials said that the aqua line would have 19 rakes with four cars each. Each train would be equipped with a passenger information system, a public address system, and an emergency announcement system from the operation control centre. Besides, all the stations would be equipped with platform screen doors.
The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. Seat reservation, through different coloured seats, has been done in the coaches for women, senior citizens and differently abled persons.
Dedicated space has been provided for wheelchair-bound commuters in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains.