Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 28

News of the Month Article | 29 Kochi Metro Update : Kochi Metro Completes One Year of Commercial Operations Kochi: The Kochi Metro completed 1 year of commercial operations, and was moving on the right track with increase in the number of passengers and income, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. One of its main achievements was having brought down the loss from Rs 6 crore it incurred in the initial 6 months to Rs 3 crore at present, he said in a Facebook post. More Information: • • • • • He said, the average number of passengers using the metro has also doubled from 20,000 to 40,000 per day. The number of people travelling during holidays has touched nearly 60,000, he added. The total length of the Kochi Metro rail is 25 km. The phase-1 of the 13.26 km long Aluva-Palarivattom stretch was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 17 last year. The foundation for KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Limited), a 50- 50 Joint Venture of the Centre and the state government, • was laid on September 13, 2012 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The 2nd reach of Kochi Metro from Palarivattom to Maharaja’s College ground in the heart of the city was commissioned on October 3 last year. Bangalore Metro Update: BMRCL To Begin Operations of 6-Coach Metro Train 30 | Article News of the Month Chairman, Railway Board Conducts Review Meeting with Cen- tral Railway and Western Railway Chairman Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani held a review meeting regarding all the ongoing and future projects with General Manager, Central Railway, Shri D.K. Sharma and General Manager, Western Railway, Shri A.K. Gupta, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai. Shri Ashwani Lohani also held discussions with Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC) regarding capacity enhancement works under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), particularly Diva-Thane and Kurla-Parel 5th and 6th lines. On this occasion, Principal Heads of Departments of Central, Western Railways and MRVC were present. Presentation was given on various developmental works by Divisional Railway Managers Mumbai, Mumbai Central and also Director MRVC. Shri Ashwani Lohani also addressed Press and Media at the Heritage Hall before inspecting the station. Shri Ashwani Lohani first inaugurated the Self Ticketing Zone at the Suburban booking concourse (Star Chamber) where one can buy tickets through CoTVM, ATVM and QR code. Besides, Shri Lohani interacted with the UTS App booth staff popularising the app amongst the commuters. Mobile charging station was also inaugurated at CSMT main line concourse. The mobile charging station supports 12 direct charging and 8 USB charging points. Such stations will be provided at CSMT (total 7 stations), Dadar -4 and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus -5 soon. Shri Ashwani Lohani also inaugurated the child helpline 1098 day and night helpdesk at CSMT where destitute and run away kids are after identification sent to their homes back or to the shelter homes as the case may be. Chief Electrical Inspector DVS Raju Inspected Overhead Electric Traction System (OETS) Between Punjagutta & LB Nagar Metro Stations Hyderabad: Chief Electrical Inspector to Government of India (CEIG) DVS Raju inspected the Overhead Electric Traction System (OETS) between Punjagutta & LB Nagar Metro stations. He also accorded sanction for energisation of the OETS. Bangalore: Commercial operations of the 6-coach Namma Metro train will begin this Friday, as the BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited) has got clearance from the Railway Board. The train will be operated on the Purple Line (Baiyappanahalli to Mysuru Road), Mahendra Jain, Managing Director, BMRCL said. More Information: More Information: • • • • • • The 6 coach train is expected to bring huge relief to lakhs of passengers, especially during the peak hours. The carrying capacity of the extended train is close to 2,000 passengers and it can be operated at a speed of 80 kmph. He said, the first coach will be reserved for women, as promised before. The BMRCL had, earlier this year, reserved the first 2 entrances of the first coach for women. “This is the first six-coach train we are operating. We have tentatively fixed Friday as the date to operate the train. www.railanalysis.com • We are in the process of completing the required modalities before Friday. Getting clearance from the Railway Board is a big booster. By June 2019, the entire fleet will be integrated to six-coach trains.” The BMRCL received 3 coaches from BEML Ltd. in February, and had approached the Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) seeking clearance in April after various levels of tests. • • • • The traction system is fed from the Receiving Substation (RSS) of the Hyderabad Metro Rail at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station. Incoming supply to this substation is drawn from the main substation of TS TRANSCO. Energisation of the OETS would facilitate movement of trains for trial runs from Ameerpet to LB Nagar (Stage 5) and thus connect the entire Corridor-I from Miyapur to LB Nagar, after conducting the inspection, DVS Raju said. The trial runs would begin in a few days, a senior Metro official said. LTMRHL MD and CEO KVB Reddy said,“This is an • important milestone for Corridor I. We are thankful to the CEIG for inspecting and approving stage Ameerpet- LB Nagar energisation from Punjagutta to LB Nagar.” This would enable LTMRHL to test other systems of the Metro R ail and thereby start trial runs as per its commitment to complete all statutory requirements, he also said. www.railanalysis.com