Kolkata’s East-West metro trials to begin from May this year
The new rakes of the East-West Metro will start their trial runs elevated viaduct from Sector V toA?Salt LakeA?stadium from early May. The stretch will be inaugurated in October. According toA?KMRCA?officials, the rake will initially be parked at the depot. It will run on the seven-kilometre track inside the car maintenance depot till its full-fledged trial run along the actual viaduct.
The six-coach train was manufactured by PSU BEML, which will be supplying 84 such coaches (14 trains) to KMRC in the next few months.
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The inspection of the track from Sector V to Phoolbagan is complete and Chinese firm CRRC will supply and install the platform screen doors.
The design headway is 2.5 minutes, which means there will be a train every 2.5 minutes and the rakes can run without drivers. The communication-based train control system (CBTC) will allow automatic train operation with minimal or no intervention from the train operator. However, KMRCL will have drivers in the cabin just to assure passengers.