Plan off track: First Metro trial run on southern corridor hits technical hurdle

To facilitate the trials, a train was brought by a battery-operated loco on Saturday.

Published: 24th November 2016 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2016 04:49 AM   |  A+A-



By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The first Metro trial run set to commence from National College Metro station to Jayanagar Metro station on the southern corridor of the Green Line on Wednesday could not take place due to technical reasons.

To facilitate the trials, a train was brought by a battery-operated loco on Saturday from Mantri Square Sampige station to K R Market Metro station and taken to National College on Sunday.

According to a top Metro official, the train was supposed to undergo a series of trial runs between 4 pm and 8.30 pm on Wednesday. The first run was supposed to begin from National College at 4 pm.  “However, one of the traction contractors working with us wanted a power block (power on the line to be shut down) along the route during the time to carry out some checks. Because of this, the trial run could not begin as scheduled,” he said.

he run is now scheduled to take place on Thursday. In the initial days, the train will be run only between 10 and 20 km per hour from 4 pm to 9 pm. It will begin at National College and stop at Lalbagh and South End Circle stations before terminating at Jayanagar. It will begin its return trip from there. “A round trip will take 15 minutes,” he said.

From Monday, BMRCL hopes to cover the entire distance between National College and Puttenahalli and will seek permission for it, the official added. Trials will be held between 10 am and 6 pm on Monday.

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