Under roaring jets, Metro passes short test run with flying colours

  • | Wednesday | 27th September, 2023

BHOPAL: The ground shook as sonic boom of Indian Airforce jets travelling at mach speed above Bhopals skies coincided with a safety trial run of the soon-to-be-unveiled Bhopal metro rail on Tuesday. After three rounds from the Subhash Nagar depot to Ranikamlapati station and back, the Madhya Pradesh Metro Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) official declared the trial run a success.During the safety trial, three metro coaches did not attempt to match the pace of the Indian Air Force jets soaring above, as the jet pilots were also engaged in a practice run. The focus of the metro test was on safety and braking after short accelerations. The three coaches completed the 4.5 km journey in 20 minutes, with expectations of even faster travel times once passenger services receive the green light. Commercial operations are likely to commence around mid-2024. On the heels of forthcoming state election, the optics of the trial run, expected to take place on October 2, are shaping up to be picture-perfect for the ruling party as the colour scheme of the 4 km priority corridor are closely aligned with the ruling partys colours. The trial run would feature orange line coaches connecting AIIMS Bhopal to Karond. The trial run will pass through three under-construction metro stations, with green nets adorning the sides of the track and stations. The station roofs, painted in shades of orange, add a distinctive touch, matching the front face of the metro coach to the corresponding metro line colour. Meanwhile, inspections and checks will continue in preparation for the mega event in Indore and Bhopal. MPMRCL teams have already arrived in Indore, gearing up for the commercial capitals trial run expected to take place on September 30.We also published the following articles recentlyShort trial run brings Bhopal closer to long-cherished Metro dreamThe Bhopal metro in Madhya Pradesh, India, conducted a kilometer-long safety trial run, signaling the start of the ambitious public transport project. The metro rail smoothly ascended onto the main track, separated by a green barrier, and glided along the tracks at the Arera Hills Stud Farm. The full-fledged commercial operation is still months away, but this initial run holds symbolic significance. The project aims to deliver a 4 km plus corridor and is partially financed by a loan from the European Investment Bank.Bhopal metros trial run to mark giant leap in capitals connectivityThe trial run of the 4 km Bhopal metro rail priority corridor is set to take place in a week, marking a significant step towards improved connectivity in the state capital. The metro project aims to address the growing population and will complement the existing bus rapid transport system. Approved in 2017 with a combined cost of Rs 144.8 billion, the Bhopal metro is expected to be completed and operational by March 2024. The project is partially financed by a 400-million-euro loan from the European Investment Bank.CM to flag off final trial run of Metro by end of monthMP Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) is preparing to start the main trial train for the Indore Metro by the end of this month. Pre-testing trials have already been conducted on a 5.8 km Super Priority Corridor with five stations. The trial runs will gradually increase in speed over the next few months, reaching a maximum speed of 40 kmph. The exact date for the trial runs will depend on the availability of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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