The first trial run of a Pune Metro train is all set to take place today on the Bhosri to Swargate route. The last step before the Metro trial run which was to provide power supply to the overhead catenary system, was completed yesterday on 9th January 2020, Thursday.
“We will soon begin trial runs of Metro trains and the process to seek necessary approvals from the Railway Board and other bodies,” said Brijesh Dixit , MD of Maha-Metro, the agency in charge of Pune Metro.
The trial run is expected to take two to three months, after which commercial runs are likely to start on a 5-km stretch in the city. Pune Metro authorities said that the 1.4 km of catenary system, the overhead electric cable from which Metro trains draw power, was made functional with 25KV, 50 Hz power supply.
An 114-electric pole portal has been installed in this section and all the necessary tests, including short-circuit tests on the overhead catenary system, were conducted successfully.
“Pune Metro rail has already placed two trains on the viaduct, parked at pier no. 350. The trial run of the trains on the viaduct. Notices and danger boards have been placed at stations, platforms and other important locations to inform commuters about the overhead catenary system.