JBS-MGBS Route of Hyderabad Metro gets Safety Clearance

JBS-MGBS route on Corridor II of Hyderabad metro rail has been issued a safety clearance certificate by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). HMRL managing director NVS Reddy, Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety JK Garg, senior engineers and other officials inspected the route and issued the certificate. All the safety tests pertaining to viaduct, track, signaling, telecom, lifts, escalators, control room and several others were inspected by the Garg. The safety clearance certificate will pave the way for the introduction of passenger services between JBS and MGBS. As the stretch has been issued the clearance, the government will decide the date of inauguration, said NVS Reddy.

Ward bypoll puts back JBS Metro Inauguration

A ward bye-election in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has forced Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) to postpone the commencement of operations on the Jubilee Bus Station (JBS)-Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) stretch. Officials said that despite making elaborate arrangements to start the service on the historic stretch, the model code of conduct (MCC) had played spoilsport with their plans.

The trails runs on the JBS-MGBS stretch commenced on November 24 and a team of technical experts and engineers observed various parameters and performance of the trains. HMRL had first planned the inaugural by the second week of December. After difficulties in securing clearance from the commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS), HMRL had intended to start the services by Sankranti. Now, the notification for the municipal polls on January 22 has pushed the inaugural by two weeks.

Mr Reddy said, “Once the operation on the 11-km stretch between the JBS and MGBS via the interchange station at Parade Grounds commences, the travel time will be cut down to 16 minutes from 38-40 minutes by road.”

The HMRL has conducted signalling and safe train separation tests, as also the brake test. Metro Rail coaches, passenger information announcements and displays, dummy passenger evacuation tests have been carried out.

Regarding the status of works on the route, Mr Reddy said it was an ongoing project and work would be completed swiftly once the operations commence. He said that under pressure, work would be completed at a brisk pace like it was done at the Raidurg station.

“In one month, all stations would be ready,” he said.

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