Metro 2A and 7 trials will commence from May 31 as overhead electrical equipment (OHE) has been energised, to enable movement of a prototype train on the tracks. The first mainline trial-run of a prototype train set is planned on the Up line from Charkop depot. The dynamic testing and trial runs by a BEML team will continue for two months, after which the prototype rake will be offered to Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) for mandatory performance and safety testing, which will take around two months MMRDA tweeted, ‘Line 2A trial section from Dahisar to Kamraj Nagar and upto depot loop line has been energized at 25kV today, trials will start on 31st May from Charkop depot to Aarey as OHE of Line 7 has also been successfully energised.’
Initially, MMRDA had set a deadline of December 2020 to commence the service but the outbreak of coronavirus lead to a lockdown and migration of labourers to their native places as work came to a standstill. While Metro 2A is 17.5km long, Metro 7 (Dahisar and Western Express Highway) is 18.6km.
Commercial operations are targeted to commence from October 2021 between Kamraj Nagar and Aarey via Dahisar on both lines. The entire stretch of 2A and 7 is expected to be ready for trial/testing by December 2021. The deadline for the entire stretch to be commissioned is January 1, 2022.
Indigenously-designed Metro cars will operate on 25KV AC traction power and equipped with CCTV surveillance, and can carry bicycles in coaches. The cars are of stainless steel body, and can carry 2,280 passengers in six cars in a Metro train-set. BEML bagged an order of 576 cars for MMRDA’s MRS1 project, the largest order ever, amid stiff competition in the presence of international players and supply is scheduled progressively up to January 2024.