Mumbai Metro will begin trials on Sunday to see if its trains can be run at a speed of 80 kmph instead of the current 50 kmph.
The trials, which will be carried out by the commissioner for metro rail safety, are a technical requirement as Mumbai Metro has been operational for more than a year. The service, which currently runs between Versova and Ghatkopar, was launched on June 8 last year.
Even if the trials are a success, the operator is unlikely to increase the standard speed immediately as there is a metro station at every km on the 11.4-km corridor.
But the test runs will mark an important milestone for Mumbai Metro that was launched after fare disputes, missed project deadlines and construction accidents.
Chetan Bakshi, the commissioner for metro rail safety, will conduct the speed trials between 8.30 am and 4 pm on Sunday. Commuter services will not be available during this period.
“The safety inspection will be in connection with proposed increase of maximum speed of metro trains from 50 kmph to 80 kmph. The safety commissioner will check Mumbai Metro’s preparedness for handling faster trains,” a Mumbai Metro One spokesperson said. More info