By Arpika Bhosale www.asianage.com
It looks like Mumbaikars will have to wait longer to avail the city’s first metro service.
While the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has given safety clearance to the seven-year-delayed project on May 2, conditional clearance is still pending.
Metro officials failed to realise that the final nod has to come from the Railway Board, given that the rolling stock (rakes and wheels) is completely new. Reliance Infrastructure has now announced that it will operate the metro seven days after the railway board gives its go-ahead.
“I have given an okay with regard to the track, line alignment and other parameters but according to the Metro Act 2002, whenever we plan to put a completely newly-made train on the track, the railway board has to give an approval,” said CRS P.S. Baghel. “The rolling stock in the Mumbai metro is different as compared to the Delhi metro. If at least the dimensions were the same, this would not have been a requirement.”
The Mumbai metro rolling stock has been supplied by a Chinese company, Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport (NPRT), whereas that of the Delhi metro has been supplied by indigenous train manufacturer, Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF). More info