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Metro safety certification likely in a day or two

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Delayed start: Namma Metro's launch is expected in the first week of October. — FILE PHOTO: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Delayed start: Namma Metro's launch is expected in the first week of October. — FILE PHOTO: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is likely to give his nod for Namma Metro Reach 1 between Byappanahalli and M.G. Road in a day or two. This will pave the way for its launch in the first week of October.

Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), South-Central Region, D.K. Singh, who was also CMRS for Namma Metro Reach 1, told The Hindu that he was in the process of examining documents. “The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has sent required clarifications for the queries I raised during my inspection,” he said.

With CMRS sanction almost through, BMRCL and the State Government are awaiting a date for the launch from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Since the Prime Minister is expected to arrive from his foreign trip by September 27, Namma Metro's launch is expected in the first week of October, BMRCL sources said.

The certification process got delayed because of two crucial clearances to be issued by the Railway Board. Though the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, completed the speed test and other formalities in June, the Board had not issued the two crucial certificates.

Only after Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda met Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and urged him to hasten the process of safety certification did he process pick up. The CMRS inspected voluminous documents before physical inspection of Reach 1. Under normal circumstances, physical inspection is followed by inspection of documents. This was done to speed up the safety certification process. Meanwhile, S.K. Mittal was appointed as CRS for Southern circle, covering South Western Railway, Southern Railway and BMRCL.

The post was vacant for the past few months requiring Mr. Singh to officiate this responsibility too.

Doubts were raised whether the new CRS/CMRS would have to make fresh inspection of Reach 1, causing further delay. But, Mr. Mittal told The Hindu that Mr. Singh was competent to issue authorisation to BMRCL for the portions he had already inspected.

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