E-W trains likely to run ahead of May schedule

E-W trains likely to run ahead of May schedule

With two technologies crucial for train operations set to reach the city next week, Metro services between Sector V and Salt Lake stadium could commence by December-January, months ahead of the extended deadline in May 2019. The driverless technology and the braking system are expected to be installed by next weekend for fullspeed trials the week after.

“Delay in getting the software deferred the first phase operations of East-West Metro. But now that it’s going to be here, we shall try our best to get the trains running by December,” said an official.

A Japanese team from Mitsubishi is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on Monday to install the Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) that allows driverless train operations.

Another team from Germany’s Knorr-Bremse will arrive the next day to help integrate the Brake Electronic Control Unit (BECU) that is critical for operational safety. Read More

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