The coast is now clear for the final approval for commercial operations from the Commissioner of Railway Safety. The French agency awards the safety certificate to all new Metro lines worldwide and was chosen as per international standards to send its ‘Independent Safety Assessment (ISA)’ clearance after thorough inspection of the signals.
Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) engineers heaved a sigh of relief, when the ISA certificate reached Kolkata. The ISA safety audit by the French firm has been going on for some time and the final certificate was long due.
The commissioning of East-West Metro was due to happen in April-May, but was pushed back since the Italian firm handling the signalling system missed the March 31 deadline, and the ISA nod became pending because of this.
Certifier had conducted its inspection in March and would have given its nod in three weeks, but had to delay the procedure as the signal tests couldn’t be done. The Italian firm has almost completed 800 trials now and the system is in place for CRS inspection. Read more
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