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Doors that will close even if small objects get stuck under them, closed-circuit TV cameras inside coaches and quicker emergency exit are some of the highlights of the new Chinese rake of Metro Railway that was unveiled at the Noapara maintenance depot on Thursday. The rake manufactured by CNR Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co is the first of 14 rakes Metro will roll out in phases. “The rake that has arrived will start its commercial run after at least five months,” said a senior Metro official. A team of engineers from the manufacturer has come to Calcutta to assist the Metro authorities during the trial run and fitness tests. A representative of Dalian said a group of engineers from China would be stationed in Calcutta for a year. The rake will need a clearance from the Lucknow-based Research Designs and Standards Organisation. A subsequent fitness certificate from the Commissioner of Railway Safety and a nod from the Railway Board are required before commercial run starts. “The remaining 13 rakes will come after the first one clears all tests,” the official said. Each coach can accommodate more than 400 passengers and will have CCTV cameras and an emergency voice communication system with the drivers.

Source: Telegraph India

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