East-West Metro’s Sealdah extension project is now armed with the crucial international safety clearance. The French safety assessor, Certifier, has approved the signal and other systems, paving the way for Metro Railway to apply for inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).
The third party assessment and a fire safety clearance are prerequisites for Metro Railway to apply for the CRS inspection. The CRS, under the ministry of civil aviation, is the autonomous body that clears any new Metro project in India.
East-West Metro now runs a truncated 6.9-km service between Sector V and Phoolbagan. The corridor can extend by another 2.3km till Sealdah only after the CRS gives its nod. Before inspecting the new stretch, CRS officials, at its Lucknow headquarters, will scrutinize the safety documents and then give a date for inspection.
The French agency that awards the safety certificate to all new Metro lines worldwide was chosen as per international standards to give its “Independent Safety Assessment (ISA)” by Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), the implementing agency of the 16-km East-West Metro corridor, which will link Sector V with Howrah Maidan. A global tender was floated to select the ISA consultant for the entire East-West corridor. A truncated 5-km from Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium of Kolkata’s Line 2 was launched in February 2020. In October, another 1-km till Phoolbagan was added.
A French team had come down in the first week of November to conduct the safety audit and they checked the signalling system of the 2.3-km Sealdah stretch and the integration of automatic train control with the Operation Control Centre — East-West’s futuristic control room capable of running driverless trains. Subsequently, the ISA certificate was issued and KMRC engineers heaved a sigh of relief. “The ISA clearance is a milestone for the Sealdah extension,” said an engineer. On November 2, Metro Railway general manager had visited the underground Metro station coming up below Sealdah railway station. He had told TOI, “We should be able to start the stretch by early 2022 after CRS authorization.” The first trial from Phoolbagan to Sealdah station was conducted on July 31.
Source: Times of India