The much awaited commercial operation of Nagpur Metro is a just few days away. With MahaMetro already getting the certificate from Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) on February 24, the only formality left is inspection and clearance from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).
The CMRS team will be arriving in the city on a two-day visit on March 3. The team will carry out inspection of rolling stock, different sections, tracks and other installations. This was informed by MahaMetro Managing Director; Dr Brijesh Dixit on Thursday.
He was talking to the media persons after handing over the first Maha Card, also called as Common Mobility Card to Mayor Ms Nanda Jichkar at Metro’s Civil Lines office on Thursday morning.
“The CMRS team – comprising three members – has confirmed its schedule of two-day visit that begins on March 3,” Dr Dixit informed. The safety certificate is necessary to start the commercial operation of Metro for which the residents of Nagpur are also eagerly waiting.
To a question, Dr Dixit could not give a specific date of Metro beginning its commercial run, saying it all depends upon the CMRS clearance. “Once the CMRS team completes the inspection, it should be a matter of couple of days. However, at the moment, nothing can be said with certainty,” the MahaMetro MD said.
After the CMRS certificate, only one clearance remains that of Railway Board. However, it is mere a paper work and does not involve any team inspection. This might take another two days.
Sources said it is most likely that Metro would begin its operation in next ten days. The entire machinery of MahaMetro is working round the clock to get the unfinished task completed and start the service at the earliest.