The first train for Gurgaons Rapid Metro arrived in the city on Wednesday. The three coaches,which will make up a train set,started their journey from the manufacturing unit in Shanghai on July 22 and arrived in Mumbai port on August 14.
Rapid Metro officials are watching the weather to ascertain a good day to put the coaches on tracks,after which trial runs will begin from October 2.
The coaches have been manufactured in China at CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd. Officials said the coaches left the Shanghai port on July 29. After they arrived in Mumbai,they were shifted to a trailer and started from there on August 28.
In Gurgaon,the coaches are resting in U-Block,DLF Phase-III. Officials said the transportation had been safe and no damage to the coaches has been reported. They are still kept wrapped and will be unveiled only on the day they are being moved to the tracks.
The Rapid Metro is expected to begin operations in March 2013. Officials said the coaches have state-of-the-art technology and are made from aluminium,making them lighter in weight. The trains will run on standard gauge.
Power sub-stations that will feed the trains are in the final stage of readiness. The light weight of the coaches,officials said,will reduce the noise to less than 80 decibels. It also means that the trains will require lesser maintenance as compared to heavier ones of other Metros.
To further reduces the noise level,a new type of compressor Scroll Compressor System is used in the air-conditioners.
The Rapid Metro trains will have a capacity of approximately 1,000 passengers and a maximum speed of 80 kmph.
Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon Ltd is constructing the first private fully-funded Metro system in Gurgaon. The line will have six stations. IL&FS group companies are the main promoters for the project.