The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro will soon enter the final phase of scrutiny to obtain a safety certification, deeming the project to be sound for public use.
The Research Design & Standard Organisation (RDSO) has finished conducting safety tests on the corridor and will soon send a report to the commissioner of the Metro Rail Safety with its observations.
The RDSO tests began on January 31 and were completed in 11 days, much ahead of the scheduled completion date of February 22, as per details provided by the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), the consortium in charge of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro.
The RDSO is a statutory technical body that tests Metro rail systems for safety based on international standards as per the Metro Act.
While scrutinising the Metro project, the RDSO conducted oscillation trials to check the track-worthiness of the rolling stock under different conditions to determine its safety, stability and ridership quality. Similarly, the RDSO’s emergency breaking distance trials to ensure that the breaking systems are effective. The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro was tested to run at a maximum speed of 90 kmph.
The commissioner of the Metro Rail Safety will be the last authority to assess the Metro. The Metro corridor, which has been under construction since February 2008, will be opened to public only after the commissioner certifies it as safe.
During the inauguration ceremonies of the monorail and the Sahar elevated road, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said with the safety certification process of the Metro rail proceeding well as per schedule, the Metro too would be inaugurated either by the end of this month or in March.
Reliance Infrastructure-led MMOPL, which also comprises Veolia Transport and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), is constructing the Metro on a public-private partnership model.
“We are proud that the statutory body was immensely satisfied and finished the trials in record time,” an MMOPL spokesperson said.