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Metro awaits Railway Board nod for new rakes

KOLKATA: Metro Railway has returned to the level it used to be within the years leading as much as 2010, when the primary air-conditioned rakes started arriving. Even then, courtesy of the lackadaisical angle of the ministry of railways, Metro used to be struggling to care for the requisite collection of services and products as a number of of its conventional rakes have been over 15 years old and had started faltering. In the few years after 2010, Metro received the 13 AC rakes and extended its services and products to Kavi Subhash. Now, it has once more been pressured to cut back the collection of services and products from 300 to 284.

“We had been speaking with the Railway Board incessantly and the closing clearance for the five new ICF rakes at our disposal reached New Delhi per week in the past. Now we are hoping that the Board realizes the difficulty we are facing and provides the go-ahead soon,” a senior Metro Railway official mentioned.

Following the Majerhat bridge cave in and the subsequent congestion on roads, the collection of Metro commuters has long past up considerably over the previous few months. On weekdays, the Metro carries nearly seven lakh commuters. Even with 300 services and products, this supposed that each rake carried over 2,300 passengers on a mean. This translated to around 3,200-3,300 passengers in step with rake all through the peak hours, an official mentioned. The heavy dense weigh down load (HDCL) capability of the present AC rakes is only 2,700. With 284 services and products, the load that each rake will have to elevate has long past up, making commuting extraordinarily uncomfortable.

“It is like travelling in a packed suburban educate within the Sealdah department. Only, there's better air flow within the EMU rakes as the doorways and windows are open. The ACs can’t deal with the load. The situation gets worse as the mercury rises. Soon people may also fall in poor health,” mentioned Shyamal Mukherjee, a day-to-day commuter.

A Metro official mentioned there is not any manner that the upkeep personnel may also be asked to overtake extra rakes than they're already doing.

“As the rakes grow older, they require extra upkeep. The carshed can only churn out a certain collection of fit rakes on a daily basis. We don’t want any further disruptions as passengers suffer,” he added.

Metro now has only about 21-22 fit rakes, together with the 13 AC ones, and the majority of them are run day-to-day. Once the five ICF rakes sign up for carrier, working 300 services and products will no longer be a problem and journeys will change into extra relaxed as the AC fleet will increase, officials mentioned.

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