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Chennai metro rail gets 24 new trains from Andhra, begins testing – Times of India


Chennai: Chennai Metro Rail’s plans to open new routes between Saidapet and Airport, and Thirumangalam and Shenoy Nagar by year-end are on schedule with CMRL having begun tests on 24 new trains that have arrived from Alstom factory in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.

Last year, metro rail received nine trains imported from Alstom factory in Brazil. They were issued completion certificates and seven were accepted by CMRL in June 2015 when the Alandur-Koyambedu elevated line was thrown open to the public.

Apart from the trains currently in operation, all other trains delivered are under various stages of testing and commissioning at the CMRL depot in Koyambedu.

The total number of trains ordered from Alstom Transport in the first phase is 42 trains. Following the initial import of nine trains, Alstom set up a factory in Sri City, around 55km north of Chennai, as a measure to promote indigenization and technology transfer of metro train manufacture.

The trains have first class seats and have an emergency system through which passengers can communicate to the train operator.

The seven trains that are now operational periodically undergo checks by a team from CMRL rolling stock maintenance department. The regular procedure, as per the monthly schedule, includes a 72-hour check and routine external train cleaning using automatic wash plant at the maintenance depot.

A routine static test has been completed on one train at the factory in Sri City and officials are conducting the final…

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