Kolkata Metro to start trial runs of trains for maintenance purpose on Thursday

Kolkata Metro Railway will begin trial runs of the trains from Thursday to upkeep the rolling stock, signalling system, and other systems all set as and when asked for resuming their services. They will follow the norms issued by the Centre for resumption.

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The metros will be run along North-South alignment i.e. from Noapara- Kavi Subhash for servicing and maintenance as they have remained unused for over two months due to the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown.

Maintenance personnel will travel by these trains and get down at every station to have a check on the working condition of the systems.
An authority confirmed, “Trial of rolling stock and assets will be done from Thursday since the trains have not been run for over two months”.

The Metro Railway had previously said that after recommencing of the metro services, they will take required measures that would sharply decline the number of commuters, to strictly comply with the social distancing norms at the stations and inside the trains for the safety of the passengers.

Indrani Banerjee, spokesperson of Kolkata railway confirmed, “In order to ensure that trains are not crowded and passengers maintain social distancing norms inside coaches, the metro railway, which normally carries 6 to 6.5 lakh people on a weekday, may ferry just one-third of the usual number. We plan to drastically reduce the number of passengers to avoid crowding and discourage non-essential travel”.

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