East-West Metro receives approval for signalling system

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Kolkata: The East-West Metro project has received the safety clearance for signalling system, according to reports. In the first phase, which is likely to be launched in a month, trains will run 5.5km between the Sector V and Salt Lake stations, it said.

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  • Once fully operational, East-West Metro will connect Salt Lake Sector V and Howrah Maidan covering 16.5km length.
  • We have got the safety clearance for the signalling system, said an official of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC).
  • The Corporation has sent documents to the commissionerate of railway safety for permission to start commercial run.
  • East-West Metro will have CBTC (communication-based train control) signalling system.
  • Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) is a Government of India enterprise implementing Kolkata East-West Metro Corridor Project.
  • The line will have interchange with existing terminals of Indian railways at Howrah and Sealdah.
  • Running through the heart of Kolkata, bridging two of the city’s most populous areas, the corridor has been planned to drastically cut down on travel cost and time.
  • Normally, one would take at least an hour and a half and multiple modes of transport to travel between the extremities of the city at peak hours on a weekday.
  • The East-West Metro Corridor will provide the Kolkata commuter a seamless way to travel.

Sound barriers-

  • The East-West Metro will have sound barriers on some stretches in Salt Lake where the tracks run cheek by jowl with residential buildings and hospitals.
  • Sources said,”The sound barriers will be made of micro-perforated stainless steel sheets.
  • The sound barriers to be installed along the tracks, will be imported from Taiwan.
  • The source said, the sound barriers are expected to bring down the noise level by at least 20 decibels.
  • It will be installed on the stretches where buildings are within 30m of the tracks.
  • The perforated sheets are expected to absorb the noise produced by the movement of trains.
  • The installation should be over around the time commercial run will start.

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