First Aqua line train arrives from China

First Aqua line train arrives from China

The first train for the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Aqua line reached the depot in Greater Noida early on Thursday. Officials of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said the four-coach train will be formally unveiled for a first look on December 18 by the managing directors of NMRC and DMRC, Alok Tandon and Mangu Singh, respectively. Trials for the corridor are expected to start from December 30.

The first train of the 29.7 km Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor was dispatched from Nanjing, China for Mundra port in Gujarat on November 2. From there, the train was rolled out by road to the Greater Noida depot.

“The train arrived at 5am on Thursday at the depot,” P D Upadhyay, general manager (finance), NMRC told TOI, adding, “It will now be checked and examined for its fittings and any damages to body during transit, after which it will be set aside for power generation. Officials from CRRC Nanjing Corporation Limited, a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer who is supplying the trains to DMRC for the corridor, have been stationed at the depot to ensure smooth transition of the train from the depot to the trial track. On December 18, we are likely to put the train on test track within the depot for a week before we launch the trials for the corridor.”

He further said, “The first trial runs of the corridor will be launched from Greater Noida across 6 km, from the Depot station to Knowledge Park station across six stations. These trials are likely to last for nearly two months.”

The Aqua line is scheduled to launch in April 2018.

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