Kochi: The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) begun the all-important safety examination on the first stretch of Kochi Metro Rail project on Wednesday.
The five-member expert team, led by CMRS commissioner K. A. Manoharan will continue the inspection, a prerequisite for the project to be made operational, in the Metro corridor on Thursday and Friday.
On Wednesday, the team inspected eleven stations on the stretch between Aluva and Palarivattom.
“We are highly confident of getting the necessary clearance from CMRS,” said KMRL managing director Elias George.
A pooja was held at the Aluva station’s entry to mark the beginning of the proceedings.
The team inspected the facilities at stations in Pulinchodu, Companypady, Ambattukavu and Muttom and assessed the arrangements made for passenger convenience and took a look at the platform signage, lifts and escalators, technical rooms, station control rooms set up, fire alarm, smoke detection system, disaster management mechanism, operating system, ticket counter, platform gate, washroom etc in each station.
Prior to the inspection, the blueprint of all the facilities in the Metro corridor had been sent to the CMRS commissioner, KMRL officials said.
The team checked whether the construction and the operations conformed to specifications approved by the Railway authorities.
The team will visit the remaining stations and the metro depot at Muttom on Thursday and Friday and is expected to hand over the findings to KMRL in a week’s time.
The date of launch of commercial operations will be finalized once the project gets the necessary clearance from CMRS. If the team recommends rectification of any anomaly, the inauguration will be further delayed, KMRL officials said.
KMRL project director Thiruman Archunan and systems director Praveen Goyal accompanied the CMRS team.