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Kolkata Metro unveils demo coach for East-West metro corridor

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) on Saturday unveiled a built by Bengaluru-based Ltd for East-West corridor which is likely to be commissioned with a truncated route around June this year.

According to officials, the is not only capable of running at double the speed of existing rakes but also has amenities for the disabled passengers and reduced chances of collision.

"There will be six coaches in a train, which will run at a maximum speed of 80 km per hour, double the speed limit of 40 km a hour of the existing North-South Metro," a KMRCL said, adding that the all has in-built features to take a wheel-chair bound person directly inside the compartment, facilitated by platforms with ramps for the disabled.

"The East-West is going to be safer, more reliable and more comfortable," KMRCL's said.

The corporation's had said the East-West metro corridor covers a total distance of 16.6 km and the first phase of the corridor was expected to run between Sector V and on EM Bypass, spanning over 5 km, by June 2018.

The coaches will be operated by (CBTC) technology from the control room at the KMRC Central Depot, the said.

According to the official, all these automated rakes will have the facility of operating trains without a motorman.

The coaches will be 2.88 metres wide with a total seating capacity of 268 and standing capacity of 1,782. Trains on the stretch will have a frequency of 2.5 minutes during peak hours.

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First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 22:34 IST
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