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Work on reach-1 phase Completed: BMRCL

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Updated: July 7, 2011, 2:33 PM IST
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Work on reach-1 phase Completed: BMRCL
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has declared that all the pending works have been completed, but the trut..

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has declared that all the pending works have been completed, but the truth seems to be far from reality.

BMRCL, managing director N Sivasailam, on Wednesday, said that the corporation has completed all the infrastructure work on reach1 of Namma Metro project (BaiyappanahalliMG Road).

"We are through with everything in the reach1 phase, we have completed all the work." Sivasailam said.

Though the BMRCL honcho made this claim, the Bangalore Metro stations have a different story to say. Further, BMRCL's monthly newsletter states that 97 per cent of the work is completed.

Also, BMRCL has chosen "next month" as a response to cover up their mistakes. It has now claimed that the work on the Operation Control Centre (OCC) is in good progress and will be completed next month, while the work is still progressing in slow pace.

The OCC is the 'brain unit' behind the overall operations of the Metro. It runs trains, monitors them, as well as stations, tracks and tunnels. The control room has a viewing gallery, maintenance and support room, police room and, most importantly, a crisis management room. The OCC has three main functions to control the movement of trains, to monitor equipment throughout the network and communicate intelligent information.

Further, evading all questions on the metro launch, BMRCL chief, Sivasailam said, "BMRCL has done everything it should and is now only awaiting the required certification. The oscillation trials have been completed by the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and we are expecting a report in about a week."

The RDSO maintains that it can only complete the report by end of July and replying to this, he said, "If we go by international standards, such reports take about three weeks and we have crossed those three weeks."

RDSO officials, however, told Express that the RDSO certification process usually takes a month's time as the process goes through directorates. "We have our deadlines and we work according to that. Bangalore Metro will be given the certification by Julyend," RDSO, executive director (Admin) A K Mathur said.

First Published: July 7, 2011, 2:33 PM IST
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