Chinese rake to join Kolkata Metro fleet soon: Official

Kolkata Metro is planning to rollout a Chinese rake, trials of which are currently being conducted, an official said on Friday, insisting that the move is aimed at phasing out its old fleet.

Five new rakes made by the Integral Coach Factory, Perumbur, were made operational last year by the Metro Railway -- which on an average runs 22 to 24 trains daily on the 27.2 -km-long Noapara-Kavi Subhash route -- she said.

"In all, the Kolkata Metro had ordered 40 air- conditioned rakes from different manufacturers to augment its services. While 16 are from ICF, 14 are from China's CNR Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co and the rest from CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Company, also in China," the official said.

Delivery from Chinese manufacturer Dalian has begun, with the first one arriving late last year.

"A team of experts from Dalian is working with engineers from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and the Metro Railway here for smooth integration of the new rake into the system," the official explained.

Trial runs are being conducted two to three days every week, after commercial services end at night, she said.