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Adding another feather to its cap, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) is getting ready to extend its operations further up to Thykoodam.
Presently the metro runs between Aluva and Maharaja’s College covering about 19 km. The experts are carrying out an inspection of the cantilever bridge built over the railway lines in Ernakulam Junction.
This is the most difficult and crucial section in the new reach where construction of the bridge took about three years at a cost of Rs 58 crore.
During the trial run, the train moved at a speed of 5 km per hour. Two trains carrying sand-filled bags were stationed midway on the cantilever bridge as part of testing its load-bearing capacity.
Though Metros in other cities have balanced cantilever bridges, they are straight whereas the one in Kochi is curvy.
The trial run would continue too and fro from Maharaja’s College to Thykoodam in the coming days.
The next crucial section is an inspection at the Vytilla road overbridge were the girders are built at a very high level.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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