Mumbai, – With the prospect of riding the Metro drawing close, the construction work of Metro is gaining momentum. The work of erecting the OHE masts (overhead electrification systems) on viaduct has commenced in a big way and 135 out of the 750 masts (poles) required for the overhead wiring have already been erected. The height of each mast – weighing about 550 kg – varies from 6 to 8 Meters depending on the designs.
“Power supply and electrification for a project like Metro Rail is probably it’s most critical part. The power required to run the trains is supplied at 25,000 volts through overhead electrification system. In short, this system provides life to Metro Rail. We are working hard to complete the task as early as possible on a stretch where Metro tests could be conducted this year”, said Mr. Dilip Kawathkar, Joint Project Director (PR), MMRDA.
Commenting on the development, Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd. spokesperson said, “We have designed the entire system to the highest standard of safety following the most stringent standards and design codes”.
These masts are erected during the early hours from 1.00 am to 5.00 am. The distance between the two poles, on an average, is 30 meters.