India: 156 Alstom Movia Metro Cars Ordered for Bhopal-Indore Metros

Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation has ordered 156 Movia metro cars from Alstom for India’s Bhopal and Indore metro projects.

The light-weight trains, which operate at a top speed of 80 kilometres an hour, will be built at Alstom’s facility in Savli, Gujarat.

Alstom Movia Train at Savli site
Alstom Movia Train at Savli site

This contract commits Alstom to designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing, testing and commissioning 52 three-car standard gauge passenger trainsets.

These will be split between the Bhopal (27) and Indore (25) metro projects.

Benefiting 5.7m travellers across the two cities, the Bhopal line is 31 kilometres long with 30 stations, while the Indore line is 31.5 kilometres in length and has 29 stations.

Also included is 15 years of comprehensive maintenance.

As part of this agreement, valued at 387 million EUR (394.08m USD), Alstom will also install the latest generation of communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system and train control and telecommunication systems.

Seven years of maintenance will also be provided for these systems.

This is the second such combined order in India for Alstom, following an order for 201 metro cars for the Kanpur and Agra metros back in 2020.

Olivier Loison, Managing Director, Alstom India, said:

“We’re delighted to be awarded this significant contract and this collaboration will lay a strong foundation for an efficient and sustainable mass transport system for the cities of Bhopal and Indore.

“As India moves towards its vision of using green and clean energy for public mobility, Alstom takes pride in being its long-standing partner in this journey and help write the country’s growth story.

“Following the Agra-Kanpur metro project, winning this contract is a strong validation of our commitment to deliver mobility solutions that meet the specific requirements of our customers.”

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