Alstom Wins Contract for 248 Cars for Mumbai Metro
Alstom Transport has won the contract to supply 248 metro cars to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL). The cars will provide services on the planned Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro, which will connect the busiest regions of Mumbai. The contract is worth approximately 315 million euros for Alstom.
This order is the largest contract for rolling stock which Alstom has won in the urban sector of India’s rail industry. The manufacturer will design, manufacture and deliver 31 lightweight, fully-furnished 8-car passenger trainsets for Line 3. Alstom will also train all of the operations and maintenance staff for the line. The company won the contract to supply power and telecommunications system for the line earlier in 2018.
The metro cars will incorporate 75% motorisation, in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the Indian government. The motorisation will improve the efficiency of the trains by facilitating the quick acceleration and deceleration of the cars. The trains will be also equipped with regenerative braking systems to reduce carbon emissions.
The cars will be designed at Alstom’s engineering centre in Bangalore, India, and manufactured at the company’s rolling stock manufacturing unit at Sri City in Chennai, India.
Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom India and South Asia, said:
“We are delighted to be the partner of choice for the prestigious Mumbai Metro Line 3 project. By providing reliable, advanced and competitive transportation solutions, we are committed to support our customer in easing Mumbai’s transport challenges. With the project stipulating 75% manufacturing in India, this contract has further reinforced our commitment to invest, grow and Make in India.”
Mumbai Metro – Line 3
Mumbai Metropolitan Region is one of the fastest-growing centres in India and Line 3 will relieve the congested surface transport network. The line will connect Cuffe Parade business district in the extreme south of the city to the Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) in the north-central area. The line will include 26 underground and one street-level station. It will be the first underground metro line in Mumbai and one of the largest continuous underground lines in India. Line 3 will be the first Unattended Train Operation (UTO) project in Mumbai and the second in India after Delhi lines 7 and 8.
Alstom in India
In addition to this contract Alstom is delivering several other metro projects in cities across India, including Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow. The company is manufacturing rolling stock for these projects at its facility in Sri City. Alstom is also designing signalling and power-supply systems for a section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, which is funded by the World Bank.
The company has recently completed phase 1 of the construction of a new electric-locomotive factory in Bihar. A depot in Saharanpur was also opened not long ago.