Mumbai: Alstom commences manufacturing of rolling stock for Metro Line 3

Published: 10 December, 2019 17:40 IST | Rajendra B Aklekar | Mumbai

It is also the first time that any metro train in India will have 75 percent motorization, enabling quick acceleration and deceleration thereby bringing about greater efficiency in operations

Alain Spohr as Managing Director for India & South Asia
Alain Spohr as Managing Director for India & South Asia

Mumbai's first underground Metro Line 3 will soon start getting its trains as manufacturer Alstom on Tuesday announced that it has begun production of the trains for the line. Alstom, a leader in sustainable and smart mobility, today commenced the manufacturing of metro trainsets for Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) at its factory in SriCity, Andhra Pradesh. The ceremony was preceded by Alain Spohr, MD, Alstom India & South Asia. The first metro train after testing will be delivered by November 2020.

Alstom's overall contract with MMRC for Line 3 is worth 452 European million. The order includes manufacturing of 31 lightweight, fully-furnished modern metro trains of 8 cars each. Along with rolling stock, Alstom will also execute the power supply contract and equip Line 3 with Urbalis 400, its latest generation of CBTC signalling technology. The scope of the signalling contract includes unattended train operation (UTO), computer-based interlocking and centralised train supervision; an integrated telecom solution comprising of CCTV, passenger information, passenger announcement, and Gigabit network; platform screen door, as well as the electrical and mechanical supervisory control and data acquisition system (E&M SCADA).

Speaking on the occasion, Alain Spohr, Managing Director of Alstom India and South Asia said, "This will be the new face of transportation for the commercial capital of India. Mumbai is a global city and it is set to get a world-class metro experience. The trainsets are custom-designed for Mumbai. Themed on Dynamic Fluidism that takes inspiration from the city, the train prioritises high interior density layout to maximise space efficiency. The trainsets will be able to at least 3000 people on a single trip, easing the daily commute for Mumbaikars."

Key figures

  • 452 million euros worth of order from Mumbai Metro Line3
  • 248 Metro cars to be delivered for Aqua Line, Mumbai
  • 33.5 kms is the total length of Aqua Line
  • 27 stations (26 underground & 1 at-grade)

He further added, "As announced earlier, we are on track to double our manufacturing capacity at SriCity - from 240 to 480 trainsets per annum. The factory is currently executing orders for Chennai Metro, Montreal Metro (Reseau Express Metropolitain) and Mumbai Metro Line 3. Alstom recently won a contract with Sydney's NRT to supply the rolling stock and signalling system for the next stage of Sydney Metro. 23 six-car fully-automated Metropolis trains for the project will be manufactured at our SriCity facility."

The Aqua Line trainsets will feature a host of safety elements including CCTV cameras, smoke detectors, emergency intercoms, fire extinguishers with wider detrainment doors to quickly evacuate passengers in case of an emergency. The inclusive design of trainsets will serve to the differently-abled individuals with ease of travel and includes dedicated space for a wheelchair in every car. The overall exterior and interiors of the trainset are inspired by the undying energy of Mumbai and its people who are always on the move and hustle all day long.

Alstom will also loo after the train's maintenance and operations staff for the project. It is also the first time that any metro train in India will have 75 percent motorization, enabling quick acceleration and deceleration thereby bringing about greater efficiency in operations. The trains will also be equipped with a regenerative braking system aiding a significant reduction in carbon emissions. In addition to the above features, it is the first UTO (Unattended Train Operation) project in Mumbai.

Leading the way to a greener and smarter mobility worldwide, Alstom develops and markets integrated systems that provide sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom offers a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, trams, and e-buses to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling, and digital mobility solutions. Alstom recorded sales of 8.1 billion euros and booked orders of 12.1 billion euros in the 2018/19 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 36,300 people.

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