Bengaluru, India (Metro Rail Today): The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) issued a tender notice for procurement of 318 metro coaches (Rolling Stock) for the under construction Phase 2, 2A & 2B of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project.
The scope of work includes Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 318 nos. of Standard Gauge Metro Cars and training of personnel including comprehensive maintenance up to fifteen (15) years under Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase-2, 2A and 2B.
For the first time, the BMRCL has also imposed a new clause of maintenance of coaches. The manufacturer/supplier has to maintain the metro train coaches for a period of 15 years under the defect liability period.
According to the tender notice, 16 trainsets (96 coaches) will be used for services on the Kalena Agrahara to Nagawara line, which has an underground stretch of 14 km from Dairy Circle and Nagawara, 16 trainsets (96 coaches) for ORR Metro Line from CSB Junction to KR Puram, and rest of the 21 trainsets (126 coaches) will be used for Airport Line Extension from KR Puram to Kempegowda International Airport Terminal (Phase 2B). The total length of the corridor is 55 km and are are expected to be operational by 2024-25.
“We have taken a cue from the Delhi Metro. Currently, a lot of resources are being spent on maintenance of the coaches that include periodical repair works, spare parts, and others. To save money in the long run, other metros too have started imposing this condition while procuring coaches,“ said Anjum Parvez, Managing Director, BMRCL, The Hindu reported.
“These can be operated without drivers. The advanced signaling systems help to reduce the headway by 2 minutes. At present, we are running trains for not less than five minutes. The train will have advanced systems that also check the health of the track and obstructions. For the trains that will be operated to the airport, during the design stage, we will plan on providing luggage space for the air passengers and other amenities,” he said.
On the status of the procurement of the metro coaches from China’s China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation which was contracted for supplying 216 coaches to the BMRCL, Parwez said, “The CRRC has entered into an MoU with an Indian company to manufacture the coaches. We are expecting to receive these new coaches at the beginning of next year.” These coaches will be operated on R.V. Road – Bommasandra line.
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