K-RIDE set to finalise Rolling Stock contract for Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project soon

MRT Online Desk Posted on: 2024-05-07 15:10:00 Viewer: 1,669 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Bengaluru

K-RIDE set to finalise Rolling Stock contract for Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project soon

Bengaluru, India (Metro Rail Today): As Bengaluru's ambitious suburban rail project, the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project (BSRP), gains momentum, Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprises (K-RIDE) edges closer to selecting the supplier for its modern rolling stock. With the bid finalization date looming on May 27, anticipation brews within the corridors of K-RIDE for this significant milestone.

Sources within K-RIDE have revealed that the crucial step of soliciting financial bids from prospective firms is scheduled post-May 27. This development comes amidst the increasing pace of work on Corridor 2 of the BSRP, slated to kickstart operations by 2026. The impending decision on the rolling stock supplier ensures the project's seamless progression.

The Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project envisions the acquisition of state-of-the-art coaches akin to those utilized by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). Unlike traditional suburban trains, these coaches are expected to boastfully air-conditioned interiors, promising commuters a comfortable and modern travel experience.

The journey towards finalizing the rolling stock supplier began in December of the previous year when K-RIDE issued a request for quotation (RFQ) titled "Selection of Lessor for Design, Manufacture, Supply, Commissioning, Operation, and Maintenance of Rolling Stock for Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project." Among the respondents, three firms—Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL), and CAF from Spain—emerged as technically qualified contenders. These firms have advanced to the subsequent stage, where bids will be evaluated, and the chosen contractor will be announced.

K-RIDE's approach to the procurement, operation, and maintenance of rolling stock revolves around the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. However, adherence to the prevailing model code of conduct has temporarily halted the bidding process.

The comprehensive plan for the 148.17 km BSRP network entails the procurement of 294 coaches, facilitating the deployment of 84 trains across four interconnected corridors traversing the city. Strategically located depots, including major hubs at Devanahalli and Soldevanahalli and tentative minor depots earmarked for Kengeri/Whitefield and Heelalige, have been identified for construction.

In its initial phase, the BSRP will operate along four vital corridors, expanding connectivity to Devanahalli with airport linkage, Baiyyappanahalli to Chikkabanavara, Kengeri to Whitefield, and Heelalige to Rajanukunte. Once operational, the BSRP aims to cater to approximately 9.84 lakh passengers daily, bridging the gap between Bengaluru city and its burgeoning suburbs and satellite townships. While an ambitious proposal for a 452 km network in the second phase was floated by BSRP, it met with rejection from South Western Railway (SWR), citing Indian Railways' (IR) plan to implement a 287 km circular network.

Conclusion: The imminent decision by K-RIDE regarding the supplier of rolling stock for the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project marks a crucial step forward in the realization of this transformative transportation initiative. As Bengaluru gears up for enhanced connectivity between its urban core and peripheral areas, the selection of modern, comfortable rolling stock underscores the commitment to commuter convenience and efficient public transit.


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