INDIA: Alstom has delivered the first two Metropolis trainsets built at its Sricity factory in India. Chennai Metro Rail Limited placed a €243m order for 42 four-car trainsets in 2010, with the first nine being built in Alstom’s Lapa plant in Brazil. Delivery is expected by 2015.

The 26 000 m² Sricity factory employs 150 people, and Alstom plans to increase this to 200 in the near future. ‘The new world class Sricity plant plays a vital role in Alstom’s strategy to set up a local industrial footprint in India, enhance proximity to its local customers and serve the expanding Indian infrastructure market’, said Alstom Transport President Henri Poupart-Lafarge.

The stainless steel trainsets are air-conditioned and equipped for regenerative braking. They are powered by overhead catenary and have a maximum speed of 80 km/h. The first train from Lapa was delivered last year has been on test since November.