Alstom Chennai metro

The Metropolis metro cars for the Delhi Phase IV expansion will be similar to those ordered for use on the Chennai Metro.

INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €312m contract to design, manufacture and commission 312 cars as part of the network’s Phase IV expansion programme.

To be assembled at the supplier’s Sricity factory in Andhra Pradesh, the 1 435 mm gauge Metropolis trainsets will be equipped for 25 kV 50 Hz operation. The deal will take the Delhi Metro fleet to around 2 600 vehicles, of which Alstom has supplied more than 800.

DMRC intends to deploy 234 of the new vehicles on its orbital lines 7 (Pink) and 8 (Magenta). Line 7 is currently being extended by 12·6 km from Mukundpur to Maujpur, and Line 8 is being extended by 29 km from Janakpuri West to RK Ashram.

Both routes are equipped for fully-automated operation; Line 7 uses Bombardier’s Cityflo 650 CBTC and Line 8 is fitted with SPARCS technology from Nippon Signal. The existing six-car trains for the two lines were supplied by Hyundai Rotem and BEML.

The remaining 78 cars will be allocated to the 23·6 km Line 11 (Silver), which is currently under construction between Aerocity and Tughlakabad. The contract also includes 15 years of maintenance for these vehicles.

‘Delhi’s National Capital Region is amongst the largest urban clusters in the world’, said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom’s India Cluster. ‘Faced with the realities of climate change, such megacities need reliable and sustainable public transport.’