Kanpur metro train under construction (Photo: Alstom)

INDIA: Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a contract to supply and maintain trainsets, communications-based train control and telecoms for the Bhopal and Indore metro projects.

The €387m order announced on July 7 covers the supply of a total of 52 three-car Movia metro trains and the provision of 15 years of maintenance, as well as installation of the CBTC and telecoms systems and seven years of maintenance.

Of the 52 trainsets, 27 are for the 31 km two-line metro with 29 stations which is under construction in Bhopal, and 25 are for the 31·5 km Yellow Line with 29 stations which is being built Indore.

The 1 435 mm gauge trainsets with a maximum speed of 80 km/h to be produced at Alstom’s Savli plant in Gujarat. The manufacturer said they would have ‘light but strong’ stainless steel bodies, air-conditioning, regenerative braking and ‘a strong emphasis on eco-friendly design to eliminate hazardous substances providing a safer environment for passengers.’

This is Alstom’s second combined order for Indian metro trains, after a contract covering the Agra and Kanpur projects.

‘Winning this contract is a strong validation of our commitment to deliver mobility solutions that meet the specific requirements of our customers’, said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom India. The company is currently manufacturing metro trains for Agra, Kanpur and Mumbai Line 3 as well as EMUs for the Delhi – Meerut RRTS commuter rail project.