INDIA: Project promoter Mumbai Metro Rail Corp awarded the rolling stock contract for Line 3 to a consortium of Alstom Transport India and Alstom Transport on July 19.

Alstom is to supply 31 eight-car driverless trainsets, all of which are to be assembled in India. The stainless steel-bodied trains with a design life of 35 years will be 180 m long and 3 200 mm wide, with capacity for 300 seated and 2 350 standing passengers (at 6/m2). They will consist of six motor cars and two trailers, with each car having four doors per side. The trains will be equipped with digital route maps, LED lighting and CCTV.

Alstom beat five other bidders for the contract, which has been approved by Japan International Cooperation Agency: Hitachi; CAF; Mitsubishi Corp; a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and BHEL; and consortium of CRRC Nanjing; CRRC Changchun and CRRC International Corp.

Earlier this year a consortium of Alstom Transport India and Alstom Transport won the contract to electrify Line 3 with a 25 kV 50 Hz rigid overhead contact system. It will also supply auxiliary substations; Larsen & Toubro won the power supply contract.

Civil works on the 33·5 km north-south Line 3, which will link Colaba with SEEPZ via Bandra, have been underway since 2016.