INDIA: BEML has been selected to supply 63 six-car driverless trainsets to operate on Mumbai metro lines 2A, 2B and 7, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs announced on November 22.

The state-owned company’s bid of Rs30·15bn was the lowest, beating bids from Alstom, Bombardier, a consortium of Titagarh Wagons and TitagarhFirema, Hyundai Rotem, CRRC, and CAF. BEML is to subcontract some design work to Hitachi.

BEML is to supply the stainless steel bodied rolling stock from its Bangalore factory between October 2020 and December 2022. The 25 kV AC trains will be equipped with air-conditioning, regenerative braking, CCTV and real-time track monitoring equipment. They will have four sets of doors per car and capacity for 1 800 passengers.

The Asian Development Bank is financing the metro projects. Line 2A will run 18·5 km south from Dahisar to DN Nagar with 17 stations. Line 2B will run from DN Nagar to Mankhurd via Bandra. Line 7 will link Dahisar East with Andheri East on a 16·5 km alignment with 16 stations.