INDIA: Work on Phase IB of the Jaipur metro started on October 1. The short extension from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar will include 1·4 km of bored tunnel and 400 m of cut-and-cover tunnel. The Indian office of Taiwanese company Continental Engineering Corp is to undertake this work, as well as design and construction of two underground stations, under a Rs5·07bn, 36-month contract.

This follows the start of test running on a 2·4 km section of Phase IA between Mansarovar and Shyam Nagar. Full service on the Mansarovar – Chandpole section of the Green Line is expected to begin in late 2013 or early 2014.

The standard gauge line electrified at 25 kV will have a fleet of 10 four-car trainsets supplied by BEML under a Rs3·18bn contract awarded in 2011.