Alstom Starts Production of Driverless Trainsets for Chennai Metro Phase II

(L-R) Mr. Rajendran AR, Chief GM RS-CMRL, Mr. Rajesh Chaturvedi, Director Systems & Operations, CMRL, Mr. MA Siddique, IAS, MD CMRL and Mr. Anil Saini, MD RSC, Alstom India

Alstom, a renowned figure in intelligent and eco-friendly transportation, embarks on crafting their exceptional Metropolis trainsets for Chennai Metro Phase II. This endeavor unfolds at their cutting-edge manufacturing hub located in Sricity. The endeavor entails the delivery of 36 metro trainsets, each composed of three cars and boasting a maximum operating speed of 80 kmph.

Alstom is dedicated to fostering a low-carbon future through the advancement and promotion of innovative, sustainable transportation solutions. It offers a comprehensive range of products and services including high-speed trains, metros, trams, and digital mobility solutions. With a global workforce of over 80,000 individuals from 175 different nationalities, the company strategically applies its expertise in design, innovation, and project management to address mobility challenges worldwide.

In the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2023, Alstom reported revenues of €16.5 billion. In India, Alstom stands out as the sole multinational provider of sustainable mobility solutions, boasting a comprehensive portfolio tailored to meet diverse customer needs. Alstom’s presence in India aligns with the nation’s ‘Rail Revolution’, actively supporting initiatives to modernize freight operations and enhance passenger transportation.

Operating six industrial sites and four major engineering centers, Alstom not only meets domestic project requirements but also contributes significantly to international endeavors. By introducing cutting-edge technologies and adhering to the principles of Make-in-India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Alstom is deeply committed to enhancing local sourcing and strengthening the supply chain ecosystem.

These trains, specifically engineered for the 26 km corridor, form part of Phase-II, connecting Poonamallee Bypass to Light House through 28 stations, comprising 18 elevated and 10 underground stations. At a ceremonial event attended by officials from Chennai Metro Rail Ltd and Alstom India, the manufacturing of these trains was inaugurated.

The project, valued at 124 million euros, encompasses not only the production of trains but also the training of Chennai Metro personnel for operational and maintenance purposes. With a power supply of 25 KV to ensure maximum energy efficiency, Alstom’s Metropolis metros are poised to offer safe and dependable transportation for over 11 million residents of the city.

M.A. Siddique, I.A.S., the Managing Director of CMRL, emphasized the pivotal role of Chennai Metro in revolutionizing transportation for citizens, underscoring its contribution to the economy and sustainability. He announced the introduction of driverless trains in Phase-II, emphasizing their safety and comfort features. These advanced trains will be locally manufactured near Chennai by Alstom, slated for operation by the end of 2025.

Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom India, echoed this sentiment, highlighting their longstanding partnership with Chennai Metro and their commitment to enhancing the commuting experience through innovation. The metro system presents impressive features, boasting three-car trains capable of accommodating up to 1000 passengers comfortably. Ensuring smooth boarding experiences, the trains feature spacious internal gangways.

Designed for comfort, the air-conditioned environment includes designated areas for women and differently abled individuals. With a commitment to enhancing female passengers’ travel experiences, the new metro introduces special amenities tailored to their safety and convenience. A whole train car is allocated as a ladies’ section, occupying 2/3rd of its space. Grab handles within this area are easily identifiable with distinct colors and are positioned at a lower height for accessibility.

Perch seats provide support for standing passengers, while CCTV cameras enhance security measures. Safety features such as emergency evacuation doors and strategically placed fire extinguishers are prioritized. The system incorporates obstacle and detrainment detectors for swift issue resolution and emphasizes sustainability with regenerative electric braking for improved energy efficiency.

Equipped with advanced passenger announcement systems, these driverless trains ensure timely updates and information dissemination throughout the journey. Inspired by the elegant hand gestures of Bharatnatyam, an Indian classical dance form, the front exterior mask of these metro trains boasts a distinct and culturally rich design. Paying tribute to Tamil Nadu’s traditional decorative art form, known as ‘Kolam,’ the saloon draught screens feature intricate patterns.

Introducing Perch seats for the first time in India, these trains prioritize passenger comfort and experience. The color scheme draws from the region’s diverse landscape, architecture, heritage, and vibrant communities, reflecting its rich traditions and cultural expressions. Engineered for driverless operation using Unattended Train Operations (UTO), these metro coaches are equipped with Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP) systems, as well as regenerative braking technology, ensuring significant energy conservation.

Incorporating GOA 4 driverless features, these trains offer an eco-friendly and comfortable metro solution for Chennai’s commuters. Alstom has previously delivered 208 metro cars for the first phase and extension of Corridor-I from Airport to Wimco Nagar and Corridor-II from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount. Additionally, the company has successfully completed the design, testing, and commissioning of track-works covering 45 kilometers of Corridors I & II for the Chennai Metro.


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