Alstom Starts Production of the Latest Generation Trainsets for DMRC Phase IV

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Alstom and DMRC dignitaries at the start of RS production event at Alstom Sricity

Alstom has initiated the manufacturing process of its state-of-the-art Metropolis trainsets for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Phase IV project. The contract, awarded in November 2022, entails the production of 52 train sets, each comprising six cars.

Alstom is dedicated to advancing a greener future by creating and advancing sustainable transportation solutions that provide enjoyable journeys for people. Its wide range of offerings includes high-speed trains, metros, monorails, trams, turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signalling, and digital mobility solutions, making it the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio for diverse customers.

With a global presence spanning 63 countries and a workforce of over 80,000 individuals representing 175 nationalities, Alstom focuses its expertise on design, innovation, and project management where mobility solutions are most needed. As a listed company in France, Alstom achieved revenues of €16.5 billion for the fiscal year ending on 31 March 2023.

These trains are intended to serve three distinct lines of the DMRC, including extensions to existing Line 7 and Line 8, as well as the new Gold Line 10, which will link Aerocity to Tughlakabad, covering a total distance of 64.67 kilometers. The production kick-off was marked by a ceremonial event attended by key figures from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Alstom India.

Dr Vikas Kumar, Managing Director of DMRC, expressed his thoughts on this significant achievement, stating that the Delhi metro is essential for the city’s transportation, and the new routes will significantly improve connectivity in the capital. He expressed his satisfaction with Alstom beginning the production of metro trains for the fourth phase of expansion, expressing confidence that these modern trains will provide passengers with a seamless and comfortable travel experience.

Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom India, expressed pride in the company’s enduring partnership with the Delhi Metro. He emphasized their delight in contributing to the growth and expansion of India’s largest metro network. Highlighting the Metropolis metros’ impressive track record, cost-effectiveness over their lifecycle, and strong emphasis on passenger comfort, he expressed gratitude for the opportunity to manufacture these advanced trains for commuters in the Delhi NCR region.

This effort further supports the shift towards sustainable mass transit solutions. The project’s total worth amounts to 312 million euros, covering the maintenance of 13 trainsets for the new line over 15 years. This comprehensive approach marks a significant shift for India’s metro sector, as it marks the first instance of Delhi Metro outsourcing maintenance to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

The Line 8 extension will stretch the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, while the Line 7 extension will link the Pink Line from Maujpur to Mukundpur, enhancing DMRC’s connectivity. Alstom has also secured the contract to supply and commission the train-control and signalling solution for Delhi MRTS Phase-IV Mukundpur – Maujpur (Line 7 ext.) and Aerocity – Tughlakabad Corridor (Line 10).

These lines will feature Alstom’s adaptable Communications-Based Train Control solutions (CBTC), which will work alongside its Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) system. The Metropolis trains boast a distinctive design, offering a plethora of configurations and guaranteeing top-notch performance by blending dependable, established components with cutting-edge innovations.

These trains represent the pinnacle of modern green transportation, engineered for a secure top speed of 95 kmph and an operational speed of 85 kmph, featuring GOA 4 driverless capabilities. This makes them an eco-conscious and comfortable metro choice for commuters in New Delhi. Taking inspiration from the tricolors of India’s national flag, the door pillar in the saloon interior of the trains will be painted in a combination of saffron, white, and green.

It will introduce a metallic gold paint for the front of Line 10’s train, marking the first instance of this color being used for a metro project in India. These Metropolis trains have been entirely designed in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative and will be manufactured at the Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh. Alstom’s Sri City facility is its largest Urban Rolling Stock manufacturing site in India, with a strong track record of delivering for major domestic and international projects.

Throughout the years, it has delivered more than 800 metro cars, which are currently operational across the expansive Delhi Metro system, recognized as one of Asia’s most extensive rapid transit networks. Alstom’s collaboration with DMRC extends beyond metro cars to encompass various projects, such as the successful provision and commissioning of train control and signaling systems for DMRC’s Red Line (L1), Yellow Line (L2), Green Line (L5), Violet Line (L6), and Pink Line (L7) during Phases I, II, and III.

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