Alstom has been awarded a contract worth around €315 million to supply 248 metro cars for Mumbai Metro Line 3 by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL). The Mumbai Metro Line 3 is a 33.5-km long underground stretch connecting the busiest and congested regions in Mumbai – one of the fastest growing cities in India. The metro line will connect Cuffe Parade business district in the extreme south of the city to SEEPZ in the north-central with 26 underground and one street-level station. Line 3 will be the first underground metro line in Mumbai and will be one of the biggest underground continuous stretches in India.
This contract is the biggest rolling stock contract for Alstom in India in the urban sector and envisages design, delivery and commissioning of 31 lightweight, fully-furnished modern passenger train sets of 8 cars each. Alstom will be responsible for training of operating and maintenance staff for Mumbai Metro Line-3 system as well. It is also the first time that the metro cars will have 75% motorization, as stipulated in the MoUD guidelines, enabling quick acceleration and deceleration thereby bringing about greater efficiency in operations. The trains will be also equipped with regenerative braking system aiding significant reduction in carbon emissions. In addition to the above features, it will be also the first UTO (Unattended Train Operation) project in Mumbai and second in India after Delhi Line L7/8.
While the complete designing and development of the metro cars will be undertaken out of Alstom’s Bangalore (India) engineering centre in close collaboration with France, the 248 metro cars will be manufactured from its state-of-the-art rolling stock manufacturing unit at Sri City near Chennai (India).
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