China’s CRRC Corporation Ltd has won the Rs 850 crore contract to manufacture 216 coaches for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), Metro’s Phase 2 project, The Times Of India reported.
The state owned CRRC is the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment with the most complete product lines and leading technologies. With close to USD 103 billion revenues, CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC) has 46 wholly-owned & majority-owned subsidiaries and over 180,000 employees
Sri City, in Andhra Pradesh, has been chosen to manufacture the metro coaches and will start delivery by the third quarter of 2021.
BMRCL managing director, Ajay Seth, was quoted in a report saying, “They have committed to manufacture 34 (204 coaches) out of 36 (216 coaches) train sets in India. The awarded cost is almost Rs 235 crore less than that of L2 (second-lowest tender) cost.”
The delivery of the coaches will begin in the third quarter of 2021.
Out of the 216 coaches, 126 coaches or 21 six-car trains will operate on the purple and green lines. The rest of the 90 coaches or 15 six-car trains will operate on the yellow line.
BMRCL has also set new deadlines for completion of the upcoming lines: Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura Township in August 2020, Mysuru Road-Kengeri in October 2020, Byappanahalli-Whitefield in August 2021 and Nagasandra-BIEC in January 2022.
The work on the much needed standalone line in RV Road-Bommasandra in the burgeoning suburb of South Bangalore will be ready by November 2021.
This area falls in the industrial areas in Anekal Taluk, with others being Attibele and Chandapura. The Gottigere-Nagawara line is expected to be ready by June 2024, respectively.
It must be noted that CRRC had also supplied rolling stock to Metro systems in Mumbai, Gurgaon, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Noida and Nagpur.