इंडियन आवाज़     05 Dec 2023 12:05:59      انڈین آواز

Metro Rail fast expanding in the country

 The tenders for coaches, signaling and telecom etc. are normally global tenders and  Tenders are awarded to lowest eligible bidder which might not be an Indian company.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd. have reported that they had imported 40 coaches for Delhi MRTS Phase II.  Metro coaches, for DMRC Phase II project, are now not being imported and are being supplied from plants within India.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) have reported that they have entered into a contract with BRMM Consortium consisting of M/s Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML), India, M/s Hyundai Rotem, South Korea, M/s Mitshubishi Electric Company, Japan and M/s Mitshubishi Corporation, Japan with M/s BEML as the Consortium leader and M/s Hyundai Rotem as the Technical leader, for coaches.  Out of the total supply of 150 coaches for Bangalore Metro Phase I, 15 coaches are manufactured at M/s Hyundai Rotem Works in South Africa and the rest are being assembled/manufactured at M/s BEML.

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) have reported that they have  awarded contracts for various equipments except lifts and air-conditioning of underground stations to Consortia of international company with Indian firms.     Thus,  part  quantity  of the coaches and critical equipments for signaling, telecom, platform screen doors, tracks, automatic fare collection, overhead equipments and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) are being imported by these contractors.  As far as rolling stock is concerned, CMRL’s contractor has planned to import only nine trains and the rest is proposed to be manufactured in India.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) have reported that Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd. (MMOPL), the Concessionaire, has planned to import 64 coaches for Line-1, Rails, Telecom, Automatic Fare Collection (AFC), etc.

He further informed that since Metro coaches involve State-of-the art technology, electrical and electronic part, setting up of a Centre of Excellence  for research and development is envisaged.

The details of coaches imported by various Metro Rail authorities during the last three years and the amount incurred thereon, as reported, are as under :-

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