Despite not having technically qualified for Lucknow Metro’s Rolling Stock Stock project (See: Lucknow Metro’s Rolling Stock to be Selected Soon ; Two Consortiums Shortlisted), Bombardier’s Indian unit is quite optimistic about opportunities in India due to the recent thrust given to urban metros, railways and high speed trains by the central and state governments.
Harsh Dhingra, Bombardier Transportation’s India chief, in a recent interview to a media outlet stated “The number of projects is immense but the segments identified for investment that Bombardier will follow most keenly under Indian Railways are rolling stock such as locomotives, EMUs, inter-city or commuter trains, plus semi high-speed and high-speed rail, maintenance and advanced signalling systems.“
For existing cities and upcoming smart cities, Bombardier Transportation is currently evaluating solutions for different types of transit systems such as light rail, monorail and metro rail. They are actively pursuing and building their case for the rolling stock tenders that will soon be called for Bangalore Metro’s Phase 2, Ahmedabad’s Metro project, Nagpur’s Metro project and Mumbai Metro’s line 3.
Bombardier has so far invested roughly $100 million in the last two decades in India and employs about 1,100 people at various locations (see entire list here):
• Savli, Gujarat – Rail Vehicles Production Site – Also caters to export market of Australia & the Middle East
• Vadodara – Propulsion and Controls Production/Engineering Site
• Gurgaon – Engineering Centre for Rail Control Solutions
• Bangalore – India Engineering Centre
For more updates on India’s metro projects, check out the Home Page of the TMRG!