Delhi Metro Starts Adding 258 New Coaches Across 3 Lines

After taking delivery of the first new Bombardier MOVIA coach last month, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation yesterday started the process of rolling out 258 new coaches to add new trains and convert existing 4-coach and 6-coach trains into 6-coach and 8-coach trains across the Red, Yellow and Blue lines. Deals for procuring coaches for this initiative were signed in mid-2015 with Bombardier for 162 coaches under contract RS-11 and with BEML for 96 coaches under contract RS-13.

Yesterday, the first two coaches from Bombardier were pressed into service on the Blue Line with the conversion of a 6-coach train into an 8-coach one. The DMRC also inducted a brand new 8-coach train at the Blue Line’s Yamuna Bank Depot (see images below) and will soon add it to the network after conducting non-regression and dynamic trials at the depot’s test line.

According to the DMRC’s press release, the 258 new coaches will be utilized as per the following plan:

• 14 new eight coach trains will be added on the Yellow Line
• 03 new eight coach trains will be added on the Blue Line
• 10 coaches will be used for converting 6 coach trains into 8 coaches on the Yellow Line
• 74 coaches will be used for converting 6 coach trains into 8 coaches on the Blue Line
• 38 coaches will be used for converting 4 coach trains into 6 coaches on the Red Line

The Delhi Metro currently operates with a fleet of 227 train sets comprising of 128 six coach, 58 eight coach and 41 four coach trains across all its corridors. A total of 71 trains operate on the Blue Line, 60 trains run on the Yellow Line and 29 trains operate on the Red Line. These three lines together carry over 20 lakh passengers every day.

Images of the first new 8-coach train inducted into the fleet:

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DMRC’s Rolling Stock Director & MD – Photo Copyright: Hindustan Times

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Deliveries from BEML for 96 coaches are expected to start in the next 2-3 months for deployment on the Blue and Red lines and I expect the DMRC to deploy all 258 coaches by mid-2018.

For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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18 Responses to "Delhi Metro Starts Adding 258 New Coaches Across 3 Lines"

  1. Sanjay Kohli says:

    What about contract RS-12 coaches? Have they been delivered or in progress?

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  2. Ehtesham Khursheed says:

    Sir wt abt noida sec 62 line……what is the deadline for this line

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  3. Aby says:

    Pls update about magenta line in detail.
    Bro

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    • TMRG says:

      Signalling tests between Kalkaji – Kalindi Kunj began on September 20. Soon they’ll extend trials to Botanical Garden. The stations in Noida are running a little behind schedule, so I expect the Kalkaji-BG section to open in the summer, and not by Feb as recently published in the media.

      Look out for new station images on my Twitter handle.

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  4. Siddhant Kumar says:

    How much time Will it take to complete the construction of the new houses in trilokpuri rehabilitation after which viaduct will be built on. And block 15 houses will be demolished.

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  5. RAKESH SHARMA says:

    any update about magenta line ?

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    • TMRG says:

      Signalling tests between Kalkaji – Kalindi Kunj began on September 20. Soon they’ll extend trials to Botanical Garden. The stations in Noida are running a little behind schedule, so I expect the Kalkaji-BG section to open in the summer, and not by Feb as recently published in the media.

      Look out for new station images on my Twitter handle.

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  6. Prateek Chakraborty says:

    Hi, TMRG! Good to see you refreshed once again! Thanks for the update. However, I have some doubts to clear. I am really unhappy and surprised both that the DMRC has not completed the entire Phase 3 works. Had they finished these works last year, zooming in and around Delhi would have been so smooth. With Phase 4 having a deadline of 2020-21, will this couple of month’s delay will hamper the preparation of the last phase’s works?

    And secondly, another issue I want to raise is about the swell of commuters using the Delhi Metro. All the six lines, including the Airport Line have seen huge crowds over the years. I always read in the paper that DMRC will order coaches for Yellow and Blue Lines. Recently, even the Violet Line, which wasn’t even mentioned earlier, now have all trains having six coaches.

    Why is that always the Green Line neglected? That is also a part of the DMRC Line. I find no mention of this Line in newspapers or anywhere. Every mornings or evenings, it is so damn crowded that people hardly find even one feet to stand in peace. They even push and jostle to get some place to stand. I have never seen any six coach train coming during the peak hours and always one or two comes in the off-peak hours, when the train is almost empty, with lots of seats vacant. Tell me, when will the DMRC end this injustice to Green Line users like me?

    And the same thing goes for the Red Line. The last two years, ever since they inducted six coaches, things have gone worse as well. Though the long platforms have provisions for eight coaches, why the DMRC has not added eight coaches? Again, it is so crowded to enter a four coach or a six coach train especially during the late morning or late evening hours. When will Mangu Singh and his men listen to us and upgrade the coaches double the time for both Green and Red Lines? Any thoughts about it? Thanks!

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, good to hear from you. Phase 4’s financing is being worked out right now, and the DMRC is waiting for the Delhi Govt to approve the contribution & loan plan. Work can start while Phase 3’s construction is going on, but looking at the current scene, with a bulk of Phase 3 yet to open, I don’t think they (the civil works department) would like to switch focus so soon. Phase 4 will be a little late to kick-off, but I think that’s OK as they’ve picked a lot more in Phase 3 than what they originally planned for.

      I feel your pain; hang in there. There’s a new plan to procure 916 new coaches in addition to the ones above and the 504 being procured for the Magenta/Pink lines. I’m not sure where they’ll be deployed, but there’s a good chance some of them will be deployed on the Green and Red lines.

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  7. Aditya says:

    I agree wid u prateek..DMRC seems to have forgotten green line. Not just the crowd the frequency of trains is also bad..they will have to add new trains to this line once the bahadurgarh section opens. Also the red line can have 8 coach train but there is not a single one. Even these new coaches will convert 4 coach trains into six. I think atleast two 8 coach train should be added to red line.

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  8. Sunil Sethi says:

    Any latest update on when the South Extension station will open?

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  9. neels says:

    Someon told me these 916 coaches till 2022! Sorry to say but it seems Delhi metro bosses have already culturally transformed its staff to ‘I am Govt employee and I dont care’ mindset as well as treat your customers as donkeys-they dont have choice where wil they go! check the recharge machines they are mostly not in service. Finally they will declare people are not using machines so we need private contractors staff. Money for their salary will come from our tickets and then they will ask for higher ticket prices. Why private staff for ticket collection it a huge cost.I don’t often take tickets but I was returned a rupee less in the garb of no change and I am sure this must have happened with many more pls do a poll on this. Delhi sure has among the maximum no of gullible travellers just landed from villages! He wont say a word if they end up being charged a bit more.A rupee extra doesn’t harm! Pun intended. What happened to security video leaks?Any FIR against those security ppl who distributed coupl kissing videos…. Metro guy we trusted Delhi Metro but they are taking the masses for granted.I feel so sad when they make old people living on savings travel in super crowded trains, not provide them easy access to washrooms or enough benches to sit.Get into activist mode before they make it another indian railways of metro system!Atleast I am fast loosing trust and patience, seems its soon going to be activism for many of us if they don’t mend their ways sooner than later. Whats your opinion cause I am sure readers will push you to become a metro activist from just the metro guy! Lets warn them first, who knows they may push their political bosses to act rather than make passengers push each other!

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