Keeping an eye on the under construction 9.41 km Ghaziabad extension of the Red Line and upcoming deliveries of 258 new coaches, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has interestingly decided to rebalance its rolling stock and transfer 98 coaches from the Yellow Line to the Red Line between April 2017 and February 2018. In order to achieve this, the DMRC late-last month invited bids from transportation companies for safely moving the coaches from the Khyber Pass Depot to the Shastri Park Depot on top of trailers.
Notice Inviting Tenders
Transportation of 98 Broad Gauge Metro Coaches from DMRC Khyber Pass Depot, Delhi to DMRC Shastri Park Depot, Delhi along with Loading & Unloading arrangement, movement related permissions from concerned authorities, supervision, crane, trailer, tools, insurance etc. – link to notice
The DMRC has estimated this contract to cost Rs 1.98 crores. The last date for submitting bidding documents is 11am on December 23, 2016 after which the bids will be opened & evaluated at 11:30am. As per the tender notice, the DMRC will periodically issue transfer notices to the selected transportation company and offer a minimum of 4 coaches at a time. The company will then have to move the coaches within 10 days of receiving that notice.
Take an excellent tour inside the Delhi Metro’s OCC Centre at the Shastri Park Depot and stabling shed at the Khyber Pass Depot here: How Delhi Metro Manages to be a Model of Efficiency Every Day.
The door-to-door distance between both depots is barely 8 kms, so the transfer process itself shouldn’t be a big deal. What I’m interested to now find out is what DMRC’s operating game plan is. The Red Line currently has 19 trains of 4-coaches & 10 trains of 6-coaches, and the DMRC previously announced plans to add another 38 new coaches to convert the 4-coach trains into 6-coach trains. Now, with 98 additional coaches about to be sent to the Red Line, would the DMRC operate a few 8-coach trains? Is the plan to add 38 coaches to the Red Line still intact? Or will they use 38/98 coaches from the Yellow Line to convert the remaining Red Line trains into 6-coaches and use the rest 60 coaches to run 10 additional trains of 6-coaches for a grand total of 39 trains of 6-coaches? For answers, we’ll have to wait to find out.
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