Bangalore-based BEML Ltd. yesterday announced that it had won a Rs 1,421-crore contract from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) for supplying 150 intermediate metro coaches. These coaches will be used to convert the existing 3-coach 50 train fleet into 6-coach formations to provide more capacity & convenience to commuters on the Purple and Green lines on which roughly 30 trains are currently being operated.
The BMRCL had invited bids for this contract in October 2016 after the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) approved its funding, and the award of this contract to BEML shouldn’t really come as a surprise as the new coaches have to be compatible with the existing 150 coaches which were supplied by the BRMM consortium led by BEML between October 2010 – May 2014. Due to those technical compatibility reasons, BEML was also the only bidder for the contract.
Press Release by BEML:
BEML Limited, a Public Sector Mini Ratna Category-I Company under the Ministry of Defence and the premier manufacturer of Metro Cars, has bagged a prestigious order of Rs. 1421 Crore from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation for supply of 150 sets of Intermediate Metro Cars to augment the existing 3 Car Trains supplied by BEML to 6 Car trains.
An agreement to this effect was signed. Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director, BMRCL and Shri Deepak Kumar Hota, Chariman and Managing Director, BEML have exchanged Contract Agreements. Shri Aniruddh Kumar, Director, Rail & Metro Business of BEML was also present on the occassion. The supply of Intermediate Metro Cars to BMRCL shall commence from July 2018 and to be completed by December 2019. – link to press release
• Current 3-coach train composition: DMC-TC-DMC
• Future 6-coach train composition: DMC-TC-MC + MC-TC-DMC
For reference, DMC = Driving Motor Car ; MC = Motor Car ; TC = Trailer Car
As per the BMRCL’s notice inviting tenders – of the 150 new coaches, 63 will be supplied to the Purple Line (Challegata-Whitefield) for converting 21 3-coach trains into 6-coach trains while 87 will be supplied to the Green line (BIEC-Anjanapura Township) for converting 29 3-coach trains into 6 coach trains. These numbers could change in the future as per ridership demand, after which the BMRCL can choose to move coaches on top of trailers via ground transport or simply utilize the 210m rake interchange line at Majestic Station which connects the Green & Purple lines.
Although the press release mentions that deliveries will commence in July 2018, the first 6-coach train for commercial revenue service is expected to be pressed into service only towards the end of 2018 or early 2019 as the train & sub-systems would first have to be tested at one of the BMRCL’s depots followed by testing on the main-line during non-revenue hours. BEML is currently also fulfilling orders for Kolkata Metro’s Line-2 and Delhi Metro’s Blue & Red lines, and with a fixed production capacity at their facility, I expect the last 6-coach train to be put into service only in 2021.
On a related note – this year the BMRCL is expected to invite bids for procuring new trains for Phase 2’s new lines: Line-3 (RV Road – Bommasandra) and Line-4 (Nagawara-Gottigere). Trains for that contract are expected to consist of 6-coaches from the onset.
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