A consortium of Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co. Ltd and Panasonic Manufacturing (Beijing) Co. Ltd. has been awarded a contract to design, install, test and commission platform screen doors (PSDs) at all 12 stations of Kolkata Metro’s 16.34 km Line-2 between Howrah Maidan and Salt Lake Sector V.
The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) invited bids for this equipment in February 2016 with an estimated value of Rs 180 crore, and at this time, the final contract value is unknown. Full height PSDs will be installed at underground stations located at Howrah Maidan, Howrah, Mahakaran (Lal Dighi), Esplanade, Sealdeah and Phoolbagan stations, while half-height PSDs will be installed at the elevated stations located at Salt Lake Stadium, Bengal Chemical, City Centre, Central Park, Karunamoyee and Sector V – see a map here.
The CRRC-Panasonic JV has been given a 150 weeks (roughly 3 years) to commission the PSDs which besides preventing suicides and accidents due to passenger movement, will greatly help KMRC to reduce maintenance costs in the underground stations by improving the quality of the environment, resulting in lower air-conditioning and ventilation costs.
With this development, Kolkata will become the third city after Chennai and Delhi to commission PSDs in the country. Full-height PSDs are operational at all 6 stations of Delhi’s 22.7 km Airport Express Line and half-height PSDs are currently being installed at 6 key stations on the Yellow Line (see images) by a JV of NRT-Stone India. In addition, all stations on the upcoming 58.596 km Pink and 38.235 km Magenta lines will also feature half height PSDs. The 3 contracts to install them, valued at Rs 131.32 crores, Rs 98.71 crores and Rs 312.11 crores, were given to a Japanese-Indian consortium of KTK – AIKON in May 2015.
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