After a final round of testing, CRRC Corporation on November 2 dispatched the first ever metro train for Noida Metro’s new 30 km Aqua Line from their Nanjing plant in China. This 4-coach train is part of a a 76 coach (19 train-sets x 4 coaches) order for which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, on behalf of Noida Metro Rail Corporation, signed a MoU with CRRC in March 2016 after CRRC emerged as the lowest technically qualified bidder in January.
The train first traveled to Shanghai on top of trailers from where it commenced its 3 week sea journey to Mundra Port in Gujarat. From there, the coaches will be transported to the Greater Noida Depot with an estimated time of arrival of early-mid December.
Each train is designed to have a seating capacity of 186 passengers and can carry 1,034 passengers in crush-load conditions. The trains have darker shaded seats for senior citizens, disabled and women passengers. No further details on its interior features have been released, but they’re expected to be fairly standard to what you’d find in modern coaches.
Here’s the first ever look of Noida’s metro train –
The train’s preliminary design was unveiled in December 2016. See more design renders from both outside and inside here.
This development debunks the Navbharat Times’ report of the train being stuck at the Mumbai Port due to financial reasons. If the train arrives by mid-December as planned, then there’s a good chance of NMRCL conducting a trial run on the depot’s test track before the year ends.
For more updates, check out the Noida – Greater Noida section of The Metro Rail Guy!