The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. today received the first set of 3 intermediate coaches at the Purple Line’s Baiyappanahalli Depot from BEML’s manufacturing plant located barely 2 kilometers away. The new coaches are part of a Rs. 1421 crore, placed in early 2017, for 150 intermediate coaches through which the existing 50 trains of 3-coaches will all be converted into 6-coach formations to provide more capacity & convenience to commuters.
The first unit was planned to be delivered in July, but was delivered ahead of schedule with the help of BEML’s 3rd new manufacturing line which was inaugurated in August 2017. As per the city’s development minister, KJ George, BEML “will supply six to nine cars a month from June and will deliver the entire 150 cars by December 2019”
• 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
In the above image, the other 2 coaches of the 1st 3-coach unit are visible.
Some old images shot at BEML’s plant –
The new coaches will now be coupled with an existing train-set, and will be tested first within the depot and then on the main-line – a process which can take about 2 months.
As per the BMRCL’s old tender notification – 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.
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