May 2, 2020 Update: Bombardier is the lowest bidder. See more details here.
Three rolling stock manufacturers have submitted tenders (bids) to supply and maintain 210 standard gauge coaches for the under construction 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) line after officials from the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) opened tenders on Thursday afternoon to reveal the list of bidders.
Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing, Commissioning and Comprehensive Maintenance of RRTS and MRTS Trainsets, and Depot Machinery & Plants for Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Project. Tender Notice: DM/RS/COR-OF/69
Completion Period of Work: 243 weeks (excluding Maintenance Period) + 15 Years for Maintenance
• Alstom Transport India Ltd. – bid submitted March 10
• Bombardier Transport India Pvt. Ltd. – bid submitted March 11
• CAF India Private Ltd. – bid submitted March 11
Tenders for this contract were invited in August 2019 with an original submission date of November 9, 2019. This date was pushed back to March 12 as the bidders needed additional time.
All three firms’ bids have been officially admitted by NCRTC’s procurement team and have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely the supplier of train-sets for this line.
In February 2020, Alstom announced its plan to acquire Bombardier’s rail business for as much as 6.2 billion euros ($6.7 billion), so this bidding battle is essentially between Alstom and CAF.
Although this line’s development is being financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the rolling stock’s procurement is being funded entirely through state (Delhi & Uttar Pradesh) and central government funds. The bidding rules also contain a local production clause to support the government’s Make in India initiative.
The system’s aerodynamic trains will be lightweight and have a stainless steel / aluminium body. They’ll have a design speed of 180 kmph, operational speed of 160 kmph and average speed would be 100 kmph. Through this, the journey between Delhi and Modipuram, north of Meerut, will be cut down to an hour (62 minutes advertised) from the current 3-4 hour time it takes by National Highway 34.
Out of the 210 coaches being procured, 180 coaches (30 train-sets of 6 coaches) will be used for long-distance end-to-end services from Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan Station to Modipuram Station – view route map. The rest 30 coaches will run as 10 trains in a configuration of 3 cars for local metro services in Meerut, with special metro-only stations roughly every kilometer or so at Partapur, Rithani, Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali, MES Colony, Daurli, Meerut North and Modipuram.
Each express RRTS train will consist of one business class coach which will be accessible through a special lounge on the platform-level of certain stations. Coaches will be 22 m long x 3.20 m wide, and are planned to have to have transverse (latitudinal) seats, unlike most metro trains with longitudinal seating, for passenger comfort over long distances.
For more updates, check out the NCR RRTS section of The Metro Rail Guy!