Alstom, Bombardier & CAF Bid for Delhi – Meerut RRTS Rolling Stock

May 2, 2020 Update: Bombardier is the lowest bidder. See more details here.

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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

Bidders:

• 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.

Representational image – via NCRTC’s website

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!

– TMRG

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14 Responses to "Alstom, Bombardier & CAF Bid for Delhi – Meerut RRTS Rolling Stock"

  1. Vivek Singh says:

    This is wonderful news.

    I guess CAF will have to open a plant in India if they qualify.

    I wonder why CRRC didn’t bid for this tender. The total amount of the tender (capital only and not including maintenance) will easily be around ₹2500 crore.

    If Bombardier wins, their Salvi plant will have something to build.

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    • Deepak venkatesh says:

      True sir, CRRC manufacture train coaches for less price and they have more experience

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      • Mrityunjay says:

        CRRC is not bidding the reason is that it’s a Chinese gaint and India’s biggest competitor in field of railways if it comes here all the money will go to china and still CRRC has no plants and projects in India . I think CAF will win this because they have made airport express metro which is really great and they have experience for working with India

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    • Devendra says:

      Crcc is not allowed in India u call it whatever d reason is political or avoid chinese … Example is nagpur n pune metro..

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    • Pradeep Gaur says:

      I would like to add…
      Weth the merger of BT with Alstom, Actual competition shall be between Alston & CAF.

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  2. SP Sharma says:

    BEML and others are again missing…why??

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    • Vivek Singh says:

      BEML doesn’t have designs/capability to build a SHSR train that can do a top Speed of 160 kmph. In fact, no Indian company does.

      The closest thing we have that’s anywhere close to the requirements of the tender is Train 18 but that would require a major redesign, if it’s production ever restarts.

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    • Prashant saini says:

      Dear all, I think BT will win the contract because BT has its plant in India and the contract is giving 10% local preference Margin. BT is also L2 in BMRCL and trying hard.

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  3. Mohith Kumar V says:

    Where does Alstom Manufacture in India?

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    • Shankar says:

      Sri City. Its in Andhra Pradesh close to Chennai.

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    • Amit says:

      Alstom has very strong presence in India since last decade. They already supplied trains to Chennai Metro, Kochi metro, Lucknow metro and Mumbai L3 on going project. Not only metro, Alstom won a contract in 2015 to supply 800 double electric loco under PPP contract with Indian railways. They also secured few infra project of DFC which are ongoing.
      Now recently after acquiring Bombardier transport, Alstom become 2nd largest railway manufacturer in world after CRRC.

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    • Amit says:

      Alstom has establish a very strong presence in India since last decade. They already supplied trains to Chennai Metro, Kochi metro, Lucknow metro and Mumbai L3 on going project. Not only metro, Alstom won a contract in 2015 to supply 800 double electric loco under PPP contract with Indian railways. They also secured few infra project of DFC which are ongoing.
      Now recently after acquiring Bombardier transport, Alstom become 2nd largest railway manufacturer in world after CRRC.
      Currently Alstom has three plants in India, one in Sricity near Chennai for EMU and metro trains, second in Coimbatore for traction convertor and other electrical components and third in Madhepura for loco manufacturing, in addition one loco shed recently developed in Saharanpur district of UP for loco maintainence and one more to come in Nagpur.

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  4. Ravindra Pal says:

    Electrical Electrician 14 years xper

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