Bombardier Transportation last week announced they had delivered their 800th MOVIA metro coach to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) since they began supplying coaches in 2007 to the Delhi Metro network’s 49.31 km Yellow Line (Line-2) and 65.35 km Blue Line (lines 3/4).
The 800th coach was dispatched from Bombardier’s local plant in Savli, Gujarat as part of a 40 coach order for contract RS16 won in May 2019. The first coach (#777) of this order, intended for the Yellow Line, was dispatched in August 2020 and the MD of Bombardier Transportation indicates the rest 16 (#801-#816) will be dispatched by the year-end.
DMRC had invited bids in October 2018 for the supply of 40 new broad gauge coaches compatible with its existing RS2, RS5, RS7 and RS11 type train-sets supplied by Bombardier in the past, and Bombardier was naturally the only bidder for this contract.
- DMRC’s Estimate: 462 crore
- Final Negotiated Contract Value: 31,28,911,546 Indian Rupees + 9,118,959 Euros + 12,083,116 Swedish Kroner (Approx. Rs. 430 crore)
“Delhi Metro is pleased to have received the 800th indigenously manufactured metro car from Bombardier for its network. Bombardier’s metro cars, operating across Line 2, 3 and 4, add to DMRC’s extensive metro network that has benefited passengers and society in terms of comfort and environmental sustainability. Delhi Metro’s vast network is a classic example of self-reliant India with significantly high local content and manufacturing, delivering Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Make in India programme,”S. S. Joshi, Director for Rolling Stock and Signalling, DMRC.
“We appreciate the tremendous effort from our Indian team to deliver 800 metro cars to Delhi Metro. We greatly value the trust and support received from Delhi Metro in this 13-year journey. This achievement of delivering the 800th metro car highlights the large scale and magnitude of Delhi Metro’s operations and we are extremely proud to be Delhi Metro’s long-term partner. These 100 per cent locally manufactured energy-efficient trains have been moving 1.5 million people in Delhi safely every day and the remaining 16 metro cars from the latest order (RS16) will be delivered to Delhi Metro by the end of this year.”Rajeev Joisar, Managing Director for India at Bombardier Transportation.
The 800th coach’s final destination, whether the 65.35 km Blue Line’s Yamuna Bank Depot in east-Delhi or Najafgarh Depot in south-west Delhi, is unknown.
Bombardier has 100 weeks to supply all 40 coaches to the Yellow & Blue lines’ depots since the Letter of Acceptance was issued on May 16 2019:
Here’s a look at the Delhi Metro’s rolling stock fleet – best viewed on a desktop device. As of March 2019, DMRC operated a total of 2214 coaches (1352 broad gauge and 862 standard gauge).
Delhi Metro Rolling Stock Fleet
|RS1||240+40||Mitsubishi – MELCO – BEML|
|RS9||162||BEML – Hyundai Rotem|
|RS10||486+18||Hyundai Rotem – BEML|
|RS14||24||Cancelled (Airport Exp Line)|
With 800 coaches in its fleet, DMRC is the largest MOVIA coach operator in the world. After RS16 is fulfilled, it will have a total of 816 MOVIA coaches under its belt.
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