Mumbai Metro Line-2’s 1st BEML Train Gets Ready for Delivery
Here’s the first look of Mumbai Metro Line-2’s first train getting ready to roll out from BEML’s manufacturing facility in CV Raman Nagar, Bangalore anytime now.
BEML is producing a total of 96 new train-sets as part of contract MRS1 awarded by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in November 2018 to operate on Mumbai Metro’s upcoming 18.6 Line-2A (Yellow Line) and 16.5 km Line-7 (Red Line). Needless to say, in the future these will go on to service each line’s extension as well (Line-2B, Line-7A & Line-9).
Per an industry source, under pressure from the MMRDA, the first train to be sent to Mumbai will be unwired and all internal wiring will be performed by BEML’s employees locally at Charkop Depot. A report in HT, shared by follower Clevin, also confirmed critical components are stuck in Japan. I believe these must be propulsion-related from Hitachi.
January 16 Update: MMRDA’s chief has confirmed to Tanushree Venkatraman at HT that the first train will reach Mumbai around January 27-28 and pending work will be completed in Mumbai:
Ten trains are ready at the manufacturing depot in BEML. The first train will reach Mumbai by road on January 27-28, post which some minor works will be undertaken at the depot itself.
Here’s a snap shared by a follower:
Here’s a list of all orders DMRC has placed with BEML after they emerged as the lowest bidder for rolling stock package MRS1 in 2018. A total of 576 (96 train-sets) are on order:
- Contract MRS1 – 378 coach order (63 train-sets) valued at Rs 3015 cr – LOA issued in November 2018
- Additional Order – 126 coach order (21 train-sets) valued at Rs. 834 cr – LOA issued in August 2019
- Additional Order – 72 coach order (12 train-sets) valued at Rs. 501 cr – LOA issued in November 2020
Like the Delhi Metro’s new Hyundai Rotem trains for the new Pink & Magenta lines, these trains will be capable of running without an operator or ‘driverless’ on the unattended train operation (UTO) mode. Major technical details of Mumbai’s MRS1 train-sets can be viewed here.
A model coach was unveiled in September 2019 at Akurli Station while the first train-set’s body shell was ready in January 2020 – see some snaps here.
As shared back in 2020, here’s a table listing the coaches’ dimensions. Note they’ll be 3.2 meters wide similar to the CRRC stock on the 11.4 km Line-1:
Both Line-2A and Line-7’s current publicly announced deadline is May 2021, and as we move closer to that time period, a new deadline will likely be announced conveniently blaming the delays on COVID-19. At this time, I do not see either line getting operational before 2022 as there’s just far too much civil and system work pending – see my Twitter handle for images.
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Line 3 rolling stock contract awarded or not i can’t recall!
In 2018, MMRCL have awarded the Rolling Stock contract for Aqua Line (Line3) to Alstom to supply 31-8 Coach Trainsets. As of now they have made 5coaches for 1st trainsets. But it will not deliver until the Depot issue will sort out.
Thank you for the information!
Yes, it’s awarded to Alstom
Drainage works on New ISBT to Patna Station of corridor-2 of Phase-I of Patna MRTS.Here what’s the need for a drainage system..Is this drainage is for metro corridors or beside road.. Please explain me.
If it rains, you need a simple drainage system at each station and pier to drain out the water into the local city drainage system.
These indigenous trains must be cheaper than the imported Alstom etc.
Central and state gov should give orders to beml bhel so that india does not spend in high foreign currencies
Everything should come under make India
Alstom has more than one manufacturing site in In India , and has made trains in INDIA for all parts of the world .
Alstom have a metro manufacturing unit in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh and a Locomotive rail factory in Bihar for DFC’s. They all use indian components as much as possible
@TMRG even though the deadline may bw May 2021 and they may be pressurizing the contractors, the real aim is to start something just before BMC elections (Feb’22). So if they start in Jan 22, which portions of Line 2 & Line 7 they can operate and how many trains will be available to start the operations?
Line-2: Dahanukarwadi – Dahisar East (confirmed)
Line-7: Dahisar East – Aarey (unconfirmed, but the crossover is at Aarey)
Both are 8-9 kms long.
They will need a minimum total of 20 trains to run respectable high frequency services.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM LENGTH REQUIRED FOR METRO STATION FOR 6 ROLLING STOCK METRO?
140m long. Metro train coaches are typically 22m across India.