Bids Invited for Chennai Metro Phase 2’s 2nd Rolling Stock Contract

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) on Monday invited tenders for the 2nd rolling stock contract (ARE02) comprising of 210 standard gauge coaches for Chennai Metro’s Phase 2 project.

These 210 coaches will be procured and operated as 70 train-sets of 3 coach configuration (DMC+TC+DMC) on the new 45.813 km Line-3 (Madhavaram – SIPCOT 2) and 47 km Line-5 (Madhavaram – Sholinganallur).

The tender notice calls out that trains must conform to Grade of Automation-4 (GoA4) standards for “driverless” operations.

Unattended Train Operation (UTO) shall be the predominant mode of train operation. In case if CMRL does not engage UTO for any reason at any stage of passenger operation or non-passenger operation, the train operator will be onboard to drive the train under ATO or Manual Mode (under ATP).

Package: Phase – II / ARE02

Brief Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing, Commissioning of Standard Gauge Metro Rolling Stock (Electric Multiple Units)(210 cars) and Training of personnel

  • Duration of Contract: 1850 days + 730 days (DNP)
  • Pre-Bid Meeting: September 9, 2021
  • Bid Submission End Date: November 23, 2021 till 1300 hours
  • Technical Bid Opening Date: November 23, 2021 at 1500 hours
One of Alstom’s 52 Metropolis train-sets on Chennai’s Phase 1 lines – Photo Copyright: Indian Express

Unlike Phase 1 where CMRL procured 4-coach Alstom Metropolis trains, in Phase 2 CMRL will be operating 3-coach trains across all lines which can be expandable to 6-coaches in the future.

Back in December 2020, CMRL had invited bids for 78 coaches (contract ARE03) for use on the city’s new 26.09 km Line-4 (Light House – Poonamallee Bus Depot). The current technical bid opening date for that tender is September 16.

With this, just 1 more tender notice is now pending for wet-leasing 126 coaches to operate on lines 3 & 5. Back in 2017, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was looking to lease 150 coaches for its Green Line, but nothing constructive came out of that so it’ll be interesting how this plays out in Chennai, if at all.

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16 Responses to "Bids Invited for Chennai Metro Phase 2’s 2nd Rolling Stock Contract"

  1. Anirudh Kulkarni says:

    Let’s hope that a Indian Company wins it.

    • Kishore Joshi says:

      Which Indian company manufactures metro coaches ?
      Only thing you can hope is no chinese company bags this tender..

  2. Pratham says:

    Wondering why are you taking breaks from Twitter so often. It was so nice when you would tweet

  3. Thirupathi says:

    Bid Submission End Date: November 23, 2011 till 1300 hours
    Technical Bid Opening Date: November 23, 2011 at 1500 hours

    The Year which is Right Or wrong?

  4. Samuel Abisheik says:

    Same coaches, same colour will be used?

    • TMRG says:

      Still early days for deciding the color scheme. We’ll likely see the preliminary design only in/after 2023.

  5. YESUPATHAM says:

    Will this route from Madhavaram to Sipcot train route touch Velachery Train Station. Nd proceed from there to Sipcot. In the intrest of people from velachery, Kilkattalai, medavakkam get benifitted. Moreover there is lots of Software coming up on Thorapakkam to Pallavaram radial road

  6. furiosa says:

    TMRG, does this contract has any clause restricting it to Japanese players since it’s JICA funded?

    • TMRG says:

      Naah, haven’t read or heard about such a clause being in place

      • furiosa says:

        So, there is no Japanese vendor clause for phase 2 at all? Provided this is the obvious contract where it could be exercised. Earlier i read that there was such a clause.


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