5 train manufacturers have submitted bids to supply 288 coaches (48 trains) for Delhi Metro Phase 4’s Package RS17 after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today opened technical bids.
DMRC had invited tenders to procure these train cars in June 2021 with a 236 weeks (4.5 years) delivery completion period. Their procurement is being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through a Rs. 8,390 crore loan.
The contract consists of two parts:
- 90 coaches (15 x 6 coaches) for the Pink Line’s 12.558 km extension (Mukundpur – Maujpur) and 144 coaches (24 x 6 coaches) for the Magenta Line’s 28.92 km extension (Janakpuri West – RK Ashram)
- 54 coaches (9 x 6 coaches) for the 23.622 km new Silver Line (Aerocity – Tughlakabad)
- Alstom Transport India Ltd.
- BEML Ltd.
- CAF India Pvt. Ltd.
- JSC Metrowagonmash
- Titagarh Wagons Ltd.
Phase 4’s new trains must be 3.2 m wide, lightweight, made of stainless steel, and compliant with standard gauge track system. They must also be suitable for communications-based train control (CBTC) signaling for Unattended Train Operations (UTO) conforming to Grade of Automation level 4.
Trains will be stabled at the following maintenance depots:
- Line-7 (Pink Line): Mukundpur (existing) and Vinod Nagar (existing)
- Line-8 (Magenta Line): Kalindi Kunj (existing) and Mukundpur (future)
- Line-10 (Silver Line): Sarita Vihar (future)
DMRC’s Brief Scope: PART-A: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing, Commissioning, Training of 234 Nos. Standard Gauge Cars for Extended Sections of Line 7 & 8 AND PART-B: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing, Commissioning, Training of 54 Nos. of Standard Gauge Cars Including Comprehensive Maintenance up to Fifteen Years for These 54 Nos. Standard Gauge Cars for Aerocity – Tughlakabad Corridor
JSC Metrowagonmash is a surprise entry from Russia, while the rest 4 are regular bidders for Indian rolling stock contracts.
All 5 bids have now been sent for technical bid 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 supplier.
I wrote about this tender back in December 2020 and at that time, DMRC and JICA had estimated this contract to cost Rs 3567.11 crore.
As shared earlier, to support the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Make in India) initiative, DMRC had added a clause that a maximum of 72 coaches (12 trains) can be manufactured in an off-shore factory outside of India. To comply with the bid conditions, the contractor must establish facilities locally either independently or with an Indian partner.
The 349 km Delhi Metro network currently has 2294 coaches in its fleet, and the number will reach 2582 after Phase 4’s RS17 order is fulfilled by the end of 2028. A full recap of all 17 rolling stock contracts can viewed here.
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