Alstom Wins Indore & Bhopal Metros’ 156 Coach and S&T Contract

July 6, 2022 Update: Alstom Transport has been awarded Indore Metro and Bhopal Metro’s rolling stock contract.

May 18, 2022 Original Post: Alstom Transport India today emerged as the lowest bidder to supply 156 coaches, signaling & train control and telecommunication system for Indore Metro and Bhopal Metro’s Phase 1 after Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Ltd. (MPMRCL) opened financial bids.

27 of these trains (81 coaches) will be stabled at Bhopal Metro’s Subhash Nagar Depot – the common carshed for Phase 1’s lines. Of these 14 will serve the under construction 14.99 km Purple Line (Karond Circle – AIIMS) while 13 will serve the upcoming 12.88 km Red Line (Bhadbhada Square – Ratnagiri Tiraha).

Indore Metro’s Gandhi Nagar Depot will stable 25 trains (75 coaches) to service the 33.53 km Yellow Line which will form a ring line around Indore city connecting Palasia – Railway Station – Rajwara- Airport – Bhawarsala.

MPMRCL had invited tenders to procure these train cars in November 2021 with a Rs. 2145 crore estimate and 1526 day (4.18 year) delivery completion period. Technical bids were opened in early April to reveal 2 bidders.

Financial Bid Values

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Alstom Transport India3248.00

Tender / Package: BH-IN-02

Name of Work: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing, Commissioning and Training of Standard Gauge Passenger Rolling Stock Cars (with 15 Years Comprehensive Maintenance) – 81 Cars for Bhopal and 75 Cars for Indore, including Signaling & Train Control and Telecommunication Systems (with 7 Years Comprehensive Maintenance)” for Bhopal Metro Rail Project and Indore Metro Rail Project.

Representational only: Delhi’s RS10 Hyundai Rotem train – Photo Copyright: ET

Although Alstom is the lowest bidder, their bid is still a staggering 51.42% higher than MPMRCL’s Rs. 2145 crore estimate. I see their management being invited for negotiations but most likely this package will be retendered. Interesting times ahead.

Update: Comment by follower Anonymizer123 below indicates Rs. 2145 crore is just the capital cost, so MPMRCL’s true estimate which includes annual maintenance contract (AMC) would be higher than Rs. 2145 crore and closer to Alstom’s bid.

Last month Alstom was also the lowest bidder for Chennai Metro Line-4’s 78 coach contract beating BEML and Titagarh – see details.

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12 Responses to "Alstom Wins Indore & Bhopal Metros’ 156 Coach and S&T Contract"

  1. Jimmy Vij says:

    Tendering Signalling and RS Combined which drastically narrows down the pool of potential bidders.

    Ofcourse this is going to be retendered with seperate Tenders for Rolling stock and Signalling.

    What was MPMRCL thinking ? Going with such stupid proposal.

    • AK says:

      A single vendor for rolling stock n signalling will drastically reduce the issues of interfacing both most projects u will see signalling contractor n rolling stock supplier at logger heads..this can be avoided with combined tender

  2. Anonymizer123 says:

    TMRG, a correction: The MP Metro budget shown is capital cost only and does not include the value of maintenance. If you add that, it seems they got a pretty good bid.

  3. Kartik says:

    Shouldn’t the title be
    Alston emerged as lowest bidder for……
    Because the word wins is misleading specially given the fact that the cost estimates and bids don’t quite match and there is uncertainty about the AMC being included in estimated cost.

    • TMRG says:

      I try to keep titles short & relevant 🙂 Adding additional words will make it too wordy.

    • AK says:

      MP state elections are due by 2023 they will finalise this asap n try to get deliveries by next year end

    • Anonymous says:

      Alstom cost matches very well with the budget when comprehensive maintenance contract for RS (15 years) and Sig & Tel (07 yrs) is considered. But the interesting part is costing of BEML+SIEMENS was around 43% higher than that of Alstom.

      • Akash says:

        This is pretty absurd and Customer should go for rebid and look for better pricing. Almost 52 higher pricing of L1 is absurd and playing with overall budget and tax payer money

  4. Dr Who says:

    Hey TMRG,

    Which coach is likely supplied by Alstom.
    The Metropolis ( as in Chennai , Lucknow)
    Or the Bombardier Movia ( as in Kanpur)


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