Alstom Awarded Chennai Metro Phase 2’s 78 Coach Contract

Alstom Transport India on Tuesday was awarded a Rs. 946.92 crore contract to manufacture and supply 78 coaches (Package ARE03A) for Chennai Metro’s Line-4 by Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL).

26 3-car trains on this line of the 118.9 km Phase 2 project will service Poonamallee Bypass – Light House through 28 (18 elevated & 10 underground) stations, and be stabled & maintained at Poonamallee Depot in western Chennai.

CMRL had originally invited tenders for this rolling stock package in December 2020. After receiving 3 bids in September 2021, the tendering process was abruptly cancelled in November due to “administrative reasons”.

Bids were shortly re-invited with a 1960 day (5.37 year deadline) for which CMRL again received 3 bids from Alstom, BEML and Titagarh. Financial bids were opened in April to reveal Alstom as the lowest bidder.

Final Contract Value: Rs. 946,92,55,624.00 (INR 7,31,25,53,552 + EURO 2,36,01,312 + SEK 2,02,10,441)

Package: Phase – II / ARE03A

Brief Scope: Design, manufacture, supply, testing, commissioning of standard gauge metro rolling stock (electrical multiple units) and training of personnel for Chennai Metro Project Phase II

One of Alstom’s 52 Metropolis train-sets on Chennai’s Phase 1 lines – Photo Copyright: Indian Express

CMRL plans to run these trains in a DMC + TC + DMC configuration with the ability to operate at Grade of Automation level-4 for “driverless” Unattended Train Operations (UTO).

This is Alstom’s 2nd major contract in Chennai after Phase 1’s 52 train contract, and they will most likely manufacture these out of their nearby facility at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.

This is also their 2nd major contract in India in the past 90 days. Earlier this month, they were awarded Indore and Bhopal metros’ combined 156 coach contract.

For Chennai’s Phase 2 corridors, CMRL in the past has revealed they are looking procure 288 coaches and wet-lease 126 coaches to run services. Here’s a status table for all 3 rolling stock packages:

LineCoaches to be ProcuredCoaches to be Leased
Line-3 & Line-5210 (Package ARE02 – Cancelled)126 (Package ARE04) – Cancelled
Line-478 Coaches (Alstom)none

A list of all Chennai Metro Phase 2 tenders (civil, systems) and their status can be viewed here.

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3 Responses to "Alstom Awarded Chennai Metro Phase 2’s 78 Coach Contract"

  1. Prakash says:

    Is kucthery road station canceled as no notice has been given yet to vacate the position

  2. Gomes Clevin Clement says:

    But why they took a payment in Swedish Krona ?
    Alstom is A French Co. And France is a EU Member they should complete the transactions by Euro and Rupee instead

  3. Karthik says:

    76 coach (26trains) is not enough this line please want more trains


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