Hitachi Wins Chennai Metro Line 3’s Signaling Contract ASA04

March 15, 2023 Update: CMRL has awarded and signed a contract with Hitachi Rail for Line-3’s signaling system. Contract value: Rs. 1,620 crore.

August 11 2022 Original Post: Hitachi Rail STS India Pvt. Ltd. Last week was declared as the lowest bidder for Chennai Metro Line-3’s Signalling and Train Control and Video Management systems’ contract ASA04.

This 45.81 km mostly-underground new line of the 119.8 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project will run in a north-south orientation to connect Madhavaram – SIPCOT 2.

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) had invited tenders for this contract in August 2021 with an unknown estimate and 1640 day (4.5 year) deadline. Technical bids were opened in May to reveal 2 bidders.

This contract is being financed through a loan by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which requires a heavy percentage of Japanese content which is why other traditional bidders, such as Siemens and Alstom, did not participate.

Financial Bid Values

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Hitachi Rail STS India1621.19
Nippon Signal1784.28

Package: ASA04

CMRL’s Brief Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Signalling and Train Control System and Video Management System

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

Like other Phase 2 packages CMRL’s estimate for this is unknown, and without Hitachi’s financial bid value I can’t provide an assessment on how they’re bid is placed and what the next steps look like.

Here’s a status of all major Line-3 systems and their status:

PackageStatus / Contractor
Head Hardened RailsMitsui & Ohmi Industries submitted bids
Track workAwarded to Larsen & Toubro
Rolling StockTender Cancelled
Signaling and Train ControlHitachi is lowest bidder (this post!)

A list of all Phase 2 civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.

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3 Responses to "Hitachi Wins Chennai Metro Line 3’s Signaling Contract ASA04"

  1. SKS says:

    Hitachi~ 1600 cr
    Nippon~ 1750 cr

  2. SKS says:

    Hitachi~ 1600 cr
    Nippon~ 1750 cr..


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