With viaduct and station work on Indore Metro’s 33.53 km Yellow Line becoming more visible, here’s a post on the project’s crucial train maintenance depot that is quietly shaping up between Gandhi Nagar and Super Corridor 6 stations.
This depot on 26.25 hectares of land is under construction by K.S.M. Bashir Mohd. and Sons through a Rs. 247.64 crore contract awarded by Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (MPMRCL) in 2022. Its construction under Indore Metro’s Phase 1‘s Package IN-07 comes with a 3 year deadline.
This is where Indore Metro’s Alstom train-sets will be parked (stabled) and maintained to service the Yellow Line which will form a ring line around Indore city connecting Palasia – Railway Station – Rajwara- Airport – Bhawarsala.
Alstom will initially supply 25 train-sets of 3 coaches (total 75 coaches) as part of a larger 156 coach rolling stock contract, combined with Bhopal Metro, awarded in July 2022. The trains’ final design is yet to be revealed, but I reckon we should see or hear something, even if a preliminary design, within the next 3 months.
Back in February, Indore Metro’s track-work contractor, Texmaco – ISC JV, started laying ballast within the depot and last week began laying sleepers for its approximately 940m long test track. They were awarded Package IN-08’s Rs. 258.88 crore track-work contract in December 2022.
Also last week, K.S.M. also erected the first 9 meter tall pre-engineered building (PEB) column for the depot’s inspection bay.
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