BEML Wins Bangalore Metro’s 318 Coach Rolling Stock Contract 5RS-DM

BEML Ltd. was today declared as the lowest bidder among 4 firms to manufacture and supply 318 new metro coaches (rolling stock) for the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2, 18.23 km Phase 2A and 37 km Phase 2B projects.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) will deploy these coaches from Package 5RS-DM in 6-car formations across 2 lines: 21 km Pink Line (Reach 6) and 56 km Blue Line (ORR Line & Airport Line).

Here’s a breakdown of how the new coaches are intended to be distributed, as shared in March 2021 when BMRCL was scouting for a General Consultant. This is of course subject to change.

Phase 2: Pink Line (Kalena Agrahara – Nagawara, 21.386 km)96 (16 x 6)
Phase 2A: Blue Line (Silk Board – KR Puram, 18.2 km)96 (16 x 6)
Phase 2B: Blue Line (KR Puram – Airport, 37 km)126 (21 x 6)

BMRC had invited bids for this contract in September 2022 with an unknown estimate and delivery timeframe. Technical bids were opened in February 2023 to reveal 4 bidders.

Financial Bid Values

Note: All 4 firms submitted bids in different combinations of INR + EURO + USD + JPY. Below I’ve shown the INR equivalent and cost per car in parenthesis.

FirmBid (per car)
BEML3176.43 crore (9.99 cr)
Alstom Transport India3821.01 crore (12.02 cr)
Titagarh Wagons4686.14 crore (14.74 cr)
CAF4757.34 crore (14.96 cr)

Brief Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 318 Nos. of Standard Gauge Metro Cars and Training of Personnel upto fifteen (15) years under Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase-2, 2A and 2B

Preliminary design rendering of Bangalore Metro’s new CRRC trains for the 19 km Yellow Line – Copyright: CRRC via East-Day

This contract will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with whom the Government of India signed a Rs 3,717 crore loan agreement in March 2021 to procure critical systems such as rolling stock, CBTC signaling and platform screen doors.

BMRCL’s estimate remains unknown, so I can’t provide an assessment of how BEML’s bid is placed. But looking at BEML’s bid relative to others and the time lost so far in bidding, this will definitely be awarded to BEML – with or without negotiations.

If a contract is signed in Q3 (July – Sept) 2023, then we should see the first prototype train rolling out of BEML’s local Bengaluru facility in CV Raman Nagar in Q1 2025.

This is one of the largest metro rolling stock contracts in recent times, just a little larger than Delhi Metro’s 312 coach RS-17 contract for Phase 4 which was awarded to Alstom in October 2022. The largest ongoing contract is for Mumbai Metro Line 2 & 7’s 576 coaches which BEML is currently fulfilling.

Phase 2 project’s 21.38 km Pink Line (Kalena Agrahara – Nagawara) is in the most advance stage of construction among the 2 lines, so I reckon Kothanur Depot will be the recipient of the first train-set. With tendering and construction delays slowing things down, I see the start of commercial operations happening no sooner than mid-2025.

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22 Responses to "BEML Wins Bangalore Metro’s 318 Coach Rolling Stock Contract 5RS-DM"

  1. Avinash says:

    Congrats BEML team

  2. Anony-mouse says:

    Alstom was my second preference. Very very happy with this result

  3. Brahamjeet Dhanker says:

    Congrats to BEML and best wishes to AT, TWL and CAF for future bids.

  4. Sriharsha says:

    Hope there is no more delays and they deliver before hand so that the city will be benefited. There has been too much delay in these projects.

  5. Kartik says:

    Somebody other than Alstom after a long time. Good job BEML

    But arn’t the number of trains too low compared to the distance? I think 1 train per km should be the minimum and since Bengaluru is a big city they should have a few more than that but instead they are going with a few low.

    • TMRG says:

      Agreed. 1 train per km is the standard. Money is tight, so we’ll likely see a follow-up order later.

  6. Anirudh Kulkarni says:

    Bro, any update on yellow line’s rolling stock? When can we expect it come to Bengaluru?

  7. Ron Banerjee says:

    Who is providing tech for trains. Is this Hyundai totem, or chinese crrc? If chinese.. very bad result.

  8. Gomes Clevin Clement says:

    TMRG, any updates on 12 Trainset order of Yellow Line?

  9. BALA MURUGAN says:

    Good Result
    Thanks to BEML CMD & EDR

  10. Jishnukrishna Venkat says:

    Finally… At Least the key corridor of BMRCL is going to get trains from BEML..

  11. CV Vijay says:

    Glad indeed that BEML was able to come back towards supply of Rolling Stock. High time, others’ technology are also synergised to give the optimum benefit Namma Metro deserves!

  12. Vaibhav Parashar says:

    Congratulations to BEML. Its always feels good working with BEML on any of the Rail / Metro Rail Project.

  13. Vinitkumar says:

    Congratulations to BEML.
    Its good that Bangalore metro coaches will be manufactured in BEML, Bangalore.


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