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Metro made in India

This is what Bombardier Transportation India will roll out from its manufacturing facility in Savli, an industrial town 15km north of Vadodara in Gujarat, for DMRC expansion plans of phase II. Atul Mathur reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2009 23:01 IST
Atul Mathur

This is what Bombardier Transportation India will roll out from its manufacturing facility in Savli, an industrial town 15km north of Vadodara in Gujarat, for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) expansion plans of phase II.

The first train set, consisting of four ‘Movia’ coaches, was unveiled by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in a glittering ceremony at Savli on Friday.

Bombardier Transportation is based out of Germany and manufactures trains, commercial aircraft and business jets.

DMRC is buying 81 trains (424 coaches) from Bomabardier for Rs 3,000 crore for its 125-km expansion in phase II. While nine train sets have been manufactured at Bombardier’s plant in Germany and transported to Delhi by aircraft (two trains) and by the sea route, the remaining are being made at the Savli plant.

More than two million people are expected to use the Metro network, spread over 193 km and consisting 144 Metro stations on nine corridors, including the high speed 22.7 km airport line, in Delhi by Commonwealth Games 2010.

Bombardier will also cater to the demands of other Indian and southeast Asian cities where Metro networks are expected to come up in the next few years. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Kanpur and Kochi are some Indian cities where studies are on for Metro networks.

Just as the DMRC is known for completing projects fast, Bomabardier too rolled out its first train set in a record time. It took the company just 24 months, from the date DMRC placed the order, to get approvals from the Gujarat government, purchase land, construct the manufacturing facility, start production and roll out the coaches.

“People talk about fast approvals to Tata’s Nano project because the project had a background. But the fact is that Bombardier’s plant came up faster than the Nano’s plant,” said Modi.

The indigenously made Movia coaches come with some features specific to the Delhi conditions. “These trains have better air-conditioning, low noise pollution levels, closed circuit television cameras and electricity sockets for mobile and laptop charging,” Bombardier Transportation India managing director Rajeev Jyoti said.

With vehicular traffic accounting for 84 per cent of total carbon emissions, followed by 15 per cent by air traffic, Jyoti said the Movia coaches were energy efficient and eco-friendly. It holds significance that the first set rolled out on World Environment Day.