Six-coach Metro trains from December
Metro commuters can hope to have a much more comfortable ride from this December with the DMRC planning to introduce six-coach trains from the end of this year to ease the rush.delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 23:45 IST
Metro commuters can hope to have a much more comfortable ride from this December with the DMRC planning to introduce six-coach trains from the end of this year to ease the rush.
It has ordered 40 new Metro cars from German train maker Bombardier for this purpose.
The new cars, which will be supplied by Bombardier in phases, will be coupled with the existing four-coach trains to make them six-coach ones.
The contract is valued at approximately USD 55 million and is follow-on to the original order for 74 vehicles announced recently in June, a Bombardier release said, adding that delivery will follow the completion of existing contract delivery and is expected to end in 2011.
DMRC plans to introduce six-coach trains from December this year on over-crowded like the Line-3 (Dwarka Sec-9-Noida City Centre/Anand Vihar) and the Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala).
"The 40 additional cars are for coupling purpose to convert four coach trains into six-coach and eight-coach ones. The first six-coach train is expected by this December depending on the traffic conditions," a DMRC spokesman said.
Facing ever-increasing rush, DMRC has been contemplating introducing six-coach trains for quite some time.
Almost all trains on Line 3 and Line 1 are jam-packed during the morning and evening rush hours.
Once the entire Phase-II becomes operational in September, a month before the Commonwealth Games, DMRC will start coupling the new coaches with existing ones and deploy them.
With the new order, DMRC will be operating a fleet of 538 Bombardier MOVIA Metro cars, one of the largest in the world.
Around 190 of these MOVIA cars are already operating successfully on Delhi's Metro network.
The cars will be manufactured at Bombardier's site in Savli in Gujarat and will be transported by road to the national capital.
DMRC traverses around 125 kms a day presently carrying 11 million passengers and hopes to cover 190 kms and ferry 20 million people by the end of this year.
Commenting on the new contract, Stephane Rambaud-Measson, President, Passengers Division, Bombardier Transportation, said: "Our manufacturing operations in India are growing from strength to strength, already producing vehicles at an impressive rate of one metro car each day."