To ease congestion on the city's Metro corridors, atleast 300 additional Metro coaches will be pressed into service by the end of 2011.
In a move that is sure to provide relief to Metro commuters, these additional cars would form part of new Metro trains. They would also add to a number of four-coach trains to help make them six-coach trains.
Germany-based Metro coach manufacturer Bombardier Transportation’s manufacturing unit at Savli in Gujarat will deliver 280 more coaches to the DMRC by 2011-end.
“We will introduce a few six coach trains to the fleet by early next year. By the end of 2011, we will run a total of 89 six coach trains. The additional coaches would be able to carry about 600 more passengers per trip," said a DMRC official.
"A four-coach train has a carrying capacity ranging from 1,200 to 1,500 passengers.
Each six coach train will be able to carry about 1,800 to 2,100 passengers per trip," the official added.
A couple of months ago, DMRC had placed an order with Bombardier for extra coaches in the combination of motorcar and trailer car, which will be coupled with four coach trains to make them six coach trains.
"Our production capacity has increased to 32 cars per month from 24 cars earlier. We are delivering the cars to DMRC after the mandatory trials and tests are over," said Pierre St-Onge, general manager, Bombardier's Salvi site.
According to Rs 2,984 crore agreement signed between Bombardier Transportation and DMRC for the phase II, the train maker will supply 538 broad gauge Metro cars in two years of which it has already supplied 250 cars.
"We will hand over 280 cars by the end of next year to DMRC," said Rajeev Jyoti, chief country representative, Bombardier.