The first consignment of coaches for the proposed Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon will arrive by May next year, said officials of DLF, the promoter company.
The 6-km intercity metro project is expected to be operational from January 2013. The operator has plans to run five trains in DLF City to connect some important commercial buildings of the IT hub, providing an alternative mode of transport to commuters.
“The first set of coaches would reach us in May. We have already completed about 70% work of constructing and erecting metro pillars and are trying to catch up with the deadline of January 2013 for the launch of the service in DLF City,” said Sanjiv Rai, managing director RMG. Rai said the entire train is made up of aluminium and the light-weight vehicle would reduce the noise level to less than 80 dBA.
Each train will have the capacity to carry around 1,000 passengers and can travel up to the speed of 80 kmph.
According to RMG officials, the trains will be supplied by Siemens. Senior officials of the supplier firm, including its president Sandra Kott, will visit Gurgaon to take stock of the situation.
The RMGL said the ultra-modern coaches of the trains are designed to manoeuvre through the swanky buildings of the IT hub and well-equipped to suit the aesthetics of the urban infrastructure.
Unlike traditional rail transport systems, the Rapid Metro will be the only service in the country to have a third rail track and without any overhead wires. It will be powered by a continuous rigid conductor placed between the tracks.