The next batch of suburban trains expected after two years, would be of international standards with seven global companies showing interest in taking up the project.
Of the seven companies —Alstrom, Bombardier, Crompton and Greaves, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, ABB and BHEL — one would be selected for designing, developing, manufacturing and commissioning 72 trains of 12 coaches each.
They will be built at a cost of about Rs 1,400 crore.
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) met representatives from these companies as part of a pre-bid meeting where the details of new trains, quality of coaches and other intricacies were discussed.
“The companies were here to discuss various issues pertaining to the new trains that would run as part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) phase-II,” said P. Sehgal, Managing Director, MRVC.
“The new manufacturer would be selected in September,” he added.
These companies would be selected on the basis of guidelines set by the World
During the meeting, several technical issues that would directly affect the comfort and safety level of commuters were discussed.
Some of them included, the light and fan connections inside the coach, the need for reducing noise levels when the train is in motion, improving brakes to avoid jerks and better ventilation facilities.
“The detailed report on the meeting would be submitted to the World Bank and Railway Board for maintaining transparency in selection procedure,” said another Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation official.
As part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project phase-I, 129 new-age local trains manufactured by Siemens would run on suburban tracks.
Till now, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation on behalf of Western and Central Railways, has procured 90 trains.
The remaining trains are expected to come to the city by April 2011.
The new colour scheme for trains replacing the existing violet and white, will start from phase-II of Mumbai Urban Transport Project.
Red and yellow is the most probable combination expected.