Harried train commuters who suffer the ignominy of having to travel in packed trains may soon have something to cheer about.
After decades of travelling in trains where eight people stand in less than one-sq-m of space, Mumbaiites will soon move on to an energy efficient Metro car system by the end of 2010.
The Metro coaches which will run on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) route will have plush air-conditioned interiors, roomy coaches that can ferry 375 individuals and closed circuit television sets and inbuilt camera systems which will allow passengers to communicate with the driver in an emergency.
Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), which is building the VAG corridor—the city’s first Metro corridor--has commissioned Chinese firm CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Company to build 16 trains with a total of 64 coaches for Rs 604 crore.
Each coach will cost Rs 12 crore.
“We have ordered these trains keeping in view the needs of the city’s commuters,” MMOPL Director K.P. Maheshwari said. “This train will be on par with international standards.”
Each train will have four coaches and will have the capacity to carry 1,500 people. The coaches will be gradually increased to six.
The production of these trains is in progress and their testing will be undertaken at a facility in Beijing, China. Most of the trains will be shipped to India as soon as the testing is completed.
MMOPL and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority have claimed that the construction of the first Metro line will be complete by December this year.