Meeting rise in coach demands
With a tall delivery order and less than 100 days left for the Commonwealth Games-2010, Bombardier is chasing deadlines to meet the demands of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The company, which has been providing DMRC with state-of-the-art coaches, will soon send across 32 more coaches.
The DMRC had placed orders for 424 coaches as part of Phase II. It is said to have received 168 so far and the rest would be delivered by January next year.
Bombardier officials maintained that the target for the Commonwealth Games would be met, as coaches are now rolling out of the plant smoothly and being added to the network simultaneously following tests and trials.
President of its Passengers Division Stéphane Rambaud-Measson said that the company is in sync with the Delhi Metro’s pace of delivery. It also has a keen interest in being part of the action in other upcoming projects.
“We are pretty proud of what we have achieved; in India we have a 96.5 per cent availability, as against 95 per cent in other countries. Availability means the total number of cars that are running on tracks,” he said at the company’s facility in Hennigsdorf in Berlin that recently completed 100 years.
“An additional 74 cars were tendered by Delhi Metro recently to meet the increasing passenger load on their network. Out of this 24 trains have been delivered and these will now be integrated with four-coach trains,” said Director-Communication Bombardier Transportation India Luis Ramos.
The correspondent’s visit to Hennigsdorf in Berlin was sponsored by Bombardier.
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