Alstom Will Manufacture 234 Metro Cars For MMRDA Under ‘Make In India’ Initiative


French mobility company Alstom has bagged a contract from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the design, manufacture, supply, test, and commission of 234 metro cars, including training of personnel for Line 4 and the extension corridor (Wadala-Kasarvardavali-Gaimukh). The order is valued at €220 million (₹1,854 crores).

Following Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation in January, Alstom has now been able to move forward with the bid and become a successful contractor. The combined portfolio of products, signaling, engineering, and services allows a significantly increased offering for customers across India and the Asia Pacific Region, the company said in a statement.

“These are exciting times, and this first order, following our merger with Bombardier Transportation demonstrates our continued commitment towards partnering in the country’s Make In India mission,” said Ling Fang, region president, Alstom Asia Pacific.

“We are glad to have been awarded this prestigious project by MMRDA and look forward to commencing work on this. Alstom is proud to play a part in strengthening the country’s infrastructure and providing world-class mobility solutions to the commercial capital of India,” he added. The Line is a 35.3-kilometer-long elevated corridor with 32 stations. The planned opening of the line is 2022. It will connect Thane and Wadala.

Alstom’s product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, trams, and e-buses to integrated systems, customized services, infrastructure, signaling, and digital mobility solutions.

It will provide interconnectivity among the existing Eastern Express Roadway, Mono Rail, the ongoing Metro Line 2B (D N Nagar – Mandale), and the proposed Metro Line 5 (Thane – Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar – Vikhroli).

Mumbai Metro Line 4 & 4A is expected to reduce the current travel time by 50%to 75%, depending on road conditions.

Alstom has previously delivered trains for other metro projects in Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Kochi, and Line 3 of Mumbai Metro as well. It has six industrial sites across India — in Bihar (Madhepura), Andhra Pradesh (SriCity), Tamil Nadu (Coimbatore), Gujarat (Savli and Maneja), and West Bengal (Kolkata), employing 8,000 people.

Meanwhile, Alstom also won a contract worth €3.5 billion from the Indian Railways authorities to manufacture and supply 800 fully electric super-powered double-section locomotives of 12,000 horsepower (HP). This project marked the biggest foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indian Railways sector. With this contract, the country joined the league of nations to produce high horsepower locomotives indigenously. The locomotives are capable of hauling almost 6000 tonnes at a speed of 120 kmph.

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