On September 10, Alstom confirmed it has been awarded a EUR 315 million contract for the supply of 248 metro cars (31 eight-car trains) for Mumbai Metro Line 3. For Alstom, this is the biggest rolling stock contract in India in the urban sector.
While the complete designing and development of the metro cars will be undertaken out of Alstom’s Bangalore (India) engineering centre, the 248 metro cars will be manufactured from its state-of-the-art rolling stock manufacturing unit at Sri City in Chennai (India).
Under the contract, Alstom will be responsible for training of operating and maintenance staff for Mumbai Metro Line-3 system as well. It is also the first time that the metro cars will have 75% motorization, as stipulated in the MoUD (Ministry of Urban Development) guidelines, enabling quick acceleration and deceleration thereby bringing about greater efficiency in operations. The trains will be also equipped with regenerative braking system aiding significant reduction in carbon emissions. In addition to the above features, it will be also the first UTO (Unattended Train Operation) project in Mumbai and second in India after Delhi Line L7/8.
Line 3 is a 33.5-km long underground stretch connecting the busiest and congested regions in Mumbai – one of the fastest growing cities in India. The metro line will connect Cuffe Parade business district in the extreme south of the city to SEEPZ in the north-central with 26 underground and one street-level station. Line 3 will be the first underground metro line in Mumbai and will be one of the biggest underground continuous stretches in India.