Alstom starts manufacturing of Mumbai Aqua Line new trains

Alstom has announced that it has launched the manufacturing process for Mumbai Aqua Line (Line 3) at its factory in SriCity, Andhra Pradesh, with the first metro train expected to be delivered in November 2020.

Under a EUR 452 million contract with Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), Alstom will deliver 31 8-car lightweight, fully-furnished modern metro trains. The new trains will feature a host of safety elements including CCTV cameras, smoke detectors, emergency intercoms, fire extinguishers with wider detrainment doors to quickly evacuate passengers in case of an emergency. The inclusive design of trainsets will serve to the differently-abled individuals with ease of travel and includes dedicated space for wheelchair in every car. The overall exterior and interiors of the trainset are inspired by the undying energy of Mumbai and its people who are always on the move and hustle all day long.

“Themed on Dynamic Fluidism that takes inspiration from the city, the train prioritises high interior density layout to maximise space efficiency. The trainsets will be able to accomodate at least 3000 people on a single trip, easing daily commute for Mumbaikars,” said Alain Spohr, Managing Director of Alstom India and South Asia.

In August, Maharashtra authorities have unveiled the design of the new metro train and in November, the MMRC has presented a life-sized mock-up Metropolis train for Line 3.

The Line 3 will have a length of 33.5 km, served by 27 stations, which is expecting to carry 1.39 million passengers by 2021.

Alstom will also train maintenance and operations staff for the project. It is also the first time that any metro train in India will have 75% motorization, enabling quick acceleration and deceleration thereby bringing about greater efficiency in operations. The trains will also be equipped with regenerative braking system aiding significant reduction in carbon emissions. In addition to the above features, it is the first UTO (Unattended Train Operation) project in Mumbai.

In addition, Alstom will also execute the power supply contract and equip Line 3 with Urbalis 400. The scope of the signalling contract includes unattended train operation (UTO), computer-based interlocking and centralised train supervision, an integrated telecom solution comprising of CCTV, passenger information, passenger annoncement and Giga bit network, platform screen doors, as well as the electrical and mechanical supervisory control and data acquisition system (E&M SCADA).

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