Chennai Metro Rail Limited awarded Alstom a EUR 98 million (INR 798 crores) contract to design, manufacture, supply, test, and commission 26 three-car metro trains for Chennai phase II.
Alstom will deliver 78 metro coaches that can operate at a top speed of 80 km/h and will also ensure the training of personnel. With 25 KV power supply for optimal energy efficiency, Metropolis metros will ensure safe and reliable passenger transport for over 11 million citizens of the city.
The metro trains are designed and engineered to run driverless enabled with Unattended Train Operations (UTO). These trains can completely run-on signals and its operations will be monitored from the Operations Control Centre (OCC).
In line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ vision, the metro trains for Chennai will be 100% indigenous manufactured at one of Alstom’s largest urban rolling stock manufacturing facilities, in Sricity, Andhra Pradesh. This facility has an annual capacity of producing 480 cars and a strong portfolio of catering to several domestic and international metro projects.
The new trains will operate on a 26 km line served by 28 stations, 18 of which will be elevated and 10 underground. The line will connect Poonamallee Bypass and Light House.
The Chennai phase II covers the construction of three metro corridors totalling 118.9 km, with 73.6 km elevated sections and 42.6 km underground lines. The three corridors will be served by 128 stations, 80 of which will be elevated and 40 underground.
In 2014, Alstom started the production of Metropolis trains for Chennai metro phase I. the French manufacturer delivered 208 metro cars for the 54 km of first phase including the extension of Corridor-I from the Airport to Wimco Nagar and Corridor-II from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount. These trains are equipped with Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO), and regenerative braking system ensuring significant energy savings. In addition to this, the company has successfully designed, tested, and commissioned the track-works covering 45 km of corridors I and II for the Chennai Metro.