BEML Ltd, an Indian state-owned rolling stock manufacturer won a USD 427.3 million (Rs30.15 billion) contract for the supply of 378 metro cars (63 six-car trainsets) for Mumbai Metro Corridor 2A, 2B and 7.
The driverless trains will be delivered stating 2020 and the last batch of trains will be delivered by the end of 2022. The trains will be manufactured at BEML factory in Bengaluru.
Each coach of the train will have a capacity of 300 passengers. The new trains will be equipped with CCTV and real-time information system.
BEML has earlier also supplied metro coaches in smaller numbers but along with an international player as a JV partner. For this contract, BEML partnered with Hitachi, but only for some designs, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) said.
Metro line 2A will connect Dahisar to DN Nagar in Mumbai. Metro line 2B will run further from DN Nagar to Mankhurd via Bandra, and Metro line 7 from Dahisar to Andheri (east).
The project is supported by the Asian Development Bank and the procurement has been done following its guidelines and concurrence.
Seven bidders participated at the international tender, and BEML submitted the lowest offer. The other six bidders were Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, CRRC, Titagarh, and Hyundai Rotem.
India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is focused on metro market development and production localisation. The Ministry has standardized the specifications for metro rolling-stock, signalling, telecom, electrical and civil components. It has also adopted the Public Procurement Order, Make in India, for metro rail systems. The ministry has also stipulated that minimum 75% of the coaches procured have to be manufactured in India. Alstom, Bombardier, BEML, and Titagarh have setup manufacturing units in India. As a result of the “Make in India” initiatives, the last two big procurement orders for rolling stock in India, floated on international competitive bidding model, have gone to Indian companies. This has also resulted in substantial reduction in cost.
Also for Mumbai metro, Alstom announced in September it has won a EUR 315 million contract for the supply of 248 metro cars (31 eight-car trains) which will enter services on 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).