The first Metropolis metro train for Chennai Phase-I extension is ready for dispatch from the Alstom factory in Sri City to Chennai Metro Rail depot, where slow and high-speed routine tests will be performed before entering services.
The remaining nine trainsets are currently under various stages of manufacturing and is expected to be delivered by the end of February 2020.
The new trains will serve the 9-km metro extension from Washermanpet to Thiruvottriyur / Wimco Nagar. The value of the project is estimated at Rs.3770 crore (USD 2.6 billion).
Initially, Alstom and Chennai Metro Rail Limited signed a USD 243 million contract for the delivery of 42 Metropolis train sets. In 2018, Chennai Metro awarded Alstom a contract for the supply of 10 additional metro trains with the same configuration and specifications as supplied for the first phase.
The stainless-steel trains are equipped with air-conditioned and have electrically operated automatic sliding doors, offering comfort and easy access to passengers.
Being equipped with a regenerative braking system, the train ensures significant energy savings.
The Metropolis metro train for Chennai can operate at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
In February, Chennai inaugurated the last 10-km section of the first metro corridor, bringing the total length of the line at 45 km.