First train for Bhopal – Indore metro delivered

Bhopal – Indore metroMadhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) has received the first train for Bhopal – Indore metro, which was “built in record time of fourteen and a half months from its Notice To Proceed (NTP)”, Alstom says.

The Movia trainset will be deployed to Indore, which is set to be operational from April 2024. The mock-up car was unveiled at Smart City Park, Bhopal on 26 August 2023, by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in the presence of MPMRCL, the General Consultant and Alstom.

The second trainset expected to be delivered by 20th September 2023, will be deployed to Bhopal. These ultramodern, light-weight trains will operate at a top speed of 80 km/h, across the 31 km line in Bhopal with 30 stations and the 31.5 km line in Indore with 29 stations.

27 of the 3 car configuration trainsets will be for Bhopal while 25 trainsets will be for Indore. The trains have a capacity for 300 stating passengers and 50 seats.

The trains are powered with modern energy efficient propulsion systems with regenerative braking, making them a sustainable alternative to other modes of transport, thus reducing energy consumption.

Features such as ambient lighting and smart light solutions further help in energy saving. Train Control and Management System (TCMS) has been adopted with an automatic track inspection system embedded to ensure error free and highspeed data transmission. The highest standards of safety and security have been ensured with continuous CCTV surveillance and a direct communication channel with the train operator and the control centre, in case of distress. The intelligent CCTV features also include unattended object identification and empty train detection (passenger counting in Emergency evacuation).  The trains also have dedicated wheelchair space for specially abled persons.

The trains for Bhopal – Indore metro project are manufactured under the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, 100% being build at Alstom’s plant in Savli, Gujarat.

In July 2022, Alstom was awarded a EUR 387 million contract for the supply of 52 Movia metro trains with 15 years of comprehensive maintenance. The contract includes the installation of the CBTC signalling system as well as train control and telecommunication systems with the provision of maintenance services for seven years.

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