India’s National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) awarded Bombardier a EUR 314 million contract for the supply of regional trains for Delhi-Meerut rail system.
Bombardier will deliver 40 new regional trains (210 cars) of which 30 six-car regional commuter trainsets and 10 three-car intracity mass transit trainsets. The contract includes the provision of comprehensive maintenance services, for 15 years. Under the agreement, NCRTC can exercise an option for 90 additional cars and two years of maintenance.
The regional trains will enter services on Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut semi-high-speed rail corridor.
The trains for Delhi-Meerut rail system will be 100% locally manufactured, with over 83% of local content. This agreement is part of Make in India initiative promoted by India’s government.
The new regional and intracity trains will be designed at the Global Engineering and Technology Centre in Hyderabad and local teams will provide maintenance services through two project and maintenance depots established by Bombardier in Duhai and Modipuram.
This is the first project in India to include maintenance services as part of rolling stock tender process.
“Our new trains will be truly designed and manufactured in India, and they will enhance passenger comfort and safety. This is also the first project in India for regional and local transit services operating on the same network,” said Rajeev Joisar, Country Leader for India at Bombardier Transportation.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut rail corridor will have a new 82 km line allowing trains to run at speeds of 180 km/h. The new line will be served by 22 stations of which 16 will be regional stations and the other six stations will be in Meerut, in Uttar Pradesh. The 18-km long metro section between Modipuram and Meerut South with 12 stations on the new infrastructure will meet the local mobility needs of Meerut citizens and will provide efficient regional connectivity.
Recently, NCRTC selected Larsen & Toubro to perform the construction works for the new railway line.
The trains will cover the distance between Delhi and Meerut in less than 60 minutes, reducing the travel time by 75%. It is expected that the daily ridership will reach 80,000 passengers when the new connection will be put into commercial operation.