Alstom to renovate 23 locomotives for Akiem

French multinational company Alstom has secured a contract from Akiem to carry out the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB 36000 locomotives to improve their longevity and reliability.

The new contract follows an initial agreement signed in April last year to conduct mid-life overhaul of seven BB 36000 trains, which were operating in Morocco.

The locomotives are expected to operate for additional 15 years following the overhaul works.

Akiem group president Fabien Rochefort said: “This technical and industrial collaboration with Alstom has allowed us to define a programme of overhauls in line with our commercial ambitions for this fleet, which we intend to deploy in France as well as in the France-Italy and central European corridors.”

The scope of the maintenance work includes bogie overhauls and obsolescence monitoring, as well as the repair and modernisation of driver’s cabins.

Alstom’s service team at the company’s Belfort site will carry out the task with the assis


Reliance Infra to consolidate transport businesses

Mumbai: Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) has initiated a process to spin off a new unit, called Reliance Transport, to take care of its interests in railway, metro, airport and road projects even as the proposed listing of Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) faces what the company calls “some procedural delays” after receiving the nod from the stock market regulator.

Analysts say that the move is to generate positive investor sentiment. A Reliance Infrastructure spokesperson said, “RInfra InvIT is on track and will be launched shortly.”

A senior RInfra official told DNA Money that four of its businesses such as roads, metro, airports and railways would be consolidated into a single strategic business unit.

“We intend to go big in the transport space,” said the source, without giving any details.

At the moment, RInfra under the Reliance Airport Developers Pvt Ltd banner operates five brownfield airports in Maharashtra – at Nanded, Latur, Ba


Kolkata Underwater Metro | KMRC completes India’s first underwater metro tunnel

Kolkata: The tunnelling work under the Hooghly river, the first such underwater project in the country, to provide metro connectivity between Howrah and Kolkata has been completed.

The tunnel is a crucial link for the 16.4 km-long mass rapid transport (MRT) project being constructed by the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) at an estimated cost of around Rs 9,000 crore.

India has joined a select band of nations. Another rare feat achieved by Kolkata after getting the first metro railway in the country in 1984.

“The KMRC team, including engineers from abroad, has completed the construction of India’s first underwater tunnel under the Hooghly river,” Satish Kumar, the MD of KMRC, said here today.

He said tunnelling from the Howrah end started in the last week of April and reached the Kolkata end on June 20.

Two tunnels, for onward and return journeys, have been bored 13 metre beneath the riverbed and 30 metre from the ground. The operation of the E


E Sreedharan | 60 years of building the country’s bridges, railway lines, and metros

Popularly known as Metroman, Dr. E Sreedharan had joined the Indian Railways Engineering Service (IRES) as an assistant engineer in 1954, and retired from the organization after thirty-six years of service in 1990. He founded Konkan Rail Corporation Limited (KRCL), spending seven years there, after which he became the managing director of DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) in 1997.

When he retired from DMRC in December 2011, he was seventy-nine years of age. At that time, having spent fifty-seven years in public service, all he wanted was a quiet life in retirement. However, he was given the task of overseeing the Kochi Metro, the monorails in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, and the construction of the south-west speed-rail track right away. He took on these new challenges at eighty-one with the same earnestness that he had displayed six decades earlier when he walked into the Indian Railways, re-embarking on a work life of non-stop travel, moving between Ponnani, Kochi, Thiruvan


Delhi Metro | DMRC starts metro trial run between Shakurpur and Mayapuri on Pink Line

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today started trial runs on the 6.5 kms stretch between the Shakurpur and Mayapuri elevated section of the upcoming 59 kms long Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar corridor (Line 7) of Phase 3, also known as the Pink Line. The Trial Runs were flagged off by Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC in the presence of DMRC Directors and senior DMRC officials. On completion, this corridor will become the longest corridor of the Delhi Metro Network.

Delhi Metro’s new UTO (Unattended Train Operations) enabled trains will operate on this corridor. The new trains, with extremely high levels of automation, will now undergo rigorous trials between these stations to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the corridor. Initially, train operators will run the trains, but gradually, driverless operations (on the UTO mode) will be possible.

During these trials, the interface of the Metro train will be checke


India-Italy Transport and Railways intelligence market-place launching soon

Mumbai: The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is happy to announce a partnership with DITECFER, District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Safety & Security, in collaboration with ArtValley which hosts projects and international forums for the Italian railway sector.

The partnership will be launched on Friday, 23rd June 2017 as “India-Italy Transport and Railways intelligence market-place” on the occasion of the International Conference “India-Italy. Industry and intellectual exchange” during the 11th METEF Fair in Verona, Italy.

The conference will see a host of participants from Italian and Indian institutions and global corporations. The partnership is meant to set-up a common platform promoting Italian technologies, know-how and solutions for the booming Indian Railways sector.

“Italian Railways provide world class solutions and cutting-edge technologies in rolling stock, rail safety and security, infrastructure and integrated projects, and subcom


Mumbai Metro | International players bid for Mumbai Metro-3 trains

Mumbai: Alstom, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), etc have come forward to supply rolling stock to Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for its Mumbai Metro-3 between Cuffe Parade and Aarey Milk Colony.

On Tuesday, MMRC received bids from European, Japanese, Chinese and Indian private companies. These submissions will now be scrutinised for short-listing of companies. The consortiums or companies who have shown interest in the project are Alston Transport India-Alstom Transport SA France, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles or CAF SA from Spain, CRRC Nanjing-CRRC Changchun-CRRC International Corporation from China, Hitachi from Japan, Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Corporation along with India’s BHEL.

As per the contract, a total of 31 trains having six coaches each will be supplied for the 33.5-km long underground metro route. The bid worth approximately Rs 2,200 crore is likely to be finalised in next couple of mon