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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 months.

At the moment, there are six coaches in each of the trains. However, the capacity will be increased by adding two more coaches to each of the trains at a later stage. For Ahmedabad Metro Rail, procurement of rolling stock was done at a cost of just over Rs 11 crore per coach.

MMRC will be procuring standard gauge (1435 mm) train system. The train cars will be 22.6-metre-long and 3.2-metre-wide with 4 gates per train.

The pre-qualification (PQ) bids were invited following procurement guidelines of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which is funding 57% of project cost. The PQ applications were received and opened on Tuesday.

Commenting on the bids received from companies, director (projects) and acting managing director MMRC S K Gupta said, “In order to cater to heavy passenger loads, the state-of-the-art rolling stock will be procured, which will also be equipped with the features of driver-less train operations”.

The contract includes design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of metro trains.

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