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


Kolkata Metro | Archaeological Survey of India permits construction of metro project

Kolkata: A major roadblock in building the East West Metro corridor was removed with the Archaeological Survey of India granting permission today to build the track and a station near three monuments in the heart of the city.

The ASI today submitted to the Calcutta High Court a copy of its order permitting the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) to lay the underground metro line and build Mahakaran station at Dalhousie area, near the heritage Currency Building.

The office of the regional director and competent authority in West Bengal of the National Monuments Authority (NMA) today submitted a copy of its permission order to bench of Justice Dipankar Datta, removing a major impediment in laying the metro line.

Nandini Bhattacharya Sahu, the competent authority, granted permission for construction of the Mahakaran Met


Delhi Metro | DMRC launches cashless token sale/smart card recharge facility at TVMs

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today launched the cashless token sale/smart card recharge facility by using Credit/Debit Cards at the Token Vending Machines (TVMs) installed at the metro stations of the DMRC network. This facility was inaugurated by DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh, at the Lal Quila Metro station of Line-6 in the presence of senior DMRC officials. With this facility, the commuters will now be able to use the unattended Point of Sales (POS) terminals at the TVMs by using PIN authentication through their debit/credit cards. Delhi Metro also becomes the first-ever metro system in the country to introduce unattended POS terminals with Debit/Credit card facility.

The facility will currently be available at all the 6 TVMs and 2 RCTMs (Recharge Card Terminals) at the Lal Quila Metro Station only. Subsequently, the facility will be rolled out at 36 TVMs/RCTMs of the ITO-Kas


Delhi Metro | Overhead wire snaps, disrupts metro service on Dwarka – Noida line

New Delhi: The services on the Delhi Metro’s blue line remained affected for over an hour this evening after an overhead wire snapped near Noida sector 15 station.

The breakage of the wire, on the line going towards Dwarka, forced the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to run the train services on a single line between Noida sector 16 and Yamuna Bank stations, the DMRC said.

The running of trains were affected from 5.31 pm to 6.44 pm after which the services were completely restored, a DMRC release said.

To ensure that commuters were not left stranded, train services were run on a single line, through the down line, between Noida sector 16 and Yamuna Bank stations, it said.

Short loop services were also introduced between Noida Sector 16 and Noida City Centre stations, it said.


Bangalore Metro | President Pranab Mukherjee flagged off Namma Metro Green Line

Bengaluru: Kochi got its first metro line today, while Bengaluru too added a line to the existing Namma Metro under Phase 1 of the mega project. Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched the Kochi Metro at 11 am today, while President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new line of the Bengaluru Metro around 7:30 pm. PM Modi took a ride on the Kochi Metro. He was joined by other dignitaries including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu as well as E Sreedharan, popularly known as India’s ‘Metro Man’.

The underground section will connect Nagasandra in the northern part of the city with Yelachanahalli in the southern part, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola said. The commercial operations will be thrown open from Sunday on Reach 4, 4A and the underground section of the 24.2 km Green Line.

The section, marking a 12km-stretch, will not only bring south Bengalu


Lucknow Metro | Principal Secretary (Housing & Planning) visits LMRC project

Lucknow: Shri Mukul Singhal, Principal Secretary, Department of Housing & Planning, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh today visited Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) and reviewed the progress of the Lucknow Metro Rail Project with regards to the commissioning of the Metro ‘Priority Corridor’ in the coming days.

The Principal Secretary was accompanied by Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro who explained him LMRC’s overall operational preparedness with respect to the start of the public services of Metro in the Capital.

Shri Singhal first visited the Transport Nagar Metro Depot where he oversaw the state-of-the-art world class Metro workshop cum maintenance facilities provided at the Depot. Shri Kumar Keshav briefed him about the Operations Control Centre (OCC) from where the entire operation of the train movement and its control would be controlled on real-time by the Chief Controller stationed at the OCC.

He also visited the Software Dev


Kochi Metro | PM Narendra Modi flags off Kerala’s first metro in Kochi city

Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of Kochi Metro today at Kaloor International Stadium. While delivering the inaugural address, Prime Minister pointed out that his government  had prioritised three key sectors – Urban infrastructure, Railways and Power in the Make in India programme.

“The city’s population has been rising steadily, and is expected to reach 23 lakhs by 2021. Therefore, a mass rapid transport system is essential to address the increasing pressure on urban infrastructure. This will also contribute to Kochi’s economic growth,” PM said while stressing on the need for MRTS for urban development.

Prime Minister began his speech in Malayalam and expressed his joy in joining the glorious moments of Kochi for completing the project in record time. PM stated that Kochi Metro would be viewed as a model project in urban public transport system with zero carbon emission level.

“In PRAGATI meetings, I have personally reviewed nearly 1