UP Metro’s ‘Make In India’ Move, Contracts Given To Indian Consortium

LUCKNOW || In a move that is set to give impetus to prime minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India slogan, the UP Metro Rail Corporation has awarded the contract for Supply, Testing & Commissioning of 201 cars for 67 trains of 3 car each along with Train Control & Signaling System for Kanpur and Agra Metro projects to Indian consortium M/s Bombardier Transport India Pvt. Limited, an official informed.

In the tender invited on international competitive bidding, four international firms participated in the tender submitted in UPMRC on February 18, 2020. After a very detailed technical evaluation by the UPMRC team, the Chinese bidder got technically disqualified in the bidding process.

Financial packages of the three technically qualified bidders were opened in UPMRC and the tender has finally been awarded to the lowest bidder M/s Bombardier Transport India Pvt. Ltd. on 3rd July 2020. These state of the art modern stain-less steel trains will be manufactured by M/s Bombardier Transport India Pvt. Ltd. in Indian Plant at Savli in Gujrat.

Previously, UPMRC had won accolades and recognition for achieving the fastest delivery of first train-set in a record 64 weeks period for Lucknow Metro Phase-1A project, thereby achieving the distinction of fastest Metro project implementation in the Country in less than 41/2 years period (36 days ahead of schedule). This could be made possible because of the successful implementation of the combined package for Rolling Stock & Signaling.

UPMRC is committed again to replicate the same achievement in the delivery of Kanpur and Agra Metro Projects and has set an extremely tight deadline of 65 weeks from now for the delivery of the first train-set from Bombardier. The strategy of an integrated Rolling Stock & Signaling package for Kanpur and Agra Metro projects will again help in achieving the target schedules.

Managing Director of UP Metro Rail Corporation Kumar Keshav stated that the MRTS proposed in Kanpur and Agra is characterized by a short inter-station distance of about one km between the stations, having a maximum design speed of 90 kmph & schedule speed of 80 kmph.

The selection of technology for trains for UP Metro is governed primarily from design considerations for energy-efficient, reliable, comfort to passengers in terms of riding quality, lower noise level, and environmental friendliness. The body shell of cars made of stainless steel is lightweight.

On similar lines with that of Lucknow Metro, the state of art signalling system based on “Communication-based Train Control” (CBTC) with Continuous Automatic Train Control System (CATS) has been selected.

After successfully restarting civil construction in full swing at Kanpur Metro site post lockdown, the award of contract for Rolling Stock and Signaling System will not only boost the economy but will also, bring the people of Kanpur and Agra closer to their dream of having their own metro.

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