Alstom India, the train set and related systems manufacturer has commenced the manufacturing of metro train sets for Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) at its Sri City, Andhra Pradesh facility. The first metro train after testing is to be delivered by November 2020.
The company is also planning to double its manufacturing capacity to 480 train sets per annum from present 240 train sets. It will also increase number of its employees from current 5000 to 8000.
Alstom’s Mumbai Metro Line 3 Project
The total contract worth between Alstom and MMRC for Line 3 is €452 million. The scope of work includes manufacturing of 31 lightweight, fully-furnished modern metro trains of 8 cars each. Alstom will also be commissioning the power supply contract and equip Line 3 with Urbalis 400, its latest generation of CBTC signaling technology. The signaling contract will comprise of unattended train operation (UTO), computer-based interlocking and centralized train supervision; an integrated telecom solution comprising of CCTV, passenger information, passenger announcement and Gigabit network; platform screen doors, as well as the electrical and mechanical supervisory control and data acquisition system (E&M SCADA).
In a statement released by the company, Mr. Alain Spohr, Managing Director of Alstom India and South Asia said, “This will be the new face of transportation for the commercial capital of India. Mumbai is a global city and it is set to get a world-class metro experience. The train sets are custom-designed for Mumbai. Themed on Dynamic Fluidism that takes inspiration from the city, the train prioritizes high interior density layout to maximize space efficiency. The train sets will be able to accommodate at least 3000 people on a single trip, easing daily commute for Mumbaikars.”
Other Features of the Train sets
For the first time in India these metro trains would have 75% motorization which would enable quick acceleration and deceleration, bringing efficiency in operations. It will also have regenerative braking system significantly reducing energy consumption. In addition to these features it is the first UTO (Unattended train Operation) project to be executed in Mumbai.
Need for Two-fold Production Capacity
The Sri City factory is currently executing orders for Chennai Metro, Montreal Metro and Mumbai Metro Line 3. In addition to this, Alstom recently won a contract with Sydney’s NRT to supply the rolling stock and signaling system for the next stage of Sydney Metro. Twenty three six-car fully-automated Metropolis trains for the project will be manufactured at the aforementioned facility.
The domestic and exports production is a mix of 50:50 at present and the company is comfortable with this mix. It has a localisation of around 75 per cent in India.
Scope for Cable Sector
Alstom’s and other similar metro rail projects being executed in India are generating lot of demand for Indian cable manufacturers. XLPE Cables, FRLS cables, LSZH, Signalling and Balise cables are some of the major cable types required in a metro project.
About Alstom India
Alstom India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alstom SA, France. Currently, the company is executing metro projects in several Indian cities including Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow where it is supplying Rolling Stock from Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh.
In the Mainline space (Indian Railways), Alstom is executing Signaling & Power Supply Systems for the 343 Km. section on World Bank funded Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. The company has around 3600 employees currently.