InnoTrans: Bombardier marks delivery of additional metro cars for Delhi Metro
22 September 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Bombardier Transportation has marked delivery of the first metro car for the Delhi Metro from an order for 162 additional vehicles.
At a ceremony marking the occasion at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, Bombardier celebrated delivery of the first of 162 additional metro cars for the Delhi Metro. The occasion saw Benoît Cattin-Martel, President of Bombardier Transportation’s Asia Pacific Region, present a commemorative metro car key to officials led by HS Anand, Director of Rolling Stock from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC).
162 additional MOVIA metros to increase capacity on Delhi Metro
The order, placed in June 2015, will increase DMRC’s existing fleet of Bombardier MOVIA metros from 614 to 776. Initially, the new vehicles will accommodate 1,740 passengers in a six-car configuration and are specifically adapted to suit Delhi’s existing infrastructure. Once configured into eight-car sets, the trains will carry as many as 2,400 passengers providing a much needed additional capacity on two of Delhi’s main metro lines.
“The addition of these cars will go a long way in providing safe and comfortable travel to our valued commuters.”
Commenting at the ceremony HS Anand said, “These new cars are being procured by Delhi Metro for services on its presently operational red, blue and yellow lines. These cars will be put into service in a phased manner after the mandatory tests and trials. The addition of these cars will go a long way in providing safe and comfortable travel to our valued commuters.”
Benoît Cattin-Martel added, “The high degree of localisation executed in the project at Bombardier’s Savli and Maneja sites fulfils the requirements of the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign and Delhi Metro’s indigenous procurement plan that encourages local manufacturing.”
He continued, “Our energy efficient trains have helped the city of Delhi improve mobility and manage pollution levels as well as provided effective public transport during the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Our vehicles have also contributed to Delhi Metro receiving UN carbon credits, a world’s first for a metro project.”