Bengaluru: BMRCL to procure 318 coaches; platform screen doors at UG stations | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A day after Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with the Centre to provide loan of Rs 3,717 crore for the Namma Metro’s phase 2 (R6, 2A and 2B), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) invited Expression of Interest to appoint a general consultant.
The selected consultant is expected to assist BMRCL to procure 318 coaches, CBTC signaling and platform screen door systems on its Pink Line and Light Blue Line (phase 2A, phase 2B).

The 80-km rail network (funded by JICA) for Phase 2 covers line Pink Line (22km from Nagawara – Gottigere), Light Blue Line (20km from Silk Board – KR Puram) and Light Blue Line (38km from KR Puram–Kempegowda International Airport terminal).
BMRCL is expected to finalise the general consultant by the end of May.
Of the 318 coaches to be procured includes: 96 coaches each (16 six-car trains) on Pink Line (Kalena Agrahara – Gottigere) and Light Blue Line (Silk Board – KR Puram).
It will deploy 126 coaches (21 six-car trains) on Light Blue Line (KR Puram – Airport).
BMRCL has also decided to install Platform Screen Doors at underground stations on the upcoming corridors: 12 underground stations on Dairy Circle-Nagawara and two partially at-grade and underground stations at Airport City and KIAL terminals on K R Puram- Airport corridor.
TOI carried an article titled ‘Platform screen doors likely at new underground Metro stations’ on December 5, 2018.
PSDs act as barriers between the platform and the tracks and help prevent untoward incidents. Metro rail corporations in Delhi and Chennai have already installed PSDs, which also keep platforms cooler by preventing the air generated by ACs from flowing into tunnels.
Installed in sync with Metro coach doors, PSDs open only after the train stops
BMRCL will also appoint another consultant to inspect CRRC’s manufacturing activities for 216 new coaches.
In February 2020, BMRCL had awarded a contract to China’s CRRC Corporation Ltd to provide 216 coaches.
CRRC’s subsidiary, CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co Ltd, received the contract to supply rolling stock for Metro’s Phase 2 project. CRRC has committed to manufacture 34 (204 coaches) out of 36 (216 coaches) train sets in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.
The 216 coaches include 126 coaches (21 six-car trains) for Purple and Green Lines and remaining 90 coaches (15 six-car trains) for Yellow Line (R V Road-Bommasandra).
The consultant will be responsible for site visits, inspections and factory acceptance tests to ensure the quality of coaches.


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