Metro coaches will roll in from China by mid-2022


Rest assured, the project is still on track, CRCC is finalising design for plant


China’s CRRC Corporation Ltd will begin supplying Metro coaches by mid-2022, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) said, clearing the doubt that the project was cancelled. Officials said the company — which bagged the Rs 1,600 crore tender to supply 216 coaches — is currently finalising the design of its upcoming manufacturing plant at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh.

“We will start getting supply in the second half of 2022. We had placed orders for 216 coaches. The first 24 coaches will come from China. The remaining 192 coaches will be manufactured in India. The supplies will go on till 2023,” a senior BMRCL official told Bangalore Mirror.

Out of the 216 coaches, 126 will operate on the Purple line (Whitefield – Kengeri) and Green lines (Silk Institute – Madawara). The rest of the new 90 coaches or the 15 six-car trains will be used on the Yellow line between RV Road and Bommasandra. These 90 CBTC complaint-coaches are able to run at high frequency without the train operator (driverless).

There were, however, questions on whether the contract with the CRRC’s subsidiary CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co Ltd is still on track as the lowest bidder had not started ground work for setting up the plant in the neighbouring state, although the project was awarded in December 2019. The company was given about three-and-a-half years to supply all the coaches. Earlier, the BMRCL had expected the delivery of the coaches to begin in the third quarter of 2021 but the schedule is expected to be re-worked due to the pandemic-caused delays.

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We had placed orders for 216 coaches. The first 24 will come from China. The remaining 192 coaches will be manufactured in India. The supplies will go on till 2023

–A senior BMRCL official

The delay in supply of rolling stock is unlikely to disrupt the operations as the civil works pertaining to Namma Metro’s Phase II network too are behind schedule, coupled with a drop in ridership due to pandemic. Almost all stretches including an extension towards Whitefield, Kengeri and Electronics City have been delayed by at least two years.

The BMRCL is currently planning to use the existing but under-utilised 50 trains on Phase II extensions which will be commissioned before the new coaches arrive. The frequency of trains on both Green and Purple lines, however, might drop once the Kengeri stretch is ready for inaugural. The southern extension of Green Line was inaugurated last week.



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