Agra Metro Rail: Draped In Yellow, First Rake Arrives From Gujarat
The French Rolling Stock major, Alstom, has delivered its first train set to Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) for Agra Metro Rail Project.
The first rake of three metro coaches was brought via road to Agra and successfully unloaded at Agra Metro's PAC Depot on Monday (6 March).
Under the ‘Make in India’ and ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ initiatives, these metro trains are 100 per cent indigenously manufactured at Alstom's rolling stock manufacturing facility in Savli, Gujarat.
Initially, the trains will be tested on the 1 km long test track built inside the depot for all equipments and safety features.
Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had virtually unveiled Agra Metro trains’ final design with yellow stripes in August last year.
Contract to Bombardier
In July 2020, UPMRC had awarded a combined contract to Bombardier Transportation (BT) to design, build and deliver 201 standard gauge metro cars and signalling system for Agra and Kanpur Metro Project with a provision for supply of an additional 51 metro cars.
With Alstom acquiring Bombardier Transportation (BT) on 29 January 2021, it is now responsible for the delivery of Kanpur and Agra metro rolling stocks and signalling, including scope of all BT technologies.
Valued at approximately Rs 2,051 crore, Alstom’s scope on the Agra-Kanpur metro project includes delivery of 201 metro cars (67 units of MOVIA metro three-car trainsets) and advanced signalling solution.
In total, 87 coaches will be delivered to the Agra Metro i.e. 29 train sets of three coaches each and will include six trains for the Priority corridor.
The metro trains for Agra Metro Project carry a distinct yellow colour and they are equipped with ultra-modern technology and seamless design.
Built with light but strong stainless-steel car bodies, the air-conditioned cars will have automated sliding doors, comfortable seating and standing spaces.
The trains will be equipped with FLEXX metro bogies and the MITRAC propulsion system to increase energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, and ensure the new trains meet the highest environmental standards.
Each train will accommodate approximately 960 passengers in the three-car configuration.
The 29.4 km Agra Metro has two corridors with 27 stations.
The 14 km first corridor between Taj East Gate and Sikandra is now under development and has 13 stations — six elevated and seven underground.
The second corridor to be built between Agra Cantt and Kalindi Vihar in Agra City will be 15.4-km-long and will be completely elevated with 14 stations.
Currently, the construction work on 6-km Priority Corridor between Taj East Gate to Jama Masjid on Corridor 1 is nearing completion. It has three elevated stations — Taj East Gate, Basai and Fatehabad Road and three underground stations — Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Jama Masjid.
The Priority Corridor of Agra Metro will be operational for the people of Agra, by the beginning of 2024.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of Agra Metro Project in December 2020.
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