Alstom Secures Rs 867 Crore Contract For Bengaluru Metro Phase 2 Signalling System

V Bhagya Subhashini

Jun 13, 2024, 04:19 PM | Updated 04:19 PM IST

A metro station in Bengaluru.
A metro station in Bengaluru.

Alstom has been awarded a 96.2 million euros (Rs 867 crore) contract to design, manufacture, supply, install, test, and commission a fully automated communications-based train control signalling system for Bengaluru Metro's upcoming Phase 2 corridors.

The contract, granted by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), includes the training of personnel and a five-year annual maintenance agreement.

To enhance passenger safety, full-height platform screen doors will be installed at all underground stations on the Reach 6 corridor and the airport-line terminal. Additionally, half-height platform screen gates will be installed at an at-grade station in the 2B corridor.

This is the first time such platform screen doors will be used on the metro's corridors, offering benefits such as significant energy savings by reducing air-conditioning needs and preventing suicide attempts.

The project aims to serve three major corridors in the Bengaluru metropolitan region. It will link the critical junction at Silk Board on Outer Ring Road (2A) to Kempegowda International Airport (2B) via KR Puram. Reach 6 will connect Bannerghatta Road to Nagavara, with interchanges at MG Road (connecting to the Purple Line), Jayadeva Hospital (Yellow Line), and Nagavara (Blue Line).

Alstom's technology will enable driverless operations across the metro's combined line length of 80.39 km, expected to alleviate traffic congestion by reducing travel time by at least 50 per cent and lowering carbon emissions. Additionally, Alstom’s rail cybersecurity solutions will address emerging cyber threats.

As per Money Control's report, Alstom will also implement its predictive maintenance tool, HealthHub, to enable real-time condition-based monitoring of trains, infrastructure, and signalling assets using advanced data analytics to predict the remaining useful life.

This approach aims to minimise operational downtime, maximise system availability, and optimise lifecycle costs. Alstom’s Urbalis communications-based train control solution will provide the highest grade of automation, commonly known as “driverless technology”, across 50 stations and three depots.

The Urbalis Vision platform will be installed at the integrated operation control centre in Baiyappanahalli, with a backup control centre at Peenya to manage and monitor train operations.

This contract marks Alstom's third engagement with BMRCL. Currently, the company is providing traction and power supply for the 33-km extension under Phase 2. In 2009, Alstom won a contract to provide the U200 signalling and telecommunications solution for a 42-km track, which was completed in 2017.

V Bhagya Subhashini is a staff writer at Swarajya. She tracks infrastructure developments.

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