Chennai Metro: Alstom Gets Rs 947 Crore Contract For 26 Driverless Trains; Will Be Used On Corridor 4 From Lighthouse To Poonamallee BypassMetro station in Chennai (Jayasankar Madhavadas/Facebook)

As part of Phase-2 of Chennai Metro, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has awarded a contract worth Rs 947 crores to Alstom Transport India Limited for the supply of 26 driverless (unattended train operations) train sets with a 3-car formation each, amounting to 78 cars.

A three coach train set will have the capacity to carry 980 passengers at a time and operate at a top speed of 90 km per hour.

The contract covers the supply of driverless trains, as well as the design, manufacture, testing, and commissioning of standard gauge metro rolling stock, personnel training, spare parts supply, and defect liability.

The contract is being funded by the Tamil Nadu Government.

According to a press release from CMRL, the first driverless train will be rolled out in 2024, followed by rigorous trails and testing for driverless train operation.

Phased delivery of all trains is planned under the 40-month contract.

In phase-1, Alstom produced 52 trains for CMRL.

Rs 63,240 crore was announced by Finance Minister (FM) Nirmala Sitharaman for the 118 km long Chennai Metro phase II in her budget speech in February this year.

Map of Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase - II Source : CMRL
Map of Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase - II Source : CMRL

Phase-2 consists of three lines, namely Line-3 from Madhavaram to Siruseri (45.81 km with 48 stations), Line-4 from Light House to Poonamallee (26.1 km, 28 stations) and Line-5 from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur (47 km, 46 stations).

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber