First Train Set Built For Pune Metro Flagged Off In Italy, To Be Lightest With High-Efficiency

First Train Set Built For Pune Metro Flagged Off In Italy, To Be Lightest With High-EfficiencyFirst train set built by Titagarh Firema for Pune Metro flagged off in Italy (MoHUA)

Titagarh Wagons, a railway wagon manufacturer based out of Titagarh in West Bengal, held a virtual ceremony to mark the flag-off of its first train manufactured for Pune Metro.

The manufacturer’s subsidiary in Europe, Titagarh Firema, was awarded a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of 34 trains of three coaches each to MahaMetro on 12 September 2019.

Despite the severe challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has been able to design and manufacture a new train set in a short time of 22 months.

Titagarh Kolkata has started producing the Made-in-India metro train in its newly upgraded plant, and its first train will be delivered by December 2021. Delivery of all 34 trains is scheduled for March 2024.

“Happy to learn that the first train sets manufactured for the Pune Project of Maha Metro by Titagarh Firema SpA Plant in Italy were flagged off for shipment today. They are scheduled to arrive in Pune in September, 2021,” Durga Shankar Mishra, secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, said.

“These ultra modern metro coaches combine the highest safety standards with modern Italian styling and are not only light weight with Aluminium body, resulting in low carbon emission and better fuel efficiency but offer the most high safety and convenience features in the train,” he added.

The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation, a 50:50 jointly owned company of the government of India and the Government of Maharashtra, is the executing agency of the Rs 11,420 crore Pune Metro project.

Pune metro consists of two corridors, namely 17.4 Km long PCMC - Swargate with 14 stations and 15.7 Km long Vanaz - Ramwadi with 16 stations.