Indian PSU BEML Beats Alstom, Bombardier To Bag Rs 3,015 Crore Contract For Driverless Mumbai Metro Coaches

Indian PSU BEML Beats Alstom, Bombardier To Bag Rs 3,015 Crore Contract For Driverless Mumbai Metro CoachesA Mumbai Metro Coach (Facebook)

Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a PSU, has bagged the contract for the supply of metro cars for Mumbai Metro. The order includes manufacturing of 63 Metro trains with six cars each totalling to about 378 Metro cars for the Mumbai Metro Corridor 2A, 2B & 7, as reported by Metro Rail News.

BEML bid was the lowest among Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, CRRC, Titagarh and Hyundai Rotem. The price per coach stands less than Rs 8 Crore which includes spares, design, installation, and commissioning.

Some features include driver-less train compatibility, energy friendly regenerative brake system and a stainless steel body with four doors on each side.

Trains will be delivered between October 2020 and December 2022. The Asian Development Bank is supporting the project. BEML has earlier delivered trains but in partnership with international companies.

Line 2A will connect Dahisar to DN Nagar in Mumbai. Line 2B will run further from DN Nagar to Mankhurd via Bandra, and line 7 runs from Dahisar to Andheri (east).

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has standardised the specifications for metro rolling-stock, signalling, telecom, electrical and civil components. MoHUA has also specified that a minimum of 75 per cent coaches procured against any tender has to be manufactured in India. Due to this move Alstom, Bombardier, BEML, and Titagarh have set up manufacturing units in India.