Alstom to supply trains for Bhopal and Indore metro projects

Both contracts include train maintenance and CBTC and telecommunications systems.

Alstom will supply trains for the new Bhopal and Indore metros.

MADHYA Pradesh Metro Rail has awarded Alstom a Rs 32 billion ($405 million) contract to supply 156 Movia metro cars for the Bhopal and Indore metro projects. The 80 km/h trains will be built at Alstom’s production site in Savli, Gujarat.

Alstom will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 52 three-car standard gauge Movia metro trains, including 27 for Bhopal and 25 for Indore. Alstom will also maintain the trains for 15 years.

The order includes the supply and installation of the latest generation of communication-based train control (CBTC) and telecommunications systems, each with a seven-year maintenance contract.

The Rs 80bn Bhopal Metro – locally known as Bhoj Metro – is a planned six-line 104.87 km network. The first two lines are under construction: line 2 of 15 km and line 5 of 12.88 km.

Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, plans to build a 124 km network starting with the 31.5 km yellow line. This circular line will include 24 km of overhead track and 7.5 km underground. However, construction has not yet started. mainly due to funding issues. The Asian Development Bank reportedly agreed to finance the project with the Indian government as guarantor.

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