Alstom Transport has unveiled the first ‘Made in India’ car-body shell for Kochi Metro, marking the start of production of rail coaches at its manufacturing facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India.
As part of a contract awarded in 2014, Alstom is scheduled to supply 25 Metropolis train sets to serve on the 25.6km-long Kochi network. The contract comes with an option to supply 25 additional metro sets.
Expected to deliver the initial train sets in early 2016, Alstom will design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission the 25 standard track gauge trains.
Composed of three cars, the 65m-long trains will have a maximum speed of 80km/h and a capacity to carry up to 975 passengers.
Alstom recently secured two more contracts to supply signalling, telecom and electrification solutions for project.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) managing director Elias George said: “KMRL expects that our rolling stock will be one of the fastest delivered coaches for any metro project in this country with the most modern design and advanced technology, while also being cost-effective.
“Efforts have been taken to enhance the customer experience to all possible aspects in the train.”
Alstom Transport India managing director Bharat Salhotra said: “The order from Kochi is our second metro contract in the country after Chennai, and reaffirms our commitment to provide 100% localised, competitive, innovative and high-value products for our customers to serve the ever-growing urban and mainline transportation market in India.”