Indore, India (Urban Transport News): Alstom has achieved a remarkable feat by delivering the inaugural trainset for the Bhopal-Indore metro project to Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) well ahead of schedule. This achievement is particularly noteworthy, as it was accomplished in a record time of just fourteen and a half months from the Notice To Proceed (NTP). This trainset is slated for deployment in Indore, with operations set to commence in April 2024. The unveiling of a mock-up car marked this significant milestone at Smart City Park in Bhopal on August 26, 2023, with the esteemed presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, representatives from MPMRCL, the General Consultant, and Alstom.
The second trainset is scheduled for delivery by September 20, 2023, and will be assigned to Bhopal. These state-of-the-art, lightweight trains boast a top speed of 80 km/h and will operate along a 31 km line in Bhopal with 30 stations, as well as a 31.5 km line in Indore with 29 stations. In total, 27 trainsets with a 3-car configuration will be allocated to Bhopal, while 25 will serve Indore. Each trainset offers seating for 50 passengers and standing room for 300 more.
Oliver Loison, Managing Director of Alstom India, expressed his pride in the early delivery of the first trainset for the Bhopal-Indore metro project. He emphasized that the addition of the metro system will modernize the infrastructure of Bhopal and Indore, both recognized as smart cities in India. These trains will provide a safe, reliable, efficient, and affordable mass transport system while contributing to economic activity. Alstom has a strong partnership with India in the pursuit of sustainable mobility.
Under the 'Make in India' campaign, the Bhopal-Indore Metro trainsets are being entirely manufactured in India at Alstom's advanced rolling stock manufacturing facility in Savli, Gujarat. As part of the contract awarded in July 2022, Alstom is responsible for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 52 standard gauge Movia metro passenger trainsets, each consisting of 3 cars, with 15 years of comprehensive maintenance. The contract is valued at €387 million (over INR 3200 crores) and also includes the installation of a state-of-the-art Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling system, along with train control and telecommunication systems, each with seven years of comprehensive maintenance. This marks the second combined order of this nature in India for Alstom, following the Agra-Kanpur metro projects.
The Movia metro family offers cutting-edge technology combined with reliable components and has a successful track record in several global cities, including London, Delhi, Stockholm, and Singapore. These air-conditioned cars prioritize eco-friendly design to eliminate hazardous substances, creating a safer environment for passengers. The trains are equipped with modern, energy-efficient propulsion systems with regenerative braking, contributing to sustainability and reduced energy consumption. Features like ambient lighting and smart light solutions further enhance energy efficiency. A Train Control and Management System (TCMS) has been adopted with an automatic track inspection system embedded for error-free high-speed data transmission. The highest standards of safety and security are ensured through continuous CCTV surveillance and a direct communication channel with the train operator and control center in case of emergencies. Intelligent CCTV features include the identification of unattended objects and empty train detection for passenger counting during emergency evacuations. The trains also provide dedicated space for wheelchair users.