CRRC begins construction of metro coach manufacturing plant in Sri City

Anushka Khare Posted on: 2021-03-09 07:41:00 Viewer: 8,578 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Nellore

CRRC begins construction of metro coach manufacturing plant in Sri City (CRRC Metro Coach Plant Design | Photo CRRC India)

Sri City, India (Urban Transport News): CRRC India, a subsidiary of the Chinese rolling stock and components manufacturer CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co., Ltd., has commenced construction of its new facility centre to manufacture coaches for metro rail projects in India.

On March 3, 2021, CRRC India has organised a ground-breaking ceremony followed by Bhoomi Poojan in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) Vice Chairman and Managing Director K Raveen Kumar Reddy performed the ‘Bhoomi Pooja’, in the presence of CRRC director (operations) Harsh Bajpayee and Sri City founder & Managing Directo Ravindra Sannareddy and Chennai Metro Rail Corporation (CMRCL)'s Additional General Manager (Roling Stock) Satheesh Prabhu.

Once started, this will be the second metro coach manufacturing plant in Sri City after Alstom Transport. This plant will be developed on a 45.3-acre land parcel in the Domestic Tariff Zone (DTZ). For this, CRRC had awarded a civil contract worth Rs. 136.54 crore to Ocean Lifespaces India in July 2020. 
CRRC had announced an investment of Rs 350 crore and create 500 jobs.

With Alstom and CRRC in its kitty, Andhra Pradesh would be supplying around 80% of the requirements of metro projects across the country, Raveen Kumar said, while appreciating Sri City for its quick as well as sustainable growth.

“With an investor-friendly industrial policy, the state is developing multi-sector or sector-specific industrial clusters in different districts covered under Vizag-Chennai, Bengaluru-Chennai and Hyderabad-Bengaluru industrial corridors and APIIC is equipping them with infrastructure on the model of Sri City”, he explained, indicating that business delegations from Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea had already visited some of the clusters and evinced interest to invest.

“The arrival of the world’s largest producer of metro coaches will make a great difference in increasing the country’s production capacity,” Sannareddy said.
In his ‘virtual’ address, CRRC India chairman Zeng Yao Zheng attributed his preference of Sri City to its well-planned infrastructure, thanking the Central and State governments for the opportunity.
In India, CRRC won the supply of Metro coaches for Noida Metro (76 cars), Mumbai (64 cars), Kolkata Metro (112 cars), Nagpur Metro (69 cars) and Navi Mumbai Metro (24 cars).
At present, there are four metro coach manufacturing plants working in the different part of India.

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