BEML delivers India's first standard gauge metro car

BEML delivers India's first standard gauge metro car


Karnataka Chief Minsiter B.S. Yeddyurappa flags off India's first standard Gauge Metro Car for Delhi Metro at BEML Limited, in Bangalore on Friday. PTI

The Broad Gauge Metro train is a four car formation, comprising two driving trailer cars and two motor cars with a capacity to carry 1,506 passengers.

The air-conditioned cars have been designed and manufactured to meet global standards with regard to passenger comfort and safety, are corrosion resistant and have an aesthetic exterior with a stainless steel car body and fire retardant GFRP interior panels, BEML said.

The cars have electrically automated passenger doors to ensure passenger safety.
BEML has bagged a Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) order worth Rs 1,672.5 crore for the supply of 150 metro cars. The first set is expected to be delivered by October 2010 for test purposes.
The aluminium wagon of 80 tonne capacity with bottom discharge are durable, capable of carrying larger loads and require less maintenance.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa symbolically handed over the Metro Car to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) Managing Director E Sreedharan at a function here. The 80 ton aluminium wagon was handed over by the Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa to NALCO CMD C R Pradhan.

The stainless steel air-conditioned coaches are indigenously manufactured at Bharat Earth's Bangalore complex under technology transfer from Rotem of South Korea.

Though Rotem shipped the first four-coach train set of standard gauge to Delhi Metro in March, Bharat Earth will supply 196 cars for the second phase.
The value of the order is estimated to be Rs.1,365 crore.Karnataka Chief Minsiter B S Yeddyurappa, MoS Railways K H Muniyappa, MoS Defence Pallam Raju and DMRC chief E Sreedharan outside the cockpit of India's first standard Gauge Metro Car for Delhi Metro, during its flag off at BEML Limited, in Bangalore on Friday. PTI
The standard gauge car has a single glass pane unlike two separate panes in the broad gauge cars.
Other features are closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, power supply connections to charge mobiles and laptops, better humidity control and microprocessor controlled disc brakes.
“When we commission the second phase, commuters of broad gauge in the first phase will have to switch over to the standard gauge for travelling on the new lines at transit hubs,” Sreedharan told reporters.
Delhi Metro will hereafter use standard gauge coaches as per international norms. Each set of four cars has a capacity to carry 1,300 passengers.
“We plan to place an order with BEML (Bharat Earth) for supply of 60 additional cars for the third phase to be built from Delhi to Faridabad in Haryana,” Sreedharan said.
Indigenisation of Metro cars has reduced the coast by 10 percent.

"Increasing localisation and great vendor participation will lower the cost by 15-18 percent when BEML designs and develops cost-effective coaches,” Sreedharan said.
Bharat Earth will also supply 46 sets of six coaches each to Delhi Metro, which currently operates about 220 coaches over 62 km.
The company has an order from Bangalore Metro Rail Corp for supply of 150 standard gauge cars at an estimated cost of Rs.1,673 crore. The first set of cars is slated for delivery by October 2010 for test purpose.

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