Friday, March 29, 2019

Alstom gets 90 mln euro Mumbai, Pune Metro contract


PUNE: French rail transport company Alstom has bagged the contracts for providing the Mumbai and Pune metro projects with the Urbalis 400, which is Alstom's new Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) technology.

The entire contract has been given for a lump sum amount of over €90 million. Awarded by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the Mumbai Metro has received the contract which will provide the CBTC technology, coupled with state-of-the-art telecommunication system for the three elevated lines. The 2A, 2B and 7 metro lines combined together will make one of the most extensive signalling projects in the country. 

It will provide a huge scope of designs, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Urbalis 400. This contract also includes supply and commissioning of on-board equipment for 63 trains. The telecommunication segment will cover areas such as s public address systems, passenger information display systems, fibre optic transmission systems, CCTV, and access control systems.

Meanwhile, the Pune Metro was awarded the contract by the Maha Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL). The contract will provide with Urbalis 400 for Corridors 1 and 2, to control 31 trains on a stretch of 32 kilometers. The metros will run at higher frequencies and speed with utmost safety.

On this recent development, Alain Spohr, Managing Director for India & South Asia said, "We are proud to have been selected by our customers for these prestigious projects. Our cutting-edge technologies will help enhance the quality of life of the citizens of both Mumbai and Pune and will contribute to the overall development of the cities. We are also proud to be a key partner, via these projects, in the growth of sustainable transportation in the region."

Mumbai and Pune are the among the fastest growing cities in the state of Maharashtra and both the cities are heavily infested with vehicular traffic, air quality and road safety. To tackle with the problem, Mumbai will have metro lines in areas where the suburban rail network does not reach. Whereas in Pune, the metro will provide as an alternative mode of transit, and counter air and noise pollution.

Alstom's Urbalis has been a success in over 30 cities across the globe. With constant up gradation and innovation, the system proves to be efficient for heavy ridership metros.


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