BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL)’s plan to convert all 50 existing three-car trains into 6-coach ones is likely to be delayed.
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), which manufacturers Metro coaches, on Friday in a release, stated: “Against a BMRCL contract of 192 cars, BEML has so far supplied 105 cars for conversion into 6-car train sets and the rest will be delivered by June 2020, which will help decongest Bengaluru.”
BMRCL had earlier set September 2019 as the deadline for the conversion, which was later extended to March 2020. However, even the March 2020 deadline is unlikely to be met now. Namma Metro’s average daily ridership is 4.5 lakh and each of the six-car trains can carry up to 2,002 passengers compared to the maximum capacity of 975 in three-car trains.
The coach behind the loco pilot’s cabin is reserved for women. Trains on both lines are packed during peak hours and women commuters are the worst hit. Commuters using Green Line services are massively affected due to chaos at stations, especially Majestic.
In March 2017, BEML received a Rs 1,421 crore contract from BMRCL to supply 150 intermediate Metro coaches by December 2019. On September 2, BMRCL had said all Purple Line trains were running with six-car trains and only two six-car trains were deployed on the Green Line.
Bids invited for signaling work BMRCL has invited a tender for design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of signaling and train control and communication systems for Reach 5 of Phase 2. The 18.8km from RV Road to Bommasandra (Reach-5) is fully elevated with 16 stations and is likely to be operational by 2021.