Kochi: ALSTOM has been awarded two contracts worth over Euro 65 million from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to supply signaling, telecom and electrification solutions for the new Kochi Metro line. The projects will be implemented in early 2016 and commercial service for first section is scheduled to begin in March2016.
25 Alstom Metropolis trains will circulate on the new Kochi metro line which is 25 km long and includes 22 stations. In the beginning, these trains will carry up to 15,000 passengers per hour and direction.
Alstom is in charge of the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Urbalis 400, its Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution. It controls the movement of trains, allowing them to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety. Alstom’s Urbalis has been in service for 12 years on more than 40 metro lines worldwide.
In addition, Alstom will provide an integrated telecom solution comprising of radio, CCTV, Passenger Information Display System, Passenger Announcement System and Giga bit network to guarantee comfort and security of passengers. Alstom will be also in charge of the manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 750V third rail traction electrification and auxiliary substations (ASS) and associated SCADA systems.
“Alstom is pleased to be awarded two more contracts for the city of Kochi after being awarded a contract related to metro train sets in 2014.These are the first contracts awarded to Alstom in India for telecom and electrification as well as for our CBTC-based signaling solution. Through our complete range of systems, Alstom is well positioned to support metro project developments across India. Our solutions are not only advanced but are equally competitive and innovative”, said Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice-President of Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific.
While the engineering will be led by Alstom’s site in Bangalore in India, equipment for the projects will come from Villeurbanne (France) and Bologna (Italy) sites.
Alstom has been present in India for more than a century. The company has recently opened a new facility at SriCity to build metro train sets and has a manufacturing unit in Coimbatore for traction systems and an engineering unit specialized in signalling solutions in Bangalore. Alstom has strong references in the country both in signalling and trains, including the metro train sets for Chennai and the signalling systems provided for Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur metros.