Alstom Successfully Delivers The First Trainset for The Meerut Metro Project

These new advanced state-of-the-art trains are designed for a safe speed of 135 km/h and operational speed of 120 km/h with an aerodynamic front.

Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, MD NCRTC and Mr. Olivier Loison, MD, Alstom India and the management committee of NCRTC at the flag off.
Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, MD NCRTC and Mr. Olivier Loison, MD, Alstom India and the management committee of NCRTC at the flag off
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GUJARAT (Metro Rail News) – Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has successfully delivered today the first indigenously manufactured trainset for Meerut Metro to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), as part of a contract signed by Alstom in 2020 for the delivery of 210 cars for the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS). The first trainset was flagged off at a ceremony held at Alstom’s manufacturing facility at Savli in Gujarat, in the presence of Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs & Petroleum & Natural Gas (virtually), Shri. Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director of NCRTC, and Oliver Loison, Managing Director of Alstom India.  The Meerut Metro is an urban Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) that will operate across the 25-km stretch of Line-1 (~14.80 km elevated and 4.6 km underground), connecting Partapur to Modipuram via 11 stations. For the convenience of the residents of Meerut, three stations on this line will provide connectivity to India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), connecting Delhi and Meerut. Alstom will supply thirty coaches to serve the line in 10 train sets of three cars each. The rolling stock is based on Alstom’s Adessia commuter train family, incorporating worldwide experience. The primary purpose of this Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is to serve as a feeder to RRTS and a metro for the Meerut region. 

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Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director – NCRTC, said, “Namo Bharat trains and Meerut Metro are a testament to our unwavering commitment towards the realization of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Gati Shakti National Master Plan. In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, both these services will run on the same RRTS infrastructure. The modern Meerut Metro trainsets have been designed and manufactured indigenously under the Make-in-India initiative. Alstom team has worked hard in ensuring timely delivery of these MRTS trainsets in sync with the preparedness of infrastructure.”

Commenting on the delivery, Olivier Loison, Managing Director, Alstom India, said, “The Meerut Metro project is a step forward in the country’s ambition to modernise intra and intercity rail travel, and we are delighted to be delivering our next-generation products towards realising this vision. With its connectivity to the Namo Bharat line, the combined service will drive a long-term positive impact for business and leisure travel in the northern belt.”

Designed at Alstom’s Hyderabad engineering centre and manufactured at Savli (Gujarat), these trains are indigenous, in line with the government’s Make-in-India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat ambitions. The trainset will undergo testing and validation upon arriving at the Meerut depot. 

Shri Vinay Kumar Singh MD NCRTC and Mr. Olivier Loison MD Alstom India at the ceremonial key handover of the first Meerut Metro trainset

Alstom and Meerut Metro Project Commitment

In 2020, Alstom was awarded the contract. The scope of work includes:

  • Design, build, and deliver the trainsets – 30 transit train cars
  • Design, supply and install the signalling, train control and telecommunication system, platform screen door & long-term evolution, which is completed for the ~ 17km priority section for the launch
  • Provide comprehensive maintenance services for 15 years. 

The outstanding ergonomics, safety and comfort, low life cycle costs and high recyclability make these new commuter trains an attractive, sustainable choice to promote public transport, thereby reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and fuel consumption. They help save travel costs and time and change the lives of millions of citizens by connecting suburban places with the region’s economic centre. 

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The MRTS trains:

  • Resemble the appearance of conformist metro trains 
  • Present a mix of longitudinal and lateral cushioned seating 
  • Offer a range of passenger-centric amenities, including overhead luggage racks, miniature screens within the coaches, wi-fi connectivity, and multiple USB sockets near the seats. 
  • Feature designated wheelchair spaces for individuals with disabilities and stretcher space for emergency medical transfers. Emergency communication capabilities are also integrated into the coaches, designed, and manufactured in alignment with International Safety Standards. 
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The Meerut Metro will promote the region’s balanced and sustainable economic development. The advanced, eco-friendly design will bring significant efficiencies by incorporating energy-saving technologies, including the modern car body, reliable batteries, efficient propulsion system, and regenerative braking. 

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