CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Alstom has won the contract for building 78 coaches or 26 trains for the stretch from Poonamallee to Light House in the Chennai Metro’s Phase II project, as per sources. The firm may manufacture trains for a section of the Phase II project of the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) as they also manufactured the trains for Phase I project.
As per the officials of CMRL, the firm will produce three-coach trains and will be given a little more than two years. “Though this tender had to be finalised a few months ago, there were some issues that had to be ironed out. Fresh tenders were floated and Alstom was the lowest bidder. We will formally award the contract to the firm within a few weeks,” an official said.
The three-coach trains’ length will be about 66 metres and they can carry about 900 passengers at once. This is in contrast to Phase I project trains where CMRL chose four-coach trains with a capacity of 1,200 people. Even though the capacity seems lower, the CMRL plans to add three more coaches to make them six-coach trains.