Bangalore (Metro Rail News): Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has again pushed the deadline to convert all its three coach train sets into six-coaches. The new deadline is December. Earlier, BMRCL had planned to convert all 50 of its three-coach trains from Phase One by September. The deadline has been pushed because the testing of each coach is a time-consuming process.
A senior BMRCL official said that we are converting three to four trains each month into six-coach ones. We have been receiving two to three new train sets every month to be added to our existing three-coaches, but they cannot be immediately inducted. Every night after the operations are over, we start running the new coaches to test them according to our safety standards. Once satisfied, we add them. So far, we have 15 six-coach trains running on the Purple line and one six-coach train running on the Green Line. The former is a more popular route. By December, we aim to induct all 50 trains as six-coaches in the Purple and the Green line.
The official added that in total, 268 trips are being run every day on the Purple and the Green line of the Metro. Riders say that six coaches are better as not the trains are less crowded and there is also a separate reserved coach for women. In the second phase, we have only called tenders for six-coach trains so that we do not have to convert them later.
BMRCL official said that in the second phase, we have only called tenders for six-coach trains so that we do not have to convert them later
BMRCL spokesperson BL Yashavanth Chavan said that the additional coaches for conversion are being supplied by Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) and the total cost of conversion into six coaches is Rs 1421 crores.
Tenders have been called for 216 new trains for Reach Five of Phase Two of Metro. 42 new train sets for extension of Phase One (East-West and North-South corridors) of Metro are also being supplied by BEML at a cost of Rs 362 crores. We are yet to call tenders for trains for Reach Six. The first six-coach train was introduced to the Purple Line in June 2018 and in January this year, it was added on the Green Line.