SALVI/NEW DELHI ( Metro Rail News) – Bombardier Transportation has begun dispatching new MOVIA metro coaches to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The train coaches are being supplied from its plant located in Savli, Gujarat. This delivery is part of a 40 coach order for which the firm had been awarded a tender last year in March.
DMRC had in October 2018 invited bids for supplying a fleet of 40 new broad gauge coaches compatible with its existing RS2, RS5, RS7 and RS11 type train-sets supplied by Bombardier in the past and according to the industry experts, Bombardier was naturally the only bidder for this contract even though the DMRC went for a tender. The industry experts say that no one else other than the Bombardier transportation was able to supply the coaches demanded by the DMRC.
With an estimate of RS 562, the final contract was awarded to the Bombardier transportation for 430 crores after negotiations between the DMRC and the Bombardier transportation in March last year. Bombardier Transportation is sending these coaches from its Savi plant located in Gujarat.
It is not known yet to us about the destination of these coaches. As per the sources, it may be either the 49.31 km Yellow line’s Khyber Pass Depot in North Delhi or Sultanpur Depot in South Delhi. The sources familiar with the matter told that the DMRC has not made it clear yet and we will need to wait for knowing it. Once the coaches arrive then only it will become clear as which depot, the DMRC chooses for these coaches.
“The firm had a deadline of 100 weeks to supply all 40 coaches after the letter of acceptance was issued on May 16 2019” said one official.