Chennai metro plans for phase-2 to run trains on lease

Metro Rail hired around 25% of the trains that would run on 3 corridors of phase-2 to save time and cost on procurement, service and maintenance.

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CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Metro Rail hired around 25% of the trains that would run on 3 corridors of phase-2 to save time and cost on procurement, service and maintenance. This will be the 1st time a metro system would be trying out the model in the country.

Development of tunnels with the 52 km priority corridor is supposed to start the later current year and the line is expected to be ready in 5 years.

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) official stated that they would follow a wet-lease model, where the company which rents out the trains would also operate and manage them. The train would come with crew and support staff. “Once we complete floating tenders for civil work, we would begin calling tenders for systems that include trains,” an official stated.

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“It would be similar to govt departments hiring cars from an agency and letting them operate and manage them.” CMRL would procure trains from Japan for the corridor of Madhavaram-Sholinganallur and Madhavaram-CMBT, according to the provisions laid out by JICA, that is partly funding development of the extent. Trains for the remaining extension can be selected and operated from private companies.

Also, a metro official told some international companies with help from financial firms are connected in procuring trains from manufacturers and renting them to metro and subways networks abroad. “We would have 3 types of rolling stock, trains from Japan trains by international competitive bidding and by wet-lease model,” a metro official told.

“None of the metro networks in the country has hired trains but Niti Aayog is presently making it necessary for future metro projects to follow the wet-lease model,” according to the official. Running trains on lease mean Chennai Metro would only guide them.

“We do not know if we would save money by taking trains on the lease but we do not have to bother about operations and maintenance. If there is an emergency or any breakdown the contractor would control it,” an official stated. As per the DPR for phase-2 it would initially need 138 trains to cater to a predicted regular ridership of 19.2 lakh.

A wet lease is popular between airlines and is helpful when more flights require to be run to meet sudden demands. The company that supplies the plane also gives the crew.

There are significant savings when it appears to manpower training along with aircraft maintenance. Metro is planning to emulate this model where all they need to do is to assure running tracks and routes.

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