New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to procure 17 new eight coach trains as well as convert 61 more six coach trains into eight coach formations to provide more convenience to the commuters on the busy Red, Yellow and Blue lines of the Delhi Metro network.
In total, 162 new coaches are being procured which will be assembled at M/s Bombardier’s facility in Savli, Gujarat and 96 new coaches will be procured from BEML’s plant in Bengaluru. In total, 258 new coaches are being procured. These coaches are being procured specifically to cater to the requirements of the Rithala – Dilshad Garden (Red Line), Jahangirpuri – HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line) and the Dwarka Sector 21 – NOIDA City Centre/ Vaishali (Blue Line) corridors.
The new coaches will start arriving in Delhi from the third quarter of 2016 and all coaches will be delivered by early 2018. After the delivery of all the coaches, Delhi Metro will have 17 new eight coach trains and 61 eight coach trains, converted from six coach formations. The new stock would be utilized on Red, Yellow and blue lines.
The addition of these trains is expected to further control the issue of overcrowding on these busy corridors. Currently, Delhi Metro carries approximately 25 lakh people everyday on its network with the yellow and the blue lines being the busiest corridors. Presently 211 nos. metro trains are being run in 6 lines of Delhi Metro.