Environment-Friendly Modern Coaches for Mumbai Metro’s Line 3 Underground Corridor

Each train set consists of 8 cars and is expected to reduce 35% of overall traffic, as well as decrease air and noise pollution.

Mumbai Metro Coach
Mumbai Metro Coach/Representational image only

MUMBAI (Metro Rail News ): Mumbai is getting its first fully underground metro project, known as the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Line 3. Alstom, a French rolling stock manufacturer, has designed and built 31 lightweight and fully furnished passenger train sets for this project. Each train set consists of 8 cars and is expected to reduce 35% of overall traffic, as well as decrease air and noise pollution.

The Metropolis trainsets from Alstom are renowned for their energy-saving capabilities and safety measures. They are built on the idea of “Dynamic Fluidism,” drawing influence from the city. These trains have a configuration that maximises internal space efficiency and allows each trainset to transport 3,000 people in a single journey. With a unique design and various configurations, it offers excellent performance using reliable components and innovations. The trains also adhere to eco-design standards, with 99% recoverable and 96% recyclable materials and components.

Here are the eco-design achievements of the Mumbai Line 3 project:

Efficient Energy Utilisation: The trains require 8.40 kWh per passenger per kilometre. Alstom aims to reduce energy consumption by 25% for all its product lines by 2025.

Noise Level Reduction: Alstom has successfully reduced the noise levels below the approved limit of 82 dBA at a speed of 75 km/h.

Environmentally Friendly Design: According to calculations based on the ISO 22628 standard, the trains are 96% recyclable and 99% recoverable.

Sustainable Material Usage: The project adheres to applicable regulations and does not use any prohibited substances.

Additionally, Alstom is installing Urbalis 400, the most recent CBTC signalling system, on the line. This technique lowers energy usage by 30% while increasing average capacity in staffed services and unattended railway operations by 30%.

The day-to-day operations of the metro line, including management of stations, trains, and maintenance, will be handled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). With over 20 years of experience running and maintaining the Delhi Metro, the DMRC has been a pioneer in the Indian metro rail industry. It will be governed by key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure clean, hassle-free, and efficient services for the people of Mumbai. This operation and maintenance contract marks a significant milestone for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) in operationalising the line.

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