First eight-car prototype metro train of MMRC is ready for technical trials

The first four metro coaches arrived in Mumbai last week, while the last four arrived on Monday.

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Mumbai Metro Line 3's Eight Coaches trains started moving inside the test track by a battery-operated rail-cum-road shunter in Sariput Nagar.
Mumbai Metro Line 3's Eight Coaches trains started moving inside the test track by a battery-operated rail-cum-road shunter in Sariput Nagar.

MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The first eight-car prototype metro train was successfully put together using the battery-operated rail-cum-road shunter for the technical trials of Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Line-3. The shunter is the first procurement for the car depot of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC).

According to MMRC, this shunter assembled and pulled the first eight cars of a train at temporary testing track and train delivery facilities in Sariput Nagar, Aarey.

According to reports, Mumbai received its first four metro coaches last week, and the final four on Monday.

“The shunter can shunt eight cars and a train up to 9 kilometres with a fully charged battery capacity and a carrying capability of 350 tonnes” ,MMRC stated.

The metro 3 corridor between Colaba-Bandra and SEEPZ underground corridor is expected to be opened in two phases, of which phase one will be between Aarey and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Major work on the depot is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

A joint venture and Transfer of Technology (TOT) agreement with NITEQ of the Netherlands, the shunter is entirely produced by a Thane-based firm, M/s. Renmakch India Pvt.Ltd. as a part of “Make-in-India” initiatives.

The metro rail route, whose depot will be built at Aarey, is being built at a cost of 328 crore and can hold 30 metro trains.

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