DELHI (Metro Rail News): After the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) opened technical bids today, five train manufacturers filed bids to supply 288 coaches (48 trains) for Delhi Metro Phase 4’s Package RS17.
The DMRC had invited tenders for these train cars in June 2021, with a delivery deadline of 236 weeks (4.5 years). Their purchase is funded by Rs. 8,390 crore loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The new trains for Phase 4 must be 3.2 metres wide, lightweight, stainless steel, and adhere to the standard gauge track system. They must also be suitable for CBTC signalling for Unattended Train Operations (UTO) complying with Grade of Automation level 4.
Alstom Transport India Ltd., BEML Ltd., CAF India Pvt. Ltd., JSC Metrowagonmash and Titagarh Wagons Ltd. Were involved in the bidding process.
Trains will be stabled at the following maintenance depots:
- Line-7 (Pink Line): Mukundpur (existing) and Vinod Nagar (existing)
- Line-8 (Magenta Line): Kalindi Kunj (existing) and Mukundpur (upcoming)
- Line-10 (Silver Line): Sarita Vihar (upcoming)
Some of the brief scopes are – PART A: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing, Commissioning, Training of 234 Nos. Standard Gauge Cars for Extended Sections of Line 7 & 8 AND PART-B: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing, Commissioning, Training of 54 Nos. of Standard Gauge Cars Including Comprehensive Maintenance up to Fifteen Years for These 54 Nos. Standard Gauge Cars for Aerocity – Tughlakabad Corridor.
The Russian company JSC Metrowagonmash is a surprise entry, but the other four are regular bidders for Indian rolling stock contracts.
All five bids have been submitted for technical bid evaluation, which can take several months. The financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will next be opened to determine who is the lowest bidder and most likely supplier.
As previously reported, DMRC introduced a condition allowing a maximum of 72 coaches (12 trains) to be manufactured in an off-shore factory outside of India to promote the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Make in India) mission. To meet the bid terms, the contractor must establish facilities locally, either independently or with an Indian partner.
The Delhi Metro now has 2294 coaches in its fleet, which will increase to 2582 after Phase 4’s RS17 order is completed by the end of 2028.
The contract consists of two parts:
- 90 coaches (15 x 6 coaches) for the Pink Line’s 12.558 km extension (Mukundpur – Maujpur) and 144 coaches (24 x 6 coaches) for the Magenta Line’s 28.92 km extension (Janakpuri West – RK Ashram)
- 54 coaches (9 x 6 coaches) for the 23.622 km new Silver Line (Aerocity – Tughlakabad)