Bengaluru: The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) has received the first set of six-car metro train unit from Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) on Saturday. In an official release D K Hota, Chairman and Managing Director of BEML said that they delivered the unit to A K Kundu, Director, Rolling Stock, KMRCL, at a function organised in the city.
KMRC had awarded the contract worth nearly Rs 900 crore for supply of 84 standard gauge metro cars (14 trains) to BEML for its East-West Metro Line through an international competitive bidding.The carrying capacity of each rake is 2,068 passengers and it has a maximum operation speed capability of 80 kmph.
“BEML is providing world class metro coaches to urban metro transport. The state-of-the-art metro trains are indigenously designed, developed and manufactured by BEML. The public sector concern has so far supplied 1,300 Metro cars to Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur”, said Hota while speaking on the event.
“BEML Ltd will dispatch the second rake after the first one reaches Kolkata. After that, we hope to get the delivery of one rake every month till we have 5-6 of them to start services for Phase-I between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium. We plan to launch commercial services along this stretch by the Pujas this year. Before that, the rakes and other infrastructure will undergo rigorous trials,” an official added.
KMRC also plans to make necessary traffic arrangements with the police for the movement of the trailers along the city streets. Their route through the city has not been fixed yet. The trailers will travel via NH6 towards Kolkata but may not take the Kona Expressway and the Vidyasagar Setu.
According to another official, “They may be taken to Salt Lake via the Nivedita Setu and Belghoria Expressway. Otherwise, they would have to pass right across the city. When they are close to Kolkata, we will sit with the police and make necessary arrangements. In all probability, they will travel at night through the city when movement of other vehicles can be controlled. Obstructions like height barriers may also have to be temporarily removed.”