BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): The problems among India and China is expected to hit Namma Metro construction work and the city’s progress to shift to electric mobility.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) had bestowed a contract to China’s CRRC Co Limited to give 216 coaches for Phase 2, in Feb. CRRC’s subsidiary, CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co Ltd won the contract had performed to manufacturing 204 out of 216 coaches at their plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.
Now due to the border tension and is a growing demand to boycott the Chinese companies. As per BMRCL official, the contract was approved in Feb and there is no rethinking as of now.
In fact, Chinese rolling stock manufacturers also supplied and received orders for few other Metro projects as in Mumbai, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai & Noida.
The firm is likely to begin supply from September 2021. 4 firms — CRRC, Alstom, Bombardier & BEML, competed in the tender. BEML quoted 1 of the highest rates despite having an area advantage.
Tunnelling work among Vellara Junction-Pottery Town with a distance of 5.5-km stretch is supposed to be affected too. L&T, the contractor for Vellara Junction to Pottery Town Metro had ordered 4 tunnel boring machines from China Railway Construction Heavy Industry.