Noida Metro | Chinese firm to supply coaches for Noida Metro

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Noida: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for supply of trains with CRRC Nanjing Corporation Limited, a Chinese state-owned rolling stock manufacturer, for the Noida-Greater Noida track, on Thursday.

The Rs 800-crore deal has been finalized more than two months after the financial bids for the supply of rolling stock for the project were finalized. CRRC will supply 76 coaches for the 29-km Metro corridor by May 2017. Each Metro car will come at a cost of about Rs 11 crore.

According to DMRC officials, the deal was signed between president/GM Li Dingnan of CRRC Nanjing Corporation Limited’s and H S Anand, director (Rolling Stock), DMRC, at Metro Bhawan in Delhi in the presence of Mangu Singh, director DMRC, and other senior officials of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).

DMRC officials said, the delivery of trains will be done in about 76 weeks or earlier. “Trains should start coming in before 76 weeks and should be in place by May 2017. These 76 coaches are the corridor’s requirement up to 2021,” said an official.

The trains will support four coaches each as against the earlier plan of three-coach trains. Officials said the number of cars have been increased following DMRC’s experience and study of traffic patterns.

A total of 19 trains will run between Noida and Greater Noida at a frequency of 10 minutes initially and five minutes later to address the peak-hour rush.

Each coach will having the capacity of carrying 370 passengers. With habitation expected to increase in the future, DMRC could increase the rolling stock to six-coach trains in the future. The longer trains will cater to the expected traffic along the route between the twin cities, officials said.

The proposed design for the Metro coaches has already been approved by Rama Raman, chairperson, of the three authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas. The coaches would be state-of-the art and laced with modern technology. A model of the coach has been readied and approved, said NMRC officials.

Once the track is in place it would not only provide a fast link between the two townships but also bring these places closer to the national capital. The track is expected to be commissioned by December 2017. Estimated to cost Rs 5533 crore, the track is to have Sector 71 in Noida as its originating station, while the last station will be in Bodaki, Greater Noida.

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