KUALA LUMPUR (Metro Rail News): SMH Rail has been awarded a contract to supply 40 monorail cars to Mumbai in a project worth US $85 million. The Mumbai monorail, which partially opened in 2014, is the first monorail in India. It is implemented and operated by MMRDA.
The contract commissioning for the additional 10 sets of four cars each includes design, manufacture, supply and testing, with expected completion within the next two years.
In a statement on Friday, the Rawang-based SMH Rail Sdn Bhd said it got the contract from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to supply the monorail rolling stock together with its Indian partner, the Hyderabad-based Medha Servo Drives Pvt. Ltd.
The procurement of the additional cars from SMH Rail is expected to improve the frequency of its monorail services and increase ridership by allowing the possibility of shortening intervals to as low as five minutes between each train.
According to SMH Rail, various refinements had been introduced to make the new cars lighter, thus decreasing the load on the guideway and piers, while being able to carry 10% more passengers.
Datuk PK Nara, chairman and managing director of SMH Rail, said, “The Mumbai monorail project demonstrates the successful implementation of the ICP that provided leverage for SMH Rail to expand its capability for export by offering a level playing field in the rapidly growing global rail transport market.”
The government’s procurement policy had allowed Malaysia to establish a strong foundation to achieve competency in design, engineering and manufacturing of electric trains and locomotives in the region, he added.
“We are committed towards building innovative solutions for the global rail industry, and are pleased to offer our expertise towards developing new cars for the Mumbai monorail alongside our partner Medha Servo Drives, he said.
“With over 20 years of industry experience, we are focused on continuously delivering solutions for our global railway partners to ensure commuters in Mumbai can enjoy a more comfortable and faster travel experience,” he added.