Visakhapatnam: The Vizag Metro Rail (VMR) is likely to have as many as 98 coaches against Vijayawada’s 54, official sources in the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Limited (AMRC) said.
With a length of 22 metres and width of 2.9 metres, each coach will have a maximum passenger carrying capacity of 275 people. Each train will have three such coaches. The VMR will have one station per kilometre. Each train will move from one station to another within a minute, according to the preliminary designs and estimates of the VMR project.
According to the sources, the metro train coaches are likely to be procured from one of the three proposed coach manufacturing units — Sri City in Chittoor, Salvi in Gujarat and Japanese’s Hitachi Rail.
Meanwhile, existing transport stakeholders like APSRTC said the metro rail would eat into the revenue of the RTC, but will decongest public transportation. Ch Appalanarayana, deputy traffic manager for APSRTC at Dwaraka Bus Station, said each metro is equal to nearly six city buses. Each city bus can carry a maximum of 60 passengers.