Staff Reporter

Massive deal with Montreal firm

NEW DELHI: Montreal-based Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract worth 590 million dollars to supply 340 rail cars to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The company’s Berlin-based railway equipment division has announced that Movia cars will be produced at engineering and manufacturing locations in India, supported by sites in Germany and Sweden.

The trains will be delivered next year and will be completed in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “In the Phase II expansion of Delhi Metro, the modern high-capacity vehicles will transport a staggering 4 million passengers every day, reducing their journey time and alleviating the heavy traffic congestion and pollution caused by more than 1 million cars that commute in New Delhi every day,” said a release issued by the company.

“Some of the greatest cities in the world such as New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Shanghai have chosen Bombardier metros to provide modern mobility for their citizens while reducing traffic congestion and helping their cities breathe,” said André Navarri, president of Bombardier Transportation, in a statement, adding: “We are very excited to be able to add the city of New Delhi as a new metro customer.”

The Movia metro vehicles are configured in four car sets with capacity for 1,480 passengers.

The vehicles integrate the world’s most advanced technologies in metro vehicle manufacture, such as stainless steel car bodies and Mitrac-propulsion and control system featuring IP technology.

Main production in India

The car bodies, bogies and propulsion system for the first units will be manufactured by Bombardier sites in Germany and Sweden and thereafter the main production will be undertaken by Bombardier in India. The propulsion system for 60 four-car units will be produced by Bombardier’s site in Baroda; 77 four-car units will be manufactured by other Bombardier sites in India.

In Asia, Bombardier metro cars are in service with operators in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.