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BEML to supply coaches for Bangalore Metro

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: BEML Ltd. has bagged the order for supplying 150 coaches, valued at about Rs. 1,673 crore, for Bangalore Metro.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, BEML Ltd. chairman and managing director V.R.S. Natarajan said the company was likely to get the order for supplying 63 more coaches when the Metro service was expanded. The first coach would be supplied to the Bangalore Metro in October 2010 for trial runs, he said.

The winning bid was made by a BEML-led consortium which included the Japanese conglomerate, the Mitsubishi Group, and Hyundai Rotem, a Korean manufacturer of rolling stock. While Mitsubishi would supply the traction for the coaches, Rotem would supply some components. BEML would “integrate, test and commission the coaches for Bangalore Metro”, Mr. Natarajan said.

He said the Bangalore Metro would be the second Metro system in the country which would use the standard gauge (1,435 mm). The company was to initially supply 150 cars for use in 50 three-car trains. These cars were to be supplied between October 2010 and December 2012, he said. The company had also won a contract from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the supply of coaches. The company was developing “low-cost” cars for use in Tier-II cities.

Mr. Natarajan said BEML aimed to reduce the cost of such coaches to Rs. 6 crore apiece, from the current level of Rs. 10 crore per coach. These coaches would be rolled out in 18 months, he said.

BEML was also the lead institution for a centre of excellence for Metro development. The company was to invest Rs. 9 crore in the Rs. 134 crore project, Mr. Natarajan said. The centre would develop, design, build prototypes and develop technologies that would arrest obsolescence, he added.

The company had also won the order to supply the first stainless steel cars for use in the suburban railway networks in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. BEML was to supply 32 cars worth Rs. 32 crore.

Mr. Natarajan said the VAT exemption given by the State Government had enabled BEML to emerge as the lowest bidder in the tender floated for the supply of coaches for the Metro project.

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