CHENNAI (Metro Rail & Steel): Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has inked a supplementary contract valued at Rs 269 crore with Alstom, the renowned French multinational rolling stock manufacturer, to acquire an additional 10 sets of driverless trains for its forthcoming phase-II operations. The contract was formalized by Rajesh Chaturvedi, the director (Systems and Operations) of Chennai Metro Rail, and Rajeev Joisar, the commercial director of India & South Asia at Alstom Transport India Limited.
This supplementary agreement encompasses various facets such as the supply, design, manufacture, testing, commissioning of standard gauge metro rolling stock, personnel training, spare parts provision, and defect liability. The timeline for completion of this project is estimated to be around 28 months. The intended operation and maintenance of these newly procured trains are slated to take place from the maintenance depot currently under construction in Poonamallee, situated within Metro Corridor-4.
This deal is an extension of the contract originally awarded to Alstom Transport India Limited on November 17, 2022. The earlier contract entailed the supply of 26 driverless train sets, each configured with a three-car formation, totaling 78 cars. With this recent procurement, the total count of trains ordered rises to 36, all comprising three-car formations, thereby aggregating to a fleet of 108 cars, as per a press release.