Chennai: The first metro train of the Phase-1 extension project of the Chennai Metro was flagged-off by Shri. Pankaj Kumar Bansal IAS, Managing Director, CMRL , along with Mr. ODIN Bruno Alstom, Managing Director for rolling stock and components at the Alstom Sri City facility on 19-10-2019.
- Last year in March, in respect of Phase-I Extension Project, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has awarded the contract to the consortium of M/s Alstom Transport, France and M/s Alstom Transport India Limited for the supply of 10 train sets with the same configuration and specifications as supplied to Phase-I project.
- The train sets are being manufactured at the Alstom’s factory at Sri City, near Tada, Andhra Pradesh.
- The cost of the supply is about Rs.200.00 crores, with loan assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
- The manufacturing of the train sets have commenced in February 2019.
- The trains have undergone various tests and inspections such as car-body dimensional checks, water tightness check, static routine traction and brake tests, etc. which is witnessed and approved by CMRL.
- The first train set is now ready for dispatch from the Alstom factory, Sri City to CMRL Depot at Koyambedu.
- L. Narasim Prasad Director (Systems and Operations) BOHRA Dinesh, Head of Projects and MD Services Vijay Subramanian , Site MD have participated in the event.
- On arrival of the train sets, further tests such as slow speed and high speed routine tests at the Depot and mainline will be performed before deploying it to the passenger service.
- The remaining 9 train sets are under various stages of manufacturing and the same is expected to be delivered by the end of February, 2020.
- The Phase – I of Chennai Metro Rail Project covering a distance of 45 km is fully operational from 10-02-2019.
- The 9.051 Km Phase-I Extension project from Washermanpet to Thiruvottriyur / Wimco Nagar is being implemented at an estimated completion cost of Rs.3770 crore.
- The construction works are under steady progress and is expected to be completed in June 2020.