Bombardier Wins Contract for Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System

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Bombardier Transportation has received a Letter of
Award from India’s National Capital Region Transport Corporation
(NCRTC) to build regional commuter and intra-city transit trains
with comprehensive maintenance services for the
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut semi-high-speed rail corridor under Phase 1
of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).

The deal involves supplying 30
regional commuter trainsets of six cars each and 10 intra-city mass
transit trainsets of three cars each, together with 15 years of
rolling stock maintenance.

The Letter of Award is valued at
approximately US$340 million
and the customer has a provision to exercise an option of
additional 90 cars and two years of maintenance.

Mr. Vinay
Kumar Singh, Managing Director at NCRTC said, “Finalization of the
Rolling Stock bid process is an important milestone in the
implementation of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System
(RRTS) project. Our partnership with Bombardier Transportation to
supply 100 per cent locally manufactured train sets for the entire
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS with over 83 per cent local content
will be a shot in the arm for the Make in India initiative of the
Government of India. We are confident that together we will
deliver this transformational project in time to fulfill the
aspirations of the residents of the National Capital Region
contributing to improvement in their quality of life.”


Bombardier's Savli site near Vadodara in India will manufacture the new RRTS trains . Click to enlarge.

The trains will be
manufactured at Bombardier’s Vadodara sites in India. The rolling
stock will be designed at the Global Engineering and Technology
Centre in Hyderabad, India and local teams will provide
maintenance services through two project and maintenance depots
in Duhai and Modipuram.

The 82-kilometre Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will
boast a 180 kmph design speed, first of its kind rolling stock in
India for regional transit services and will be implemented in
phases between the cities.

The corridor will have 24 stations and
besides offering high-speed commuter services, the
infrastructure will also be used for offering local transit
services in Meerut. The trains will reduce travel time from Delhi
to Meerut to less than 60 minutes and daily expected ridership is
around 800,000 passengers.

Local transit services between Meerut
South and Modipuram Depot Station will have 13 stations over 21
km.

Rajeev
Joisar, Country Leader for India at Bombardier Transportation,
said, “We are proud to be chosen to deliver India’s flagship
regional rapid transit system project which will expand public
transport in the national capital and connect adjoining
fast-growing cities. Our new trains will be truly designed and
manufactured in India, and they will enhance passenger comfort and
safety … This project award for India’s first and most
advanced semi-high-speed regional trains, together with
maintenance services, reaffirms Bombardier’s pioneering position
in India’s rail industry. This is also the first project in India
for regional and local transit services operating on the same
network, progressively realizing India’s vision for the multi
modal integration of transport networks.”

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