Alstom's first metro in India enters commercial service

Alstom’s first metro in India entered service in the city of Chennai on the first phase of line 2 from Koyambedu to Alandur.
Alstom’s first metro in India entered service in the city of Chennai on the first phase of line 2 from Koyambedu to Alandur.
Alstom’s first metro in India entered service in the city of Chennai on the first phase of line 2 from Koyambedu to Alandur.

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Alstom’s first metro in India on Monday entered commercial service in the city of Chennai on the first phase of line 2 from Koyambedu to Alandur.

The line covers 10 kilometres and includes 8 stations. Present at the inauguration were chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Pankaj Kumar Bansal, managing director, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), Bharat Salhotra, managing director, Alstom Transport India, as well as key government officials and other prominent dignitaries.

More than 80,000 passengers are expected to travel per day on the new metro line.

In 2011, Alstom was awarded a contract worth €243 million for the supply of 42 metro trainsets (168 metro cars) for the Chennai Metro in India.

As part of its global strategy to reinforce customer proximity and better address the rising demand for mobility in several cities in India , Alstom has set up a manufacturing plant in Sri-City in 2012.

Close to 80% of the Metropolis trainsets ordered by CMRL were manufactured at the new plant, while the first nine train sets (36 metro cars) were produced at Alstom’s factory in Lapa, Brazil.

Alstom has already delivered 25 out of 42 trains for this project. Alstom has also carried out the design of track works for the Chennai metro project .

The 4-car Metropolis train can carry more than 1,200 passengers and is equipped with air-conditioning, a passenger information system with LED displays - including dynamic route maps in Tamil and English - CCTVs , luggage racks and special sections for ladies and people with reduced mobility.

The stainless steel trainset is equipped with a regenerative braking system ensuring significant energy savings. The metro will operate on 25 KV AC through an overhead catenary system at speeds of up to 80 km/h.

Alstom is the second largest metro supplier in the world with more than 4,500 Metropolis sold to over 20 cities.

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