At Rs 1,421 cr, BEML to supply 150 Metro cars. Additional coaches will be used to make six-car trains
BANGALORE: Commuters of Namma Metro struggling to get a place to stand can breathe a sigh of relief as Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has signed a contract to supply 150 intermediate cars for Namma Metro.
BEML said today it has won a Rs 1,421-crore contract from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) for supply of metro cars.
“BEML Ltd…has bagged a prestigious order of Rs 1,421 crore from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation for supply of 150 seats of intermediate metro cars to augment the existing 3 car trains supplied by BEML to 6 car trains,” the company said in a filing to the BSE.
A release from BEML said on Monday that the additional cars will be used to augment existing 3-car trains supplied by the company to 6-car trains. The supply of cars shall commence from June 2018, it said. It said BMRCL MD Pradeep Singh Kharola and CMD, BEML, Deepak Kumar Hota have exchanged the contract agreements for supply of intermediate metro cars to BMRCL from June 2018.
The contract is scheduled to be completed by December, 2018. BMEL has forayed into manufacturing and supply of hi-tech metro cars during 2002 and as a leading rolling stock supplier has so far supplied over 1,000 metro cars to Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur Metro Corporations. It will also supply cars to Kolkata Metro.
A senior official in BEML refused to give more details while Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola only said the contract had been finalised. The BEML official said details of the contract would be unveiled at a programme next month. An agreement was signed by Kharola and BEML chairman and managing director Deepak Kumar Hota, the release said.
According to the bid document, the cars must be compatible and suitable for integration with existing trains of phase-I. BMRCL had called tenders for design, manufacture, supply, testing and commissioning of 150 intermediate cars. Metro is funding the project through a loan from French development agency Agence Française de Développement.
BMRCL officials also said that the Contractor for Bangalore Metro purple line extension who will build the Nagasandra (Hesaraghatta cross) to Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) section of the North-South line has been finalised by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL). Even though the name of the winning bidder has not been known, the work order is expected to be issued any time soon. This is the fourth major contract that has been awarded under Phase-II. Although the tender documents set Rs 247.41 crore as the cost of the project, the final bid is not yet known. The tender also set 27 months for completion, which is around mid-2019. This 3.03-km elevated line, Reach 3C of Phase-II, will have three stations – Manjunathanagar, Jindal and BIEC – all of them on Tumakuru Road. Once completed, the Purple Line will extend from BIEC in the north to Anjanapura Township in south Bengaluru.