CRRC Corp bags Noida Metro Order for supply of 76 Coaches

Noida: The financial bidding for the supply of rakes for the Noida-Greater Noida Metro project was finalised in New Delhi on Monday where Chinese state-owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Corporation Limited emerged the lowest (L1) bidder for the supply of 76 coaches for the 29.9-km Noida Metro Rail corridor.

The financial bid will be further evaluated by DMRC and the tender is expected to be awarded by the end of the month, officials said. Once the contract is awarded, each Metro car could come at about Rs 11 crore, inclusive of taxes and duties.

According to DMRC officials, three firms including Alstom, a French multinational company operating in the worldwide rail transport markets, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) and CRRC Corporation Limited were in the race for bagging the Rs 860 crore order for the rolling stock.

“CRRC Corporation has bid much lower than the estimated price. The bid will now be evaluated and the tender will be awarded by the end of the month,” a DMRC official told. The selected company will be responsible for the design, manufacture and commissioning of the cars. The procurement of these cars will be funded by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).

The delivery of trains will be done in about 76 weeks or earlier, officials said. The trains will have four coaches each as against the earlier plan of three-coach trains. Officials said the number of cars has been increased following DMRC experience and study of traffic patterns.

The official added, “19 trains will run between Noida and Greater Noida at a frequency of 10 minutes initially and five minutes during peak hours. As regards peak directional traffic load, the frequency will be tweaked to address commuter traffic.” With a capacity of carrying 300 passengers in each coach, every Noida-Greater Noida 4-car train will be able to accommodate 1,200 passengers and at every 5 minute frequency about 15,000 commuters will be ferried. The DMRC can also increase the rolling stock to six-car trains in the future.

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