New Delhi: Nearly five months after the DMRC initiated tenders for 78 coaches to come at a cost of Rs 700 crore for the Noida-Greater Noida track, a revised tender has been floated.
This time, DMRC has invited bids for 76 coaches at an additional cost of Rs 100 crore, which officials say includes taxes. The selected agency will be responsible for the design, manufacture and commissioning of the coaches. The procurement of these cars will be funded by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
According to DMRC officials, the earlier tenders have been re-initiated as not a single bidder had applied for the earlier tender, which was floated in April this year and was to be finalized in June. With the re-initiation, the agency is now likely to be finalized by October 20, 2015.
The selected agency will be responsible for supplying the coaches within 114 weeks, DMRC officials said on Monday. The trains will support four coaches each as against the earlier plan of three-coach trains. The total number of trains that will run between Noida and Greater Noida would be 19. “Trains will be run at a frequency of every five minutes to address the peak hours, peak directional traffic load,” said a DMRC official.
With each coach having a capacity of 300 passengers, every train will be able to accommodate 1,200 passengers and 15,000 commuters will be ferried at 5-minute frequency. Officials said the number of cars have been increased, following DMRC experience and the study of traffic patterns.
“With development and habitation expected to increase in time to come, we can also increase the rolling stock to six-car trains. The longer trains will cater to the expected traffic along the route between the twin cities,” the official said.
The design for the Metro coaches has already been approved by Rama Raman, the chairperson of the three authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway in February this year. The coaches would be state-of-the art and laced with modern technology. A model of the coach has been readied and approved, said NMRC officials.
Once the track is in place, it would not only provide a fast link between the two townships but also bring these places closer to the national capital. The track is expected to be commissioned by June 2017.