Twelve Firms attend pre-bid meet for Nagpur Metro Rail coaches

nagpur metro prebidNagpur: The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) has started the process of procuring coaches and engines (calling rolling stock in technical parlance) for the Metro Rail. Twelve domestic and international firms have evinced interest in supplying them to the corporation. The cost of this component is around Rs 750 crore.

The companies that participated in pre-bid meeting on March 9 include Alstom (France), BELL, BHEL, Bombardier (Canada), CAF (Spain), CRRC (China), Hyundai-ROTEM (South Korea), Mitsubishi (Japan), Monnet International, Siemens (Germany), Titagarh Wagon and Texmaco Rail.

Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL, told, “Our coaches will be completely different from those of Indian Railway. They will be of far better quality. The cost of the coaches are expected to be between Rs 10 crore and Rs 11 crore. We will buy 23 sets of three coaches, which takes the total to 69.”

“Our engine will be so designed that it can operate without a driver. It will stop automatically if the signal is red and even if the driver tries to move the train forward he won’t be able to do so. The driver will only be for situations where some passenger pulls the chain,” he said.

The coaches will have automatic train operation, automatic train protection and automatic train supervision systems. The Metro will operate on communications based train control (CBTC) technology. The coaches will be made up of stainless stain against normal steel for Indian Railway coaches.

This will obviate the need for washing them daily. Once in three or four days will suffice. This will save a lot of time,” Dixit said. “NMRCL is also planning to provide Wi-Fi service in running trains. As on date this facility is not available anywhere in the country,” he added.

On the loan from German organization KfW, the MD said that the draft agreement had been prepared by the company. “This has been sent to state government and union ministry of urban development for approval,” he added.

Commenting on appointment of general consultant for the project, Dixit said that the technical evaluation will be completed by March 21. “We will open the price bid on this day and the letter of intent will be issued to the lowest bidder. The final agreement will be done by month-end,” he further said.

On the loan from German organization KfW, the MD said that the draft agreement had been prepared by the company. “This has been sent to state government and union ministry of urban development for approval,” he added.

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