Siemens is to supply the complete railway electrification system for Kolkata's new Metro line.

Siemens said it has received the order from the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation. The contract includes project management, design, installation and commissioning work, in addition to personnel training and maintenance through the three-year warranty period.

The new east-west Metro line in Kolkata will have a length of 14.67 km and serve 12 stations. It will be the first Metro line to run under a river.

Construction will take place in two phases, with the first line section due for completion by the end of 2013. This section will be elevated over 5.77 km and cover six stations. The second section, which will be underground, is scheduled to open by 2014 end. It will be over 8.9 km with a tunnel under the Hooghly. The Metro service is expected to be used by 4.80 lakh passengers daily.

Siemens said the line will be completely electrified by Siemens Mobility with a 750V-DC traction power supply collected from a third rail system. The power will be supplied by the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation

“The entire Indian railway market has enormous potential and, according to Unife (Association of the European Rail Industry), it is growing exponentially at a hearty rate of 8 per cent. The cities in India with million-plus populations are striving for greater mobility – both in terms of people and freight. With this new order, we are strengthening our foothold on the subcontinent's market,” said Mr Jörg Schneppendahl, CEO of the Complete Transportation Business Unit at Siemens Mobility.

Siemens first entered the mass transit market in India in 2004, when it equipped the Delhi Metro Line 3 with signalling equipment and railway communications systems.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 18, 2011)
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