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New Delhi, March 17 India’s first standard gauge metro arrived at Mundra Port in Gujarat after a three-week long voyage by sea from South Korea. The four-coach train set sail on February 25 from Changwon in South Korea, where it was manufactured.

The train will now be transported by road on four trailers to Delhi where it is expected to reach by March 30. It will be brought to the Mundka depot of Delhi Metro for testing and will be used on the Inderlok – Mundka line, said a Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) release.

DMRC has ordered 48 standard gauge trains with a consortium of Mitsubishi, ROTEM, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and BEML. While 46 trains will have four coaches each, 2 trains will have six coaches each.

Of the 48, only one was to be manufactured in Korea while the rest are being manufactured in BEML’s factory in Bangalore. Delivery of these trains is expected to start from May onwards and will be completed by the end of 2010.

DMRC so far had only broad gauge trains but three lines of Phase-II, Inderlok – Mundka, Central Secretariat – Badarpur and the Airport Express Line are being built on standard gauge (which is the international norm). The broad gauge and standard gauge links, while not directly connected, will meet at common multi-level “interchange stations” where commuters will have to switch trains.

The new standard gauge trains are being procured by DMRC for the first two lines while the concessionaire (Reliance – CAF), will provide trains for the Airport Express Line. The standard gauge trains are slightly smaller than broad gauge ones, with a width of 2.9 metres against 3.2 metres.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 18, 2009)
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