Bombardier set to deliver 162 coaches to DMRC

Seetharaman R Berlin | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on September 22, 2016

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation celebrated the delivery of the first Metro car from an order for 162 additional cars placed last year by Delhi Metro Rail corporation (DMRC).

At a ceremony held at InnoTrans 2016, the international trade fair for transport technology that is taking place in Berlin, Benoit Cattin-Martel, President, Asia Pacific Region, Bombardier Transportation presented a commemorative key to the officials led by HS Anand, Director of Rolling stock from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC).

These cars will increase DMRC’s fleet of MOVIA metro cars supplied by Bombardier from 614 to 776 over the next one year. “These cars are being procured by Delhi Metro for services on its operational red, blue and yellow lines. These cars will be put into service in a phased manner after the mandatory tests and trials. We expect 10 to 14 cars to be delivered per month over the next one year,” said HS Anand.

He added that the addition is expected to ease congestion.

Benoit Cattin-Martel commented, “Our vehicles have also contributed to Delhi Metro receiving UN carbon credits, a world’s first for a metro project.”

These coaches would be manufactured at Bombardier’s India manufacturing centres at Savli and Maneja in Gujarat.

As per estimates, Delhi Metro carries close to three million passengers daily. Also, Bombardier has placed orders worth $1.2 billion with Bombardier to procure rolling stocks and signalling systems since 2007.

Efficient Transport systems

Bombardier also showcased its debut of MOVIA Maxx platform – the latest metro rail transport technology. This system is expected to have a higher passenger capacity per coach, better technical configuration to allow more efficient passenger flow and lower equipment life cycle costs. It can also be used to design trains for driverless operations. Using this technology, eight coaches can be expected to carry close to 25 per cent more passengers than the existing MOVIA version that carries 2400 passengers across eight coaches.

Designed for rapidly growing cities around the world, the high capacity MOVIA Maxx metro offers maximum value based on a modular and flexible single solution that can be easily adapted to the specific requirements of operators. Now more than ever, a metro project’s affordability is a vital precondition to its success. MOVIA Maxx metro platform is expected to deliver best value for money in terms of passenger capacity, energy consumption, reliability and availability.

Laurent Troger, President, Bombardier Transportation, said, “Today, countries and governments all across the globe are confronted with similar challenges: urbanization, pollution, digitalization, and population growth, particularly in emerging markets. Rail is already playing a key role in solving these issues but it can do more.”

Apart from this, the company launched new Talent 3 train to solve operational and flexibility challenges to operate and develop a zero emission, energy efficient and cost effective alternative to diesel trains. This train was developed in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin and its associated partners Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-AG and Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg. The Federal Ministry of Transport is supporting the innovation initiative by offering approximately 4 million euro under the government’s ‘Electro-mobility Funding Guideline Subsidy Directive’.

Germar Wacker, President, Mainline and Metros Division, Central and Eastern Europe, Bombardier Transportation, said, "Bombardier is a leading provider of innovative battery systems for green mobility solutions. With the funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Transport we, together with our partners, will contribute to a leading-edge, sustainable and reliable electric mobility solution for non-electrified tracks. The funding intention confirms our role as an innovation leader who will significantly accelerate the ecological shift from diesel to battery drives."

Besides this, Bombardier also launched its latest rail control technology, OPTIFLO rail control service solutions, a tool that offers new capabilities to analyse and detect failure patterns, to carry out predictive maintenance operations and automated risk and security assessment for rail signalling systems.

(The writer is in Berlin on an invitation from Bombardier.)

Published on September 22, 2016
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