Bombardier eyeing Metro`s phase III

Having supplied signalling system and trains in Delhi Metro`s Phase I and II, Bombardier Transportation is now eyeing a role in Phase-III of the new age transport system.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 20:52 PM IST

New Delhi: Having supplied signalling
system and trains in Delhi Metro`s Phase I and II, Bombardier
Transportation is now eyeing a role in Phase-III of the new
age transport system.

While Bombardier supplied signalling system for one of
the Lines under the Phase-I, it is manufacturing broad gauge
trains for the Delhi Metro at its Savli plant in Gujarat. The
German train maker has already supplied 63 trains to the Delhi
Metro.

"We have been a part of Phase-I and Phase-II of the
Delhi Metro, which has been quite challenging to say the least
and we are keenly looking forward to Phase-III as well,"
President and Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation
India Rajeev Jyoti told reporters here.

Delhi government had on October 11 approved the
Phase-III project of the Delhi Metro, which envisages
connecting another 100 kms in the national capital by Metro.

Three routes-- from Central Secretariat to Red Fort
(6.8 km), Rajouri Garden to Mukundupur (12.4 km) and Jahangir
Puri to Badli (3.4 km)-- were cleared by Delhi government.

On the technical problems faced by commuters, Jyoti
said the complexity of the transit system is enormous and
sometimes it leads to minor glitches.

"Trains run on tracks which have a geometry of their
own and so is the case with the signalling systems. It is a
very complex thing and minor problems can be there at times,"
he said, adding that passenger density was a factor to keep in
mind as well.

Praising the DMRC for the reduction in complaints by
commuters in the last six months, Jyoti said advanced
signalling systems installed on Lines 5 and 6 would go a long
way in ensuring safety of passengers.

"Lines 5 and 6 have the modern CITYFLO 350 signalling
systems, which includes automatic train operation that
automatically drives the trains from one station to the other
as well as controlling opening and closing of doors, leaving
the driver free to simply supervise operations," he said.

On measures to deal with possible emergencies, Jyoti
said there were specially designed coaches that facilitate
easy evacuation during such situations.

"The objective is to minimise damage," he said.

PTI