DMRC begins process to buy 500 train coaches

Last Updated: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 12:07

New Delhi: After putting work on its ambitious
Phase-III on the fast track, Delhi Metro has floated global
tenders to procure nearly 500 train coaches that would have
several new features and will be faster and less noisy
than the existing ones.

A tender for design, manufacture, supply, testing,
commissioning and training of 486 standard gauge coaches for
the Phase-III has been floated by the DMRC recently.

A total of 81 six-coach trains will be assembled from
these 486 cars and they will be put on Line 7 ( Mukundpur-
Yamuna Vihar) and Line 8 (Janak Puri West-Kalindi Kunj).

Once the trains are assembled, 52 will be for Line 7 and
29 for Line 8. Delhi Metro`s Phase-III envisages bringing
another 103 km under the Metro map and is expected to be
completed by 2016.

The coaches will start arriving from later half of 2014
and will be put in service after commissioning.

The new coaches will have several new features both in its
interior and exterior from the aesthetic as well as from the
points of view of commuters.

"There will be a change in the look of the front cab of
the trains which will have a glass on the front emergency door
to give it a better look," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

He said new trains will have an initial acceleration of
1.2 m/s2 as compared to existing 0.82m/s2 which will reduce
journey time and increase the average speed.

Another special feature of the new trains would be that
they will be more silent and interior noise level will be
further optimised.

Dayal said the new trains will be "highly energy
efficient" and shall feedback more than 70 per cent of its
consumed energy back to the system during braking.
The new trains will also have energy-efficient LED based
lighting, while the rolling stock used currently has
fluorescent lighting.

LCD/TFT screens will used for inside displays,
programmable Digital Route Maps will display complete train
information, time for next station, route information and
transfer points to passengers on real time basis.

Currently, only the LED indications indicate the station
names and other messages. Additional screens will be placed
inside saloon for video advertisements and graphics, Dayal
said.

Higher number of grab rails and grab handles will be
provided for the convenience of standing passengers and
broader gangways between the coaches will make it convenient
for the commuters.

The coaches will be wider than the usual standard gauge
coach of Delhi Metro to accommodate more commuters.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 12:07

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