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BEML to deliver first coach to Bangalore Metro in October

Bangalore, June 21 (IANS) State-run BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Ltd) will deliver the first Metro coach to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) in October for the mass rapid transit service scheduled to commence this year-end, a top company official said Monday.

‘We will deliver the first coach to BMRC in October for trial run and additional cars by December for commercial run. A mock-up (model) of the Metro car will be on display at Anik Kumble circle on M.G. Road from July for public viewing,’ BEML chairman and managing director V.R.S. Natarajan told reporters here.

The mini-ratna company secured the order worth Rs.1,672 crore for supply of 150 standard gauge Metro cars to BMRC, a joint venture of the state and central government, that will operate the service across this tech hub covering 43 km in the first phase.

The Metro cars are being manufactured at BEML’s Bangalore plant in technical collaboration with Mitsubishi group of Japan and Hyundai Rotem of South Korea.

‘The Rs.6,395-crore Bangalore Metro is on schedule. We will supply the first electric train set of three coaches to BMRC by November for commissioning the service,’ Natarajan said while briefing the media on the company’s financial performance in fiscal 2009-10.

The first elevated section of the Metro rail will be 7 km between M. Chinnaswamy cricket stadium on M.G. Road in the heart of the city to Byappanahalli in the eastern suburb.

When expanded, the first phase will have two corridors – east-west and north-south – covering 18 km and 25 km, with around 9 km underground in the central parts of the city.

‘Each train set will carry about 1,000 commuters in three light weight air-conditioned stainless steel coaches. The set will be augmented with three additional coaches to ferry over 2,000 passengers,’ Natarajan pointed out.

The company is betting on a second order to supply an additional 63 coaches to BMRC.

‘We have been supplying the coaches to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) during the last two years in partnership with Rotem,’ Natarajan recalled.

Of the total order for 192 coaches from DMRC, the company delivered 132 cars till fiscal 2009-10.

‘We are looking for orders from other cities like Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. We have been pre-qualified for Chennai Metro and will be bidding for Hyderabad Metro along with our partner,’ Natarajan added.

The company, which currently has an installed capacity to roll out 25 metro coaches per month, is exploring contract manufacturing opportunities from its competitors to make optimal use of its idle capacity.

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