New Delhi, Mar 29: Bombardier Transportation has announced that it has received an order for an additional 84 MOVIA metro cars from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC).
The contract is valued at approximately 87 million euros (137 million US dollars). This latest order follows on from a contract awarded in July 2007 to supply 340 Movia metro cars, making a total of 424 metro cars ordered. As stated in the contract, DMRC has requested a change to the configuration of the trainsets and the revised scope will be 37 trainsets of 4-car and 46 trainsets of 6-car. Deliveries of the latest order are scheduled to begin upon completion of the original deliveries.
In the phase II expansion of the Delhi Metro, the modern Bombardier Movia high-capacity vehicles will transport an impressive four million passengers every day, reducing their journey time and alleviating the heavy traffic congestion and pollution prevalent in the city. The phase II expansion extends the existing network by approximately 60 kilometers covering all major destinations in the East-West and North-South corridors of the city, which is occupied by around 16 million inhabitants.
The new vehicles will be produced at Savli in South Gujarat, where Bombardier is setting up a facility for manufacturing and assembly of the coaches and bogies.
Rajeev Jyoti, Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation India, said: "We are delighted to receive this additional option contract to supply MOVIA vehicles in New Delhi. It is an excellent endorsement of our growing relationship in India, which is going from strength to strength, with the opening of a new production facility at Savli, accompanied by a large local recruitment programme. We intend to deliver our high performance MOVIA vehicles on time and with quality, meriting the trust that the public authorities in India have placed in us."