Bombardier Transportation has delivered the 600th Movia metro car to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp.(DMRC). Harsh Dhingra, chief country representative India, Bombardier Transportation, handed over the metro car to Mangu Singh, managing director, DMRC, in Savli, Gujarat, in the presence of management teams and employees of both companies.
Movia metros from Bombardier continue to form an integral element of DMRC expansion plans to improve mobility and expand the current network to the outskirts of the city. Ridership is expected to reach 4 million passengers each day.
The modern, high-capacity Movia vehicles are designed to accommodate 1,480 passengers comfortably per four-car train set. This can be increased to 2,220 passengers per six-car set and 2,960 passengers per eight-car set. Sustainability and eco-friendliness are among the key aspects of the technologies used, such as the Mitrac propulsion system with regenerative braking which creates up to 30 percent in energy savings.
Singh said, "Delhi Metro has been expanding its network rapidly and the DMRC is pleased to celebrate the delivery of the 600th metro car. These coaches will help us to carry the increasing number of metro passengers in Delhi in a safe and efficient manner."
"The delivery of the 600th car and our support of sustainable mobility in the growing city of New Delhi demonstrate how the Savli site has rapidly evolved into a truly Indian production and engineering hub," said Dhingra. "Bombardier's Indian sites are equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to support metro rail operators in India. Our employees in India are fully trained on special tools and processes to ensure quality standards and practices are maintained."
Kristian Mikkelsen, president of Mainline and Metros, Asia Pacific for Bombardier Transportation, said, "We would like to thank DMRC for their support and commitment to the project. This is a truly momentous occasion for us; the Savli site has achieved exceptional performance in project execution and delivery. Bombardier will continue to work closely with the Indian railway operators towards a sustainable future for the country's growing rail network."
Bombardier broke new ground as the first multinational company to set up a wholly owned railway vehicle manufacturing site at Savli, Gujarat, which includes the production of carbodies and bogies. With an investment valued at 33 million euro, the site has generated employment opportunities for nearly 800 people and indirectly generates approximately 3,000 jobs in the Vadodara region of Gujarat. The site recently had its International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) certification upgraded, thereby becoming the only railway vehicle manufacturing unit in India to achieve this accomplishment.
Bombardier's manufacturing facilities have been involved in the complete range of railway vehicle manufacturing during the last three years of commercial production, and are gearing up to expand the company's industrial activities in the country as well as regionally. Bombardier is also responsible for the train control and signalling system on two line sections of the Delhi Metro network, covering 39 km.
The Savli site is involved in the manufacturing and supply of semi-finished Bombardier Flexx Metro 3001 bogies for Adelaide's Suburban Rail Network in Australia. In addition, it will assemble and deliver diesel locomotives to Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) for its export to Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.