Made-in-India coaches to run on Metro track

New Delhi The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has ordered eight new coaches, to be manufactured indigenously for the first time, to add to the carrying capacity of four trains in operation at present. The coaches will be manufactured by the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd in Bangalore.

The coaches will be designed to carry a maximum of 390 people — 50 sitting and 340 standing. “Two new coaches will be added to the four trains, increasing their carrying capacity by 780 each,” said a DMRC spokesman. The 70 trains operating at present run with four coaches each.

For the first time, the Metro coaches are being manufactured by an Indian company without any collaboration with a foreign firm, according to the DMRC. The coaches will be inducted after a test and trial session. The delivery of the first two coaches is expected by August.

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