First metro train built in India rolls out

SAVLI (GUJARAT): The first indigenously produced metro train at Bombardier’s newly set up factory here is a template fit for pan-India replication, said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend.

The brand new train, built at the factory set up in a record time of 18 months, has many firsts to its credit. Known as Movia, it is the first metro train to be built in India. The whole project from conception to rollout has been completed within 24 months.

The factory, which has a capacity to churn out a coach a month, will be supplying 81 trains consisting of 424 coaches for Phase II of the Delhi Metro railway before the start of the Commonwealth Games in the Capital next year.

Speaking at the train unveiling ceremony, Mr. Modi described the eco-friendly train as a gift from Gujarat to the nation on World Environment Day.

Unlike vehicular road traffic that accounts for 84 per cent of the total carbon emission released into the atmosphere and air traffic that releases another 15 per cent, metro trains have a low emission of just one per cent.

Citing the case of Japan where super-fast train facilities have been provided by the government bringing far ends of the country closer, Mr. Modi made out a case for introduction of similar trains all over India.

“We have been urging the Union Government to introduce high-speed trains between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. If that was done, then the coming together of the two financial hubs will strengthen the country’s growth,” he said.

He also expressed hope that in the forthcoming Railway budget the Centre would make provisions for high-speed bullet trains.

“Gujarat is ready to assist in providing resources and inputs required for the introduction of such infrastructure,” he said.

Taking a dig at the proverbial bureaucratic red tape and the political disagreements that drove the Tatas’ Nano out of West Bengal, Mr. Modi commended his government’s efforts to help set up the Bombardier factory at Savli in a short period of time and said: “Trains from Gujarat are going to Delhi.”

Describing the process of setting up the factory and manufacturing the trains all within 24 months as a feat that surpassed their expectations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director E. Sreedharan said: “We had insisted that the company import 21 train sets and make the rest in India. But the company decided to import only nine from abroad and make the rest in India.”

“Bombardier Transportation has done commendable work by rolling out its first train from India within eight months after the establishment of its factory here. Bombardier’s Savli factory is a big step in achieving self-reliance and indigenisation of metro coaches in the country,” he added.

The new site in Gujarat, which will serve projects in the South-East Asia region as well as in India, is the first facility in India to be wholly owned by a global foreign company.

The site has been designed and built from scratch based on Bombardier’s state-of-the-art railway vehicle manufacturing plant located in Gorlitz, Germany.

Stephane Rambaud Measson, president of the Passengers Division of Bombardier Transportation, said: “The number of mega-cities is ever increasing and the need to develop sustainable mobility for the world is an absolute priority today. We at Bombardier are working hard on this task, developing products like the Movia metro which can move millions of people every day, quickly and in comfort, using less space and having a minimal impact on the environment.”

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