Swanky new trains to arrive only in Oct

The delivery of 72 alternate current (AC) rakes manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, is expected to miss the revised deadline again. As per the reworked deadline, the prototype rakes were to arrive by August, but Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) officials now expect them to arrive only in October.

The delay will hit plans to modernize the fleet and traction system, besides hampering service augmentation.
A senior MRVC official said, “Work on electrical fittings is on. We expected work on prototypes to be completed in July so that the rakes could reach in August. Thereafter, trials will have been carried out to ensure that subsequent rakes run smoothly on the suburban system.”

An agreement between MRVC and Bombardier Transportation was inked in November 2011. TOI had reported in December 2012 that the delivery of rakes had been delayed by six months. As per the original schedule, the rakes were expected by March 2013.

The shells are being built at the ICF and electrical infrastructure, including traction motors, are being supplied and installed by Bombardier Transportation at a cost of Rs 14.8 crore per EMU. The rakes are being procured under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (II).
The World Bank, which extended a loan of $385 million to MRVC for the project, is unhappy with the delay. An MRVC official said, “A World Bank team has sought a meeting next week to review progress of the project.”

Following a review in November 2012, the bank in a report on March 31, 2013, revised the rating performance of MRVC from ‘moderately satisfactory’ to ‘moderately unsatisfactory’.

MRVC may impose a penalty for the delay if Bombardier’s explanation is unsatisfactory; as per the agreement, the total penalty should not exceed 5% of the project cost.

A Central Railway official said, “Unless delivery of the rakes starts, Western Railway will not be able to give us AC/DC dual traction compatible rakes. Till then, CR will not be able to switch from 1,500 V DC traction to 25 KV AC current traction.” FASTER RAKES


The 12-car electric multiple units (EMUs) can run at a maximum speed of 120kmph, as against 100kmph of the present Siemens rakes (pictured above) Less susceptible to corrosion as they will be made OF stainless steel Shell exterior of rakes are white and a darker shade of purple, including the door, to camouflage paan stains Will look like Metro system coaches Improved ventilation as air blowers have been installed atop rakes

Agreement between MRVC and Bombardier Transportation for electrical fittings was signed in November 2011 Shells of rakes are being manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, Perambur

Bombardier Transportation has been unable to deliver approved electrical fittings on schedule.


After Delhi metro, Bombardier looks to supplying railways

After metro cars and signalling systems, Bombardier Transportation is now looking to tap Indian Railways’ growing need for electric multiple unit (EMU) cars for inter-city EMU trains. The global rail vehicle manufacturing company is preparing itself to bid for the coming tenders for this.

“While we are doing well in the supply of metro cars to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), we now want to go for Indian Railways and bid for locomotives, EMU cars and inter-city EMU trains. We will accordingly consolidate our Savli plant if we win bid of the ministry of railways in future,” said Harsh Dhingra, whole-time director and chief country representative – India at Bombardier Transportation

While the company doesn’t manufacture EMU cars or trains in India as of now, it does assemble locomotives at its Savli facility near Vadodara in Gujarat as part of its agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar company. The facility currently has a capacity of one metro car a day.

Talking about expansion of metro car capacity, Dhingra said, “Our expansion will depend on future orders. While we have bid for third phase of Delhi Metro, we will be submitting bids for second phase of Bangalore Metro, apart from Kochi, Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Mumbai metro projects.”

According to Dhingra, Bombardier estimates an order book of 500 metro cars from Delhi, 300 from Bangalore, 100 each from Kochi and Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and about 120-150 from Mumbai metro projects.

The company expects demand for metro cars in the country to touch 2,000 in next 5 years. By next year, Bombardier is planning to begin exporting its locomotives to countries in regions like South East Asia as well as Pacific. Moreover, while currently Bombardier’s signalling office and the software development centre are also located at Savli, Vadodara, which develops software for signalling and traction applications, the company is readying to provide traffic management systems (TMS) for Indian Railways.

Meanwhile, as for the Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad (MEGA) project, Bombardier Transportation has qualified for bidding for rolling stock and signalling system.


Penalty levied for failure to activate Train Management System

Central Railway has slapped a penalty notice of Rs 5 lakh on Bombardier Transportation for its failure to fully activate the train management system (TMS), which will allow commuters and the railway control room to track local trains in real time. CR had activated TMS on stations between Masjid and Kalyan on July 25.

TMS helps in real-time monitoring of trains in the control room.The arrival status of local trains is reflected on indicators installed on platforms in the form of a countdown (in minutes) to the train’s arrival on the platform is displayed on indicators, accompanied by automatic announcements on platforms

In 2008, Bombardier Transportation won a Rs 26-crore contract for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the TMS for CR. However, four years down the lane, the system is still not totally operational. Even though Bombardier Transportation is responsible for smooth implementation of TMS,

The project reportedly got delayed because of problems at the CR end and non cooperation from vendors supplying indicators.

First, there was a delay in handing over of the structure for the control room. Secondly, the technology used for TMS components is not uniform at all the stations because of procurement from different vendors, who were not open to the idea of sharing their technology with a third party. Unless, the vendors cooperated it was difficult to link the TMS software with their indicators.

A senior railway official conceded, “After we cleared up the issue at our end, Bombardier submitted a revised deadline of June 2012 for the system to become completely active. The penalty notice was issued as there were reliability issues about the functioning of the system even after the extension. The penalty amount will be invoked if these issues are not resolved by September.”

Some officials equipped with knowledge of technology had quit Bombardier Transportation, which also led to set back. “However, now all the issues are sorted out and we are confident that system will now work to the satisfaction of every one”, he added.

There are a total of 26 stations, having 92 platforms between CST and Kalyan. TMS was activated between Masjid and Vidyavihar in April 2012. Despite CR announcement, the experience on the ground was in contrast as the system was not working at many platforms. CR warned that strong measures can be taken if the Bombardier now fails to make the system totally operational by October 2012.

Harsh Mehta, director, communications and public affairs, Bombardier, said, “We are working with CR’s technical experts to undertake trials and test to successfully commission the system at the earliest.”


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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Bombardier delivers first MOVIA car for Delhi Metro

Bombardier Transportation has delivered the first vehicle in the new high-technology fleet of `Bombardier MOVIA’ metro cars, ordered by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for its phase II expansion.

The first vehicle was built in an 18-month period and was transported directly from Germany to India in an Antonov aircraft.

The MOVIA train-set will commence track tests in March while the service introduction is scheduled for the second week in June. The first 36 vehicles for DMRC will be built in Goerlitz, Germany and the following 388 cars in Savli, India, where Bombardier has recently inaugurated a modern railway vehicle manufacturing facility, Bombardier said in a release.

With an investment valued at 33 million euros, this greenfield facility will directly employ 750 people and indirectly generate approximately 3,000 jobs in the region, the release said.

DMRC has ambitious targets to expand its metro service in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where the environmentally friendly fleet of 424 state-of-the-art MOVIA vehicles will play a vital role.

Also, the project is to be carried out in the new large-scale manufacturing plant in India, the first wholly private company of its type in the country.

E Sreedharan, managing director, DMRC as well as Stéphane Rambaud-Measson, president, passengers division, Kristian Mikkelsen, president, Asia, passengers division, and Rajeev Jyoti, president and managing director, India from Bombardier Transportation were present at the airport.

”We, at Bombardier, are very proud of delivering our high quality vehicles to Delhi Metro. I would like to congratulate the Bombardier employees located here in India as well as those from other engineering and manufacturing sites in Europe, like Goerlitz in Germany and Västerås in Sweden for their amazing performance and dedicated participation in this project,” Stéphane Rambaud-Measson said.

Bombardier employees in India are receiving training and support both in Savli and in Goerlitz.

The first line of New Delhi’s Metro network opened in December 2002. Phase I consisted of 3 lines totaling 65 km with Phase II, now under construction, representing an additional 125 km. In phase II of the expansion of Delhi Metro, the modern MOVIA high-capacity vehicles are expected to transport 4 million passengers every day.

The high capacity MOVIA vehicles will accommodate some 1,480 passengers per four car train unit. The air conditioned train units have CCTV and open gangways, emergency speaker units and safety egress door via the driver’s cab for emergency evacuation.