Rs 200-cr locomotive plant to be set up in Sehore

An Indo-US joint venture firm has announced to set up the first diesel locomotive plant to manufacture environment-friendly and fuel-efficient railway engines at Sherpur village in the adjoining district of Sehore.

The firm will invest over Rs 200 crore for the project. Disclosing it to the media persons the Managing Director of the Daulatram Engineering Services Pvt Ltd CP Sharma said his firm had entered into a partnership with the US-based National Railway Equipment Company (NREC) to star the pioneer project in the state.

According to him, it was the first such example in which a private firm was given the permission in the county to manufacture diesel locomotive.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Industries Minister Kailash Vijawrgiya will lay the foundation stone for the ambitious project at Sherpur village on Saturday, Sharma said.

The plant will be set up in a 50 acre land already acquired by the company. “The joint venture has already bagged the order from Indian Railways and Chennai Metro to manufacture two such engines for them. These are currently being manufactured jointly by the company along with Diesel Locomotive Modernisation Works in Patiala,” he said. These two locomotives will be rolled by January next from the Patiala unit, Sharma said.

The next five locomotives will be rolled out from the new facility in next 18 months.

Alstom bags Rs.1,470 crore contract from Chennai Metro

NEW DELHI: International rail infrastructure major Alstom’s Indian subsidiary Saturday said it has bagged a contract worth about Rs.1,470 crore (243 million euros), to supply 168 rail cars to the Chennai Metro Rail Limited.

“Alstom will supply Chennai Metro’s public operator with 42 train-sets composed of four cars each,” the company said in a statement.

According to the company, first deliveries of the trains are expected by the end of 2012. The company is also equipping the trains with systems like Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO).

“They will be equipped with a regenerative braking system ensuring significant energy savings. The cars will operate on 25 KV AC through an overhead catenary system at speeds of up to 80 km per hour,” the statement said.

Earlier, Alstom had provided train control and signalling systems for the Delhi Metro and is installing these in Bangalore.

The Chennai Metro project was started in 2007. The first phase of the project consists linking north Chennai with the airport situated in the south and Chennai central to St. Thomas Mount.

The 32-station route is over 45 km in lengt,h of which 24 km is underground and 21 km is elevated. The capacity of these lines is said to be more than 500,000 people daily and a frequency between two trains as short as 3 minutes.

Alstom Projects India Ltd (APIL) has been present in the country since 1910 and offers a large range of equipment and services related to power generation and transmission solutions as well as transportation systems.

Alstom bags Rs 1,471-cr order from Chennai Metro

Alstom Transport S.A and Alstom Projects India Ltd have bagged a Rs 1,471.3-crore contract for the supply of coaches for the Chennai Metro Rail project.

According to an official press release, the order is for 42 train sets of 4-car configuration totalling 168 coaches including the supply of spares and special maintenance tools. Alstom Transport and Alstom Projects will design, manufacture, supply, test and commission the coaches and provide training on operation and maintenance.

Provision will be made to upgrade to 6-car rake when traffic demand goes up. Each 4-car rake can carry 1,276 passengers, a first class seating section will be provided in the coach closest to the operator’s cab. The maximum allowable operating speed will be 80 kmph with a maximum design speed of 90 kmph. A minimum headway of three minutes will be maintained to satisfy normal peak ridership.

The cars will be of stainless steel, air-conditioned, with 3-phase AC drive and regenerative braking system. They will be equipped with Automatic Train Protection, Automatic Train Operation and electrically-operated bi-parting automatic sliding doors to ensure the safety of passengers. The cars will operate on 25 KV through an Overhead Catenary System.

Electronic route map, public address system, passenger emergency intercoms, video surveillance and CCTV will be provided in the cars. Each rake shall have two wheelchair parking locations for the physically challenged and gang ways for easy movement of passengers from one car to another.

The Chennai Metro, a public sector enterprise, is implementing a 45-km metro rail project in the city with two interconnected lines linking North Chennai to the airport to the south and the Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount.

The Rs 14,600-crore project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is financing 60 per cent of the cost through a loan and the balance is shared by the Central and State Governments.

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