Metro’s first standard gauge train arrives in city

India today moved a step closer to integrate with the international Metro technology with the arrival of the country’s first standard gauge train at the Delhi Metro’s Mundka depot, which became the first depot of Phase-II to receive a standard gauge train set.

The standard gauge train, to be used on the Inderlok-Mundka corridor of the Phase II of the Delhi Metro, was transported by road on four trailers from Mundra port in Gujarat and arrived at the Mundka depot this morning after a 10-day journey. The train was brought by a ship to India last week from South Korea where it was manufactured.

The train, consisting of two driving trailer coaches and as many motor coaches, was unloaded by a heavy-duty crane at the Mundka depot in an operation that lasted about six hours. The crane, which can lift a maximum load of 100 tonnes, unloaded the coaches, weighing 40 tons each, one by one on to the tracks that had been specially laid for the purpose.

The train will now be tested on technical parameters in the depot. Later, it will undergo testing on the main line for load and braking, etc. The Mundka depot is one of four DMRC depots being constructed for Phase-II, the others being Yamuna Bank, Sarita Vihar and Sultanpuri.

Till now, the DMRC had only broad gauge lines (5 ft 6 inches) but three lines of Phase-II are being built on standard gauge (4 ft 8.5 inches), which are Inderlok-Mundka, Central Secretariat- the Badarpur and the Airport Express Line.

The DMRC will be getting 48-standard gauge trains from a consortium of Mitsubishi, ROTEM, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML). While 46 trains will have four coaches each, two trains will have six coaches each.

Of the 48 trains, only the one that has arrived was to be manufactured in Korea while the rest are being manufactured in BEML’s factory in Bangalore and delivery of these trains is expected to start from May 2009 onwards and will be completed by the end of 2010.