Oct 15, 2016

CRRC to supply Nagpur Metro Rail coaches

CRRC bag Rs.851 Crore Nagpur Metro Rail 69 Coach Phase-I Rolling Stock Contract

Nagpur: Chinese state-run company China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) will set up a railway coach and equipment manufacturing unit at Butibori MIDC Extension, to fulfil the tender bagged by it to supply coaches to Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL). CRRC has won a Rs. 851 crore contract to supply 69 coaches for Nagpur Metro’s 38.215 km Phase 1 project. A memorandum of understanding will be signed between the company and state industries department on Saturday in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on October 15.
The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (NMRCL) had invited bids for the rolling stock contract in January 2016 and plans to run 23 trains across 2 corridors – with 11 on the 19.658 km north-south line between Automotive Square & Khapri and 12 on the 18.557 km east west line between Lokmanya Nagar – Prajapati Nagar.

Leng You, Division Head of international business of CRRC, said the plant will generate direct employment for more than 5,000 people over the next five years. “Proposed investment within next five years is expected to be Rs.1,500 crore in the plant spread over 250 acre,” he told media persons on Thursday. You said CRRC was a state-owned corporation with over 1.75 lakh employees. “We became the world’s largest rolling stock manufacturer with merger of CSR Corporation Limited and China CNR Corporation in June 2015. CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Company Limited (CRRC ZELC), one of our largest subsidiaries, will set up the plant,” he added.

As per the contract, CRRC shall deliver the coaches in over 182 weeks. Six coaches are required urgently for the trial run. They propose to deliver them in 78 weeks. However we have requested them to do it earlier – said Brajesh Dixit, Managing Director, Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

The trains will be 2.90 meters wide and initially run in a 3 coach configuration (Driving Motor Car + Trailer Car + Driving Motor Car) which can later be extended to 6 coaches when required. As per the project’s DPR, the 3-coach trains are expected to have a capacity of 450 passengers undernormal conditions and 764 under crush conditions.

CRRC has already set up three rolling stock manufacturing units outside China in Turkey, Malaysia and South Africa and recently signed another agreement with the Georgian government for setting up a unit. CRRC have already set up our railway equipment manufacturing plant in Haryana earlier this year. Nagpur has been chosen for its central location and railway connectivity. India already has three railway coach manufacturing units in Gujarat (Bombardier), Andhra Pradesh (Alstom) and Bangalore (BEML), besides Indian Railway owned units. This will be the fourth unit.

NMRCL managing director Brijesh Dixit said the unit was being set up keeping the demand for next 100 years in mind. “Metro rail projects in at least 50 cities are in the pipeline. There are several cities having population of over 20 lakh and more will cross this figure in the coming days due to rapid pace of urbanization. Moreover, there is a huge potential for exports. Around 50% cars and bikes manufactured in India are exported. Bombardier exports coaches made in India to Australia,” he said, adding that this would be the first plant under Make in Maharashtra and Make in India initiatives.

On NMRCL’s rolling stock order, the MD said that it was for 69 cars. “The coaches will be delivered over 182 weeks. Six coaches are required urgently for the trial run. They propose to deliver them in 78 weeks, but we have requested them to do it earlier,” he said.

Work on Hingna Road stretch to begin soon

NMRCL has issued the work order for Metro rail stretch from Hingna Road Depot to Sitabuldi to Afcons. Work on this stretch will begin this month. The work on Hingna Road Depot to Ambazari station will be done in the first phase, and from this station to Rani Jhansi Square station in the second phase.

The technical bid of one of the bidders, a joint venture (JV) between Tata Projects Limited (TPL) and Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Company (GYT), had been rejected by NMRCL. The JV had obtained a stay from Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. The Supreme Court, however, ruled in NMRCL’s favour, paving the way for Afcons to start work.