Per Deccan Herald, 4 firms – Alstom Transport, BEML, Mitsubishi Electric and Titagarh Wagons have submitted bids to supply 72 new coaches for the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project.
These coaches of contract 6RS-DM will be deployed exclusively on the 19.143 km Yellow Line (Reach 5) which will connect RV Road – Bommasandra via 16 stations. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) intends to run them as 12 train-sets in a 6-car configuration out of Hebbagodi Depot.
CRRC was originally awarded Phase 2’s 216 coach rolling stock contract in December 2019 and had committed to manufacture 204 coaches (34 trains) in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. A ground breaking ceremony had been conducted twice, but the firm failed to setup the plant or tie up with a local partner.
With that contract still embroiled in a legal battle, BMRCL invited tenders for this new contract in April with a 243 week (4.66 year) deadline.
Brief Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 72 Nos. of Standard Gauge Metro Cars and Training of Personnel under Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited Project Phase -2
The bids have now been sent for technical bid evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely supplier.
BMRCL plans to deploy the 72 new coaches from this contract alongside 42 new coaches it will receive from BEML. At this time I don’t see the Yellow Line opening up anytime prior to Q4 2023.
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