Bombardier presents first Indian made Metro car
Bombardier Transportation has recently presented the first Bombardier Movia metro train manufactured at its new facility in Savli (Vadodara, Gujarat) to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The new metro train is part of an order for 424 MOVIA metro cars for the DMRC and was built in only 24 months, which includes the time it took to construct the new manufacturing facility.
The new plant will serve projects in the South East Asia region as well as in India. It 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.
“The Delhi Metro presently operates across 78 kms and will spread to over 190 kms by 2010 making it one of the largest networks in the world. More than two million people are expected to travel by the Delhi Metro each day by next year and therefore it is very important that the best quality rolling stock becomes available to us as per our strict time schedule,” declared Dr E Sreedharan, managing director, DMRC.
Stephane Rambaud Measson, president, passengers division, 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."
"Given all the other production and engineering activities Bombardier is involved in here, such as its propulsion systems manufacturing site and the signaling systems software engineering centre, Vadodara has become the only city in the world equipped to deliver all key electrical and mechanical components needed for rail vehicle manufacturing and a true railway center in India,” said Rajeev Jyoti, president & managing director, India, Bombardier Transportation.