Bombardier to deliver 40 more Movia metro cars
Bombardier Transportation has received an order for 40 additional metro cars from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC). The contract is valued at approximately 43 million euros ($55 million US) and is a follow-on to the original order for 74 vehicles announced recently in June.
Delivery will follow the completion of existing contract delivery and is expected to end in 2011. With the new order DMRC will be operating a fleet of 538 Movia metro cars, one of the largest in the world, benefiting from economies of scale in both acquisition and maintenance costs. Around 190 of these Movia cars are already operating successfully on Delhi’s metro network.
These new Movia vehicles will be manufactured entirely at Bombardier’s recent industrial site in Savli, India. Commenting, Stephane Rambaud-Measson, President, Passengers Division, Bombardier Transportation, said: "Our manufacturing operations in India are growing from strength to strength, already producing vehicles at an impressive rate of one metro car each day." Mr Rambaud-Measson referred to the virtual tour of the Bombardier Savli site available of Youtube as, "the best way to understand how much Bombardier is contributing to the expansion of India’s railway industry to keep up with the demands on the country’s infrastructure."
In the Phase II expansion of the Delhi Metro, the modern Movia high-capacity vehicles will transport an impressive 2.5 million passengers every day, reducing their journey time and alleviating the heavy traffic congestion and pollution prevalent in the city. The Phase II expansion extends the existing network to a total of 165 kilometres covering all major destinations in the East-West and North-South corridors of the city, which is occupied by approximately 16 million inhabitants.
Delhi Metro network will be crucial in ensuring top-class mobility during the next Commonwealth Games taking place in Delhi in October 2010. Rajeev Jyoti, President & Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation in India, said: "Bombardier anticipated India’s infrastructural requirements and was the first to significantly invest in the country. Today, the company is more than ready and willing to continue with additional successful industrial set-ups to match the industry’s needs in terms of new products and technology."