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[News] Pune Metro achieves milestone of trials in just 30 months, becomes fastest metro project in India

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When the Pune Metro carried out its first trial run earlier this month, it became the fastest to have reached the milestone (30 months) among Metro projects in the country. With the January-10 run being a precursor to technical trial runs and regulatory clearance and certification, work is on track for the first stretch of 5 km being operationalised in April this year. The entire Rs 11,420-crore project comprising two corridors of 31.25-km length is likely to be completed by March 2022.

The Pune Metro is being built by the Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (Maha Metro), a 50:50 JV of the Centre and the Maharashtra government. Its first corridor, 16.589-km in length, would stretch from PCMC to Swargate and have five underground stations and nine elevated stations. The second corridor, 14.665-km in length, would extend from Vanaaz to Ramwadi and have 16 stations.

Trials will go on for two to three months on the first corridor and start in another two months on the second corridor, says Dr Brijesh Dixit, MD of Maha Metro. After a lull last year because of the elections in May and November – work on the project started in December 2016 – and an extended run of unseasonal rains, work has gathered momentum again, with tunnelling having started on the five-km underground stretch connecting Shivaji Nagar to Swargate and work on the priority overground stretches on Corridor-I and Corridor-II moving fast.

In what came as a relief to Pune residents who have to regularly suffer traffic congestion, the Pune Metro project has received a stamp of approval from the new Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government, which has made news by scrapping the city’s Rs 5,000-crore High Capacity Mass Transit Route project in its current form and putting into cold storage the futuristic Hyperloop project linking Pune to Mumbai.

In fact, one of the first things that Eknath Shinde, the urban development minister, did after taking charge was to take stock of work on the Pune Metro project. Shinde also said the government would consider favourably all the expansion proposals for the project, besides ensuring that such infrastructure projects were implemented ahead of schedule. Ajit Pawar, the deputy CM, has expressed keenness to extend the Vanaaz-Ramwadi line to Wagholi via Chandni Chowk and extend the PCMC-Swargate line at both ends.

Even as the Pune Metro gears up to operationalise its first stretch in the coming months, Maha Metro is looking to enter Pune’s real estate business with around 10 million sq. ft of commercial space being created across the 30 Metro stations on the two corridors. Says Dixit, “more than 50% of Pune Metro’s revenues would accrue from non-fare sources, to ensure the financial viability of the project”.

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Alstom to provide maintenance for 46 trains to the Bulgarian national railway company BDZ


Alstom signed a five-year contract for rolling stock maintenance for the Bulgarian national railway company BDZ Passenger Services. The contract is worth approximately 70 million Euros.

The scope of the contract includes full maintenance services, consisting of preventive and corrective maintenance as well as overhauls for 46 non-Alstom trains, including 22 diesel and 24 electric multiple units, totaling 126 cars.  

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“Alstom extends to Bulgaria with a new maintenance contract,” said Gabriel Stanciu, Managing Director for Alstom in Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova. “This contract builds on our unique expertise in non-Alstom trains maintenance, consolidated and fully proven during our 15-year contract for the Bucharest metro trains and other maintenance projects worldwide. We have started the preliminary preparations in order to be able to provide maintenance. This is our first contract in Bulgaria and we are proud and grateful that the customer chose our expertise and extensive know-how”, Gabriel Stanciu concluded.

The trains started operation in 2006-2007, in regions with high circulation. The diesel ones operate on the Sofia-Kyustendil line and in Varna region. The EMUs are servicing traffic in the Sofia and Plovdiv areas.

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Good News-Chennai Metro to implement QR code based tickets at stations in six months

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Chennai Metro Rail plans to launch QR code-based ticketing services that can be used in stations and parking lots in six months.

When implemented, the commuters can, through a mobile app, buy a ticket and just swipe the QR code at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gate or ticketing gate, which will save them a lot of time.

At present, commuters have to pay in stations through a smart card or a token or a trip card (a monthly pass) to pay for their trip. But, Chennai Metro Rail had announced sometime back, that commuters can pay at the parking lot only with a smart card and not cash.

According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), they have been trying to speed up the launch QR codes for this specific reason. “Thousands of passengers have been using trip cards on a daily basis. Even if a passenger has a trip card, he needs to buy a smart card just for payment at the parking lot, which has irked many commuters. Now, if this system is introduced, a commuters can just tap the QR code in both the station and parking lot and travel without any hassle,” an official said.

The introduction of the service will also be particularly useful because commuters have to necessarily use only ticket vending machines (TVM) in stations. Also, if they are going to pay cash to buy a ticket at the counter, only cashless transactions are allowed.

“Some of the TVMs are not working and some others that function don’t accept all the currency notes. It has become a cumbersome process for passengers. So, we think if the QR code system is put into place at the earliest, passengers will benefit to a great extent,” another official said.

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Qatar Rail launches preview service for the Doha Metro Gold Line

Qatar Metro

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has announced the launch of its preview service for the Doha Metro Gold  Line, which extends from  Ras Bu Abboud  in the east, to Al Aziziyah in the west. The Gold line preview service covers 11 stations, including Ras Bu Abboud, National Museum, Souq Waqif, Bin Mahmoud, Al Sadd, Joaan, Al Sudan, Al Waab, Sport City, Al Aziziyah and interchange station Msheireb.

Customers can now travel between the Doha Metro’s Gold and Red Line through Msheireb station. When interchanging between lines, customers are not required to tap in and out as long as they remain within the paid area. All journeys including those requiring an interchange will only cost 2 QAR in our standard and family class, and 10 QAR in Gold class for one trip.

The Gold Line’s operating hours are the same as the Red Line, from 6 am to 11 pm Saturday  to Thursday and from 02:00 pm- 11:00pm on Fridays, with trains operating every 5 minutes.

Commenting on this milestone said Eng. Abdulla Saif Al Sulaiti, Chief of Service Delivery at Qatar Rail: “The launch of the metro preview services has been well received and we’ve had a extremely positive response from our customers. The launch of the Gold Line service is another key milestone for Qatar Rail leading up to the delivery of our fully-fledged integrated network by 2020. In the past few months, we have dedicated our efforts to deliver the expansion of Doha Metro services, and we are ahead of schedule.”.

He added: “With the launch of the Gold Line preview service we are expecting customer numbers to increase considerably as we open up more journey opportunities to explore the city; connecting attractions and lifestyle destinations including, National Museum, Souq Waqif, Al Sadd and Sport City.”.

New metrolink routes will be added by Qatar Rail’s feeder bus service provider Mowasalat, transporting passengers to and from metro stations and surrounding areas. Metro passengers can view available routes using Qatar Rail’s and Mowasalat’s mobile apps or websites. Qatar Rail will be adding and extending its metrolink routes to new neighborhoods and areas, enabling a seamless journey for customers.

All Gold Line stations are now ready to welcome customers. Doha Metro flags have been placed at the entrances of all Gold line stations. Our stations carry Doha Metro’s distinct architectural identity, “Vaulted Spaces”, the network’s contemporary design imprint, reflecting regional heritage through open spaces that mimic traditional Bedouin tents. The stations’ interior spaces and floors signifies the color gold.

Our stations are accessible and air conditioned. Each one contains a customer information and goldclub centre, separate male and female prayer areas and restrooms. Live service updates and information is displayed on monitors in all stations, and information on last train schedule and metrolink services can be found at the stations entrances.

Knowlegable and friendly Customer Service agents are on hand across all stations to assist with any enquiries or questions about the network. Stations are equipped with security cameras and a first aid room to ensure the safety and security for all customers.

Travel cards can be purchased at metro stations. Pre-loaded Standard Travel cards can be purchased from licensed retailers including Al Meera, LuLu, Carrefour, Jumbo Electronics, and Family Food Centre. Gold club travel cards are available from dedicated goldclub offices at all Metro stations.

source: Qatar Rail

Alstom to deliver four additional Coradia Lint regional trains to Nordjyske Jernbaner in Denmark

Alstom-Coradia Lint

Alstom has received an order from Nordjyske Jernbanen for 4 additional Coradia Lint to add to their current fleet of 13. The trains will be built at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, with delivery planned by mid-2021.

We are very happy that Nordjyske Jernbanen now chooses to expand their Coradia Lint fleet. It is comfortable and reliable, and as such a popular train among passengers.  Alstom has sold 1,000 Coradia Lint regional trains; it is unquestionably the most successful diesel multiple unit (DMU) in Europe”, says Emmanuel Henry, Managing Director of Alstom in Denmark.

Coradia Lint has already shown great reliability and an overall high standard. Thanks to its lightweight, it boasts reduced fuel consumption. Its maximum operating speed is 140 km/h. The 2-unit trains ordered by Nordjyske Jernbaner have a total of 120 seats and up to 135 places when including standing passengers. The trains are also equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, information systems and video surveillance for the full comfort and security of the passengers.

Alstom’s Coradia Lint trains have been operating in more than 30 networks in Germany, Europe and Canada since the year 2000. Thanks to continuous improvements, they offer the highest standard of safety, noise reduction and low emissions and have a very high availability rate. The trains belong to Alstom’s Coradia range of modular trains, which benefits from over 30 years of expertise and proven technical solutions and includes the world’s first hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint. More than 2,800 Coradia trains have been sold so far and around 2,300 are currently in service.

source: Alstom

New edition of the Alstom Talent Energy program for young graduates

16 September 2019 – Alstom has launched the seventh edition of its programme for young graduates in Spain, an initiative that aims to train and integrate them into the labor market. This initiative, called Alstom Talent Energy, combines post-graduate training and professional work placements in a single programme. The objective is to provide opportunities for recent graduates to continue their personal and professional development in a global company as Alstom, a world leader in the mobility sector.

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With this successful programme, in which more than 200 graduates have already participated, we are committed with training and incorporating young graduates into the labor market. The promotion of young talent and their professional development is a strategic pillar for our company,” explains Antonio Moreno, Managing Director of Alstom Spain.

The submission period to participate to this edition of the program is open till 25 October. The programme itself, which is undertaken in collaboration with the Fundación Universidad-Empresa (Universities and Businesses Foundation), will start in November.

The Alstom Talent Energy Plan is a 12 months internship programme for Fresh Graduates. This year, it will incorporate 20 interns with different academicals backgrounds (Engineering, Physics, Maths, Management, Quality, Environmental Sciences, among others) in the teams of Alstom in Spain to prepare their future integration on the labor market. Successful candidates will start working in the company’s sites in Madrid or Barcelona, joining Alstom ‘s teams of professionals to work on national and international rail projects.

Those interested should apply by 25 October 2019 in the following link: www.talentoteca.es/alstom

source: Alstom

J Kumar Infra wins a contract of Rs 1998 Crore for Mumbai Metro Project

J-Kumar Infra

On 14 September 2019, Mumbai-based construction company, J Kumar Infraprojects announced that it has received a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) worth INR 1998 Cr from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA.

The company, in detailed statement, said that it has received Letter of Acceptance (LoA) from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for contract of design and construction of Elevated Viaduct and Nine Elevated Stations. The LoA is excluding architectural finishes and PEB Roof Structure. Also, the stated LoA is including two flyovers and underground twin tunnel, Cut and Cover, Ramp and one Underground Station which includes Architectural Finishes and PEB Structures, for Corridor of Mumbai Metro Line 9 i.e. extension of Line 7 from Dahisar (East) to Mira Bhayandar and Andheri to CSIA of Mumbai Metro Rail project of MMRDA for Rs. 1,998 crore.

The company boasts the order book of Rs. 10,372.4 crore as on FY19, which gives strong revenue visibility for the company in the long term.

J Kumar Infraprojects is engaged in construction business which includes design and construction of roads, bridges, flyovers, subways, over bridges, skywalks and railway terminus/stations, among others.

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Alstom hits a century with the 100th ‘Make-in-India’ Metro Trainset rolling out of its Sricity facility

photo credit: Kochi Metro

Alstom India continues its noteworthy innings in India by rolling out the 100th ‘Make-in-India’ metro trainset today from its state-of-the-art rolling stock manufacturing facility in Sricity, Andhra Pradesh. The delivery of the centurion trainset to Kochi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) also marks completion of the Kochi Metro order for 25 trainsets by Alstom. Kochi operates a 100% ‘Make in India’ metro fleet entirely custom-built at the flagship manufacturing facility at Sricity. 

The facility was set up as Alstom’s first global manufacturing centre for rolling stock in the Asia-Pacific region. This plant commenced operations in November 2013 and delivered its first metro trainset to Chennai Metro Rail Corporation (CMRL) in February 2014. The facility currently employs more than 600 employees and has a production capacity of 240 cars per year. The factory is currently scaling up to double production capacity and also introducing latest industrial technologies. 

Till date, Alstom’s Sricity facility has made on-time deliveries of more than 420 metro cars for its Indian and international customers. This includes delivering completely indigenous trainsets to metro rail corporations of Chennai, Lucknow, Kochi and Sydney (its first international order).

Speaking on this occasion Alain Spohr, Managing Director for India and South Asia, said “We have hit a century by delivering the 100th trainset. This milestone signifies many things, but most importantly, it is a vote of confidence of our customers in our capabilities to deliver world class, custom-made solutions. This achievement has been possible by our belief in our Indian talent that includes more than 4200 team members working across various locations in India. We are confident to reach greater heights with our commitment to ‘Make in India’ and aligning our business goals with the country’s vision.”

In just six years since its commencement, Sricity facility has cemented its position as a manufacturing hub for Alstom’s domestic and international clients. The supply chain is close to being 75% domestic to ensure localised manufacturing. Locally, it is also a preferred workplace due to its regular employee development and inclusive programmes with more than 10% of the staff strength being women in various roles as supervisors, planners, engineers etc.

Before end of this year, the facility will commence production for 248 metro cars (31 train sets of 8 cars each) for Mumbai Metro Line 3, 212 metro cars (106 train sets of 2 cars each) for Montreal Metro (Réseau express métropolitain) and 10 more train sets for Chennai Metro, which is already under execution.

source: Alstom

Pune metro: Cabinet approves handover of 53.94 acres govt land to PMRDA


In a move, the state Cabinet of Maharashtra approves the handing over of three government plots in the city to the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) as a parts of its viability gap funding of Rs 812 crore for the proposed metro rail project under PPP from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar.

The state government will be handing over land designated for government polytechnic, dairy development and police department to the PMRDA. In all, the state government will be handing over 53.94 acres in response to PMRDA’s demand, including 26 acres of government polytechnic land on Ganesh hind Road, 17.64 acres of dairy development department in Shivajinagar and 10.3 acres of Pune Rural Police and wireless department. The estimated cost of the metro route from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar is Rs 8,312 crore.

“The state government is supposed to provide Rs 812 crore as financial assistance to the metro rail project. So, the decision is to provide land for raising funds instead of direct financial assistance,” said the state government in a press release.

Accordingly, the PMRDA sought 54.14 acres of government land alongside the proposed metro rail route for raising funds through commercial and business use. The development authority said it was necessary and inevitable to get government land to raise funds for the project.

In October 2018, the state government issued a work order for the proposed 23-km metro line 3 from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar with the contract being granted to a joint venture of Tata and Siemens. The project is based on a public private partnership model to decongest traffic in the city by improving connectivity within the metropolitan region. This line will mainly cater to the information and technology sector.

source: indianexpress

Blue Star wins Rs 253 crore contract for Mumbai metro Line-3

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The air-conditioning and refrigeration manufacturing major Blue Star on has won a contract of worth Rs 253 crore from the mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL).

The scope of work for this contract includes design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the air conditioning, tunnel ventilation and environmental control system for nine underground stations and associated tunnels on Mumbai metro line 3 corridor between Mumbai Central and Bandra.

Moreover as per report line 3 of the mumbai Metro, also known as the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line, is partially funded by JICA (japan International Cooperation Agency) and is the longest continuous underground metro stretch in the country.

In a statement it said “Blue Star with its engineering prowess, proven project management expertise and impressive track record of on-time completion is well confident to execute such complex projects.

L&T Q1 net profit rises to ₹1,473 crore


 India’s largest Engineering and construction company Larsen & Toubro on Tuesday announced a consolidated net profit at ₹1,472.58 crore for June quarter. i.e. 21% year-on-year rise.

 The Strong all-round growth has been seen on all key performance parameters.

L&T had reported it’s net profit of ₹1,214.78 crore in the year-ago quarter, the company said in a BSE filing. However, the net profit was lower than the estimates of ₹1,560 crore.

Consolidated gross revenue for the ended quarter increased by 9.74% to₹29,636 crore.

International revenue stood at ₹9,268 crore accounted for 31% of the total revenue during the quarter.

The company has won orders worth ₹38,700 crore during the ended quarter.

Overall, the consolidated order book stood at ₹2.94 trillion as of 30 June, out of which international orders accounted for 21% of the book.

The infra segment of L&T bagged ₹17,497 crore orders during the quarter, which were 10% lower on an annual basis. The order book for the segment stood at ₹2.19 trillion.

The hydrocarbon segment reported an order booking of ₹3,424 crore for the quarter and order book for this segment stood at₹40,408 crore. This segment, on an annual basis, reported 60 basis points jump in Ebitda margins at 7.6%.

Today, shares of L&T gained 0.44% to close at₹1,410, while the benchmark index, Sensex, lost 0.13% to close at 37,982.74 points.

IRCON signed an agreement of $91.26 mn to upgrade Sri Lankan Railway

Indian Railways’s engineering and construction firm IRCON International has signed an agreement with government of Sri Lanka to upgrade it’s 100 years old 130 km-long Maho-Omanthai rail line. The railway line will be upgraded under Indian concessional financing, and this is the first instance that the track is being upgraded in 100 years.

The contract agreement of worth $91.26 million was signed in Colombo.

This agreement also includes gradation and modification of 12 crossing stations, seven halt stations and 78 level crossings. 

Presently trains on this line runs with of 40 kmph. The travel time too between Maho and Omanthai is about three hours with a maximum sanctioned speed of 60 kmph.

Up gradation of this rail line will enable the Jaffna bound trains to run at a speed of 120 kmph, providing safe, efficient and comfortable transportation to passengers in the Northern Province. It will also improve the travel comfort of passengers, and further contribute to the modernization Sri Lankan Railways.

This contract is a part of India’s commitment for development of the railway sector in Sri Lanka under Indian concessional financing.

As on date India has already upgraded around 300 km of railway track and provided modern signalling and telecommunication system for around 330 km railway line in Sri Lanka.

In June 2017, India had signed a Agreement of $318 million to develop the development of the railway sector in Sri Lanka. Under this Line of Credit, other projects that are underway include procurement of 160 passenger coaches; upgradation of signal and telecommunication system from Maho to Anuradhapura; and setting up of a Railway Workshop in Rathmalana.

Alstom to supply core train systems for first driverless metro line in Nanjing, China

Alstom has signed a contract with Nanjing Metro to provide traction systems and the train control and monitoring system (TCMS) for 318 metro cars that will run on Nanjing Line 7, the first driverless metro line in the Chinese city. Alstom, with its global experience in unattended train operation (UTO), will also provide technical review for the system. The value of the contract is nearly €50 million.

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Alstom will provide the OptONIX traction system, which was developed specifically for the Chinese market. Alstom’s joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE), will manufacture the traction systems with support from Alstom sites in Belgium, France and India. Alstom’s joint venture in Xi’an, Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd will supply the traction motors.

Nanjing Line 7 is a key metro line in Nanjing’s metro network. 35 kilometres long with 27 stations, it connects the southwest to the northeast of the city. According to the long-term metro network development plan of Nanjing, Line 7 will have interchange stations with 11 metro lines in the future.  

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“This contract confirms Alstom’s leading role in driverless metros in China. This role stems from the performance of 28 driverless metro projects around the world, including seven in China. Compared to other metro lines, metro lines with unattended train operations can reduce required manpower by 30-70%, achieve higher frequency, increase space for passengers, and improve reliability by over 50%,” said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom in China & East Asia.

Nanjing Line 7 is the eighth driverless metro line in China including Alstom solutions. Other references include the Beijing Airport Link, Shanghai Metro Line 10, Hong Kong South Island Line (East), as well as four newly awarded lines, Shanghai metro lines 15 and 18, Chengdu Line 9 and Wuhan Line 21.    

Alstom has been present in Nanjing for 20 years as a major supplier of metros, traction systems, signalling systems and services. It has supplied 456 metro cars for Nanjing Line 1, Line 2 and their respective extensions, traction systems for the 534 metro cars of Nanjing Line 4, 10, S1 and S3, signalling systems for Ningtian Intercity Line, and traction overhaul services for Nanjing Lines 1 and 2.  

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Stadler wins tender for framework agreement to supply 80 TRAMLINK trams for Milan


Thanks to its TRAMLINK, Stadler has emerged as the winner of the tender for a framework agreement to deliver up to 80 trams for Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM). The initial order is for 30 vehicles.

The term of the framework agreement is six years. An objection period has now started following notification to the losing bidders that Stadler is to be awarded the contract. This objection period must expire before the award procedure can go ahead and a legally binding contract can be signed.

The Italian transport company ATM intends to sign a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of up to 80 TRAMLINK trams. The vehicles are intended for use in the network of Milan. In an initial order, Stadler is to be commissioned to supply 30 TRAMLINK trams.

The framework agreement has a term of six years. The objection period began following the award of the contract. Unsuccessful bidders can eventually decide whether to initiate a verification procedure against the decision. The framework agreement cannot be legally signed until after this deadline, at which point Stadler will provide further information about the contract.

source: Stadler

Alstom unveils its new brand identity: mobility by nature

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Alstom’s brand signature and visual brand expression are evolving to reflect the Group’s new ambition: “Be the leading global innovative player for a sustainable and smart mobility”. This new brand signature will be “mobility by nature”.

This tagline is the result of an internal poll in which more than 2,500 employees made proposals for expressing Alstom’s vision. It will replace the current signature Designing fluidity and will be supported by a complete renewal of Alstom’s visual brand expression. Both will be implemented from October 2019.

The first application of this new brand expression is a new brand film.

Through this brand signature, we wanted to emphasise two messages. First, the fact that today we are a pure player in the mobility field. Second, to reaffirm our commitment to sustainable mobility. This new signature perfectly expresses who we are, and the new visual brand identity will allow us to bring consistency and modernness in the way we express ourselves,” said Bruno Tourne, VP Communications at Alstom.

Alstom partnered with Saguez & Partners for the brand visual expression refreshment, and with Le Septième Bureau for the brand film. The music, managed by the sound agency Start-Rec, is performed by Caesaria

source: Alstom

Srinagar and Jammu to get Metro Rail Projects


Soon, Jammu Kashmir citizens will be able to enjoy metro services in Srinagar and Jammu! In order to address the developmental challenges, Srinagar and Jammu cities, the state government on recently announced setting up of two metropolitan region development authorities.

As per government officials, under the Jammu and Kashmir metropolitan region development authorities Act 2018, two umbrella authorities namely Jammu Metropolitan region development authority and Srinagar metropolitan region development authority, have been established.

As per several media reports, Srinagar and Jammu, the two capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir, will get metro trains within the next four years. The Jammu and Kashmir government announced earlier this week that the work for the light rail system metro, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to begin soon.

Take a look at salient features of the metro rail project in J&K:

1. The estimated cost of the first phase of the metro for two cities is pegged at Rs 8500 crore. J&K Governor’s administration has approved the elevated corridor option for two light rail transit systems. M/s RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) is in the process finalizing the DPRs for the project.

2. As per the metro plan, Indra Nagar and Osmanabad in Bemina to Hazuri Bagh will be connected with metro rail in the first phase of the project. This will cover a distance of 25 Km. The corridor will have 24 stations in total.

3. In Phase II, the metro train will connect Indra Nagar to Pampore Bus stand and Hazuri Bagh to Srinagar airport covering a distance of 17.5 Kms. This corridor will have 14 stations.

4. In Jammu city, the metro in the first phase will be from Bantalab to Greater Kailash and Udheywala to exhibition ground. The second phase metro train will run from Greater Kailash to Bari Brahamana railway station and Exhibition Ground to Satwari Chowk to Jammu airport. This corridor will be 20.5 Km long with 17 stations.

5. As per officials, light railway system, the first in India, will have a low footprint, low noise, greater comfort, aesthetic appeal and blend with the surrounding landscape.

source: Timesnow

UAE National Railways project to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai worth AED 4.4 billion approved

Etihad Rail

The Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, the developer and operator of the national rail network in the UAE, has approved the tender for civil works and construction of the second phase of the UAE National Railways to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai, worth 4.4 billion dirhams.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Thiab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of Etihad Airways.

The B beam extends 216 kilometers, while the C beam extends 94 kilometers and forms part of the second phase, which extends 605 kilometers from Ghweifat to Fujairah on the east coast.

HH Sheikh Dhiaab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan witnessed the signing of the contract by the Union of Railways Company for a contract with the Gantoot Transport and General Contracting Company and the China Railways Construction Company, which was awarded the second phase B and C packages.

The agreement was signed by Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Airways Company, Wang Jensuq, Vice Chairman of China Railway Construction Company and Ali Mohammed Sadiq Al Baloushi, Chairman of Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting Company.

HH Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE National Railways, described the UAE National Railways as one of the most important economic and development projects. He pointed out in this regard his role in raising the performance of the transport and goods sector throughout the country. The means of transport on which states depend on achieving economic and social goals.

“Etihad Railways is setting new prospects for development, transport and communications and is moving forward to strengthen the transport sector in the UAE through the tremendous progress achieved in the completion of the national rail network in the country as a safe, modern and sustainable national railway network,” he said.

He added that Etihad’s strategy is to build a railway network that meets the needs and aspirations of customers. MoUs have been signed with national companies operating in different industries, which have chosen the railway network to meet their diverse needs. At lower cost, and more efficiently than traditional transport.

He explained that the launch of the B and C packages from the second phase is a continuation of the second phase of the project, which links the UAE and meets its future aspirations. It is particularly important as it links Khalifa Port in Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad) to Jebel Ali Port. Strategic ports in the country and industrial areas that extend 310 kilometers. It is the backbone of the national railway network, which is working to upgrade the transport and shipping sector in the UAE by linking ports with economic, industrial and residential areas.

He also praised the efforts of the Board members in achieving the strategy of the Union of Railways and meet their aspirations for the future, and praised His Highness for their hard work.

The work of the Phase II project is focused on the design and construction of the railway infrastructure, including drilling, bridges, tunnels, main and subsidiary stations, linking package B to package A and package C of package B of the second phase of the network, valued at 4.4 Billion dirham, which will include a double track.

On the other hand, Union Rail Company is working to connect the rest of the UAE by awarding the remaining contracts in the coming months.

It is worth noting that Union Rail has signed a contract agreement with the Alliance of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC and SK Engineering & Construction, in an effort to complete the 1,200 km long national rail network, It is an integral part of the GCC rail network.

Etihad Airways was established in June 2009 pursuant to Federal Decree No. 2 to develop and operate the UAE’s passenger and cargo rail network. A railway network will be established to link the most important residential and industrial centers in the UAE, which will form an important part of the network. The planned rail link between the GCC countries.

The first phase, which was operated and delivered in accordance with the budget and time, was successfully completed and estimated at 264 km. It is intended for transporting sulfur granules from its sources in the Shah and Habshan field to the export point at Ruwais port.

The railway network will operate according to the latest technologies adopted for operating systems, according to the highest international standards, and will extend the railway network to cover an estimated distance of 1200 kilometers, driving the wheel of economic growth and enhanced by the social sustainable development.

source: etihad Rail

Alstom bags a €42 million contract to supply traction systems for Xi’an Metro Line 5 in China


Alstom has secured contracts with total value of about €42 million in Xi’an supplying traction systems for 222 metro cars (37 trains) for Xi’an Line 5 phase one, and for 180 metro cars (30 trains) for Xi’an Line 5 phase two respectively.

Alstom will provide the OptONIX traction system for both phase one and phase two, including VVVF, CVS and motors. OptONIX was designed and developed specifically for the Chinese market. Before this, Alstom has supplied traction systems for 246 metro cars (41 trains) of Xi’an Line 3 phase one.

Xi’an Line 5 is 45km long in total with 34 stations. It is the backbone metro line connecting Xi’an city with Xixian New District.  

Winning these contracts demonstrate the high level of trust customers in Xi’an have for Alstom. We now provide traction systems gradually for over six hundred metro cars, making us one of the major traction system suppliers in the market. Xi’an has become another strategic market for Alstom in China,” said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom in China & East Asia.

Alstom’s joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE) will manufacture the traction systems. Alstom’s joint venture in Xi’an, Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd (XAYEECO) will supply traction motors for the traction system.

In 2006, Alstom invested in a joint venture with CRRC Yongji and established XAYEECO, manufacturing traction motors for urban and mainline railway networks. The joint venture is the biggest traction motor manufacturing site for Alstom outside of Europe. Since its establishment, Alstom has been introducing its world advanced traction motor manufacturing know-how to Xi’an.

source: Alstom

SCR commissions longest electrified railway tunnel


South Central Railway (SCR) has added another feather to its cap by commissioning the longest electrified tunnel in Indian Railways.

The electrified tunnel measuring 6.6 kilometres is situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations and is part of the 113-km new railway line completed recently between Obulavaripalli– Venkatachalam – Krishnapatnam Port.

Two freight trains have been run successfully on the electrified railway line a few days ago, thereby opening up viable rail connectivity between Krishnapatnam Port and its hinterland for goods train services.

Efforts lauded

SCR General Manager Gajanan Mallya lauded the efforts of the railway authorities and all the staff involved in completion of this tunnel in a record time of 43 months.

“The tunnel, an engineering marvel, is a pride for SCR zone. The new railway line is helpful for decongesting traffic on the Vijayawada-Gudur main line,” Mr. Mallya said, adding that the tunnel would reduce the distance between Krishnapatnam Port and the hinterland areas by 60 km.

At present, the average travel time taken by goods train from Krishnapatnam Port to Obulavaripali is 10 hours. With the commissioning of the new line, the travel time would be reduced to five hours, the General Manager said.

Horse shoe shape

The electrified tunnel is constructed in the shape of ‘Horse Shoe’ on New Australian Tunnelling Method, at a cost of ₹460 crore. The height of the tunnel (rail level to roof) is 6.5 metres and the minimum height of the contact wire is maintained at 5.2 metres, the railway officials said.

Mr. Mallya said the new line would facilitate direct and viable connectivity between South Coast and West Coast Railway and improve freight revenue of the zone.

source:the hindu

Bombardier wins order to supply 12 commuter trains for Adelaide, Australia


Mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation has received a contract variation from the Government of South Australia for 12 three-car A-City electric multiple unit (EMU) trains. This latest order will increase Bombardier’s fleet of A-City EMUs to a total of 34 trains and provide a much-needed capacity increase on Adelaide’s suburban rail network.

Wendy McMillan, President, South East Asia and Australia Region, Bombardier Transportation, said, “Since 2005, Bombardier has been supporting Adelaide’s mobility needs with its diesel and electric commuter trains and this contract variation is another huge endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products designed, built and maintained here in Australia.” 

She added, “We are proud to deepen our long-term partnership in this important market, built on a strong track record of delivery performance, best-in-class rail technology and value-adding long-term solutions; which has laid the foundation to further support South Australian Government’s great efforts to meet a higher demand for public transport that will ensure the comfort and ease of every passenger’s journey.”

source: Bombardier

Alstom to supply 32 additional DT5 metros for Hamburg

Hamburg Metro

Alstom, in consortium with Bombardier Transportation, will supply 32 further DT5 metro trains to Hamburger Hochbahn AG (Hochbahn) for a total amount of 186 million euros. Alstom’s share of the contract amounts to over 100 million euros. As part of this contract, Alstom will supply the mechanical part, the bogies and the mechanical braking system, while Bombardier will supply the electrical equipment, the driving system, the passenger information system and the vehicle control system. The trains will be assembled at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. The new trains are to be put into service from January 2021 onwards.

“For many years now, our vehicles have been shaping mobility in Hamburg. This order confirms that customers and passengers are satisfied with our vehicles and will continue to rely on the DT5 trains in the future. With this order we will have delivered a total of 163 vehicles to Hamburg. This is a proof of our long-standing, trusting and sustainable cooperation with Hochbahn”, says Dr. Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director for Alstom in Germany and Austria.

The DT5 metro fleet has been in operation in Hamburg since autumn 2012. The Hochbahn has now ordered a total of 163 metro trains of this generation in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers in the city. In the past, Alstom had already delivered the DT2, DT3 and DT4 fleets – a total of 462 trains – to the Hamburg subway system.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. In order to meet the needs of such a large urban population, the DT5 was designed as a modern, spacious subway with wide corridors, a continuous interior and multi-purpose areas adapted to new passenger needs. Each of the 40 meter long three-car trains has 96 seats, 240 standing spaces and two additional wheelchair spaces. The DT5 also offers high passenger comfort, such as air conditioning, passenger information and monitoring systems as well as automatic door closing.

The DT5 subways are environmentally friendly. Their lightweight stainless steel car bodies and regenerative braking system contribute to improving energy efficiency. The vehicles are very quiet, which makes the Hamburg subway one of the quietest in the world. 

As part of the Hamburg Senate’s bidding offensive, Hochbahn is expanding its range of services by an average of around five percent per year over the next three years. The new services include significantly tighter metro intervals and a massive expansion of the bus service with new express and area buses. The latest subway generation (DT5) is now to be increased by 32 vehicles and up to 163 vehicles at a later stage.

source: Alstom

EIG Inspects Corridor II stations of Hyderabad Metro

EIG inspection

The inspection of 33kV/415V indoor auxiliary substations installed in three Hyderabad Metro Rail stations from JBS – Parade Ground to Gandhi Hospital of Corridor-II (JBS – Parade Ground to MGBS – Green Line) of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project has been completed.

The inspection is a part of the process for according the sanction for energization of these stations which will facilitate the testing and commissioning activities of Railway Systems like Signalling, Tele Communication and Automatic Fare Collection in this section.

DVS Raju, Chief Electrical Inspector to Government of India, said, “Commissioning of these auxiliary substations would boost the progress and hasten the completion of Hyderabad Metro Rail section between JBS – Parade Ground and MGBS of Corridor-II.” The aforementioned Hyderabad Metro Rail stations receive power at 33kV voltage through ring main fed from 132/33/25 kV Receiving Substations (RSS) located at MGBS and Uppal.

source: thehansindia

Sydney Metro: TBM Kathleen prepares for historic dig under the Harbour

Sydney Metro

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Kathleen has passed its final inspection and is now ready to launch from Barangaroo next month to dig the historic rail crossing deep under Sydney Harbour.

The 975 tonne tunnel boring machine was assembled deep under Barangaroo and will soon start digging the first of twin one-kilometre tunnels, 40 metres below the Harbour at its deepest.

After building the first tunnel, TBM Kathleen will have her giant cutter head and main section lifted out at Blues Point and placed on a barge to return to Barangaroo. The machine’s support trailers will be pulled back to Barangaroo inside the first tunnel.

Kathleen will then build the second tunnel under Sydney Harbour after that, the whole TBM will be retrieved at Blues Point and taken away by barge. The machine is expected to tunnel through clay, silt and sediment and will use state-of-the-art tunnelling technology to safely make its way under the harbour.

This specialised TBM is named after Kathleen Butler, who played a vital role in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the technical advisor to legendary engineer John JJC Bradfield.

TBM Kathleen will join the four borers currently digging from Marrickville and Chatswood towards the harbour’s edge.

Together, all five TBMs will deliver twin 15.5 kilometre rail tunnels for Australia’s biggest public transport project.

source: sydney metro

Metro Man E Sreedharan resigns as principal advisor of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation


Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan aka the Metro Man, has submitted his resignation as the Principal Advisor to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) on Monday. The former Chief of Delhi Metro handed his resignation citing health issues. The LMRC has forwarded the resignation letter to the state government for approval.

Sreedharan who was appointed as LMRC’s Principal Advisor on February 2014 is known for his experience in handling big Metro projects in the country.

LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav said: “Sreedharan personally monitored the construction work of the North-South Corridor. His valuable guidance was crucial in construction of the underground section. I requested him not to resign but he said his health was not supporting him at this point of time.”

The former Chief of Delhi Metro advised Chief Engineers to implement austerity measures and cut expenses on maintenance and operations.  

Sreedharan is known for supervising the construction work of elevated tracks on the East-West Corridor to be built on a single pillar using lightweight technology. It brought down the total budget of the project by 15.9 per cent from Rs 5,396 crore to Rs 4,538 crore.

Separately, following Delhi CM’s proposal of giving free rides to women on Delhi Metro, Sreedharan wrote to PM Modi and made it clear that he was not in favour of such a proposal. In his letter to the Prime Minister on June 10, Sreedharan wrote, “One shareholder cannot take a unilateral decision to give concession to one section of community and push Delhi Metro in to inefficiency and bankruptcy.”

source: BT

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