Alstom commences production of the latest generation trainsets for Delhi Metro Rail


Author: Mankirat Kaur

Alstom commenced the production of its world-class Metropolis trainsets for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Phase IV. Awarded in November 2022, this order aims to deliver 52 train sets, each comprising of six cars.

The project is designed to cater to three different lines of DMRC, with two lines being extensions of the existing Line 7 and Line 8, and the new Gold Line 10 connecting Aerocity to Tughlakabad, covering a total distance of 64.67 km. The production was commenced at a commemorative ceremony led by leaders from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Alstom India.

Olivier Loison Managing Director, Alstom India said: “We have a longstanding association with the Delhi Metro, and it is a matter of pride for us to join India’s largest metro network in its continued growth and expansion.”

Speaking about this milestone, Dr. Vikas Kumar, Managing Director, DMRC said: “The Delhi metro stands as the lifeline of our city, and the addition of new routes will greatly enhance connectivity in the national capital. We are glad to know that Alstom is commencing the production of Metro trains for the Delhi Metro’s fourth phase of expansion. We are sure that the new age trains will ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for the passengers.”

The total value of the project is 312 million euro, which also includes the maintenance of 13 trainsets of the new line for a period of 15 years. This 360-degree scope is a game changer for India's metro segment as it will be the first maintenance project for Delhi Metro outsourced to an OEM. The Line 8 extension will extend the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, while the Line 7 extension will connect the Pink Line between Maujpur and Mukundpur and will improve DMRC connectivity another step above.

Highlights of the Delhi Metro Phase IV

The Metropolis trains offer a unique design, a wide range of configurations and ensure the highest performance due to the perfect combination of proven and reliable components and innovations. These new trains are the most advanced state-of-the-art green vehicles, designed for a safe speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph, with GOA 4 driverless features, which makes them an environmentally friendly and comfortable metro solution for passengers of New Delhi.

Design specifications

Inspired by the tricolours of the national flag of India, the door pillar for the saloon interior of the trains will sport a mix of saffron, white, and green paint. The front of the train for Line 10 has a metallic gold paint, making it the first time for Alstom to use this colour for a metro project in India. Under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, these Metropolis trains have been completely designed in India and will be built at the manufacturing facility in Sri City (Andhra Pradesh). This is Alstom’s largest Urban Rolling Stock manufacturing site in India, with a strong portfolio of delivering for major domestic and international projects.