Alstom delivers first trainset for India’s Bhopal-Indore metro rail project


Author: By Mankirat Kaur

Valued at €387 million, Alstom has successfully delivered the first trainset for the Bhopal–Indore metro project to India’s Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) today.

The trainset is expected to be operational from April 2024. The second trainset, which will be delivered by September 2023, will be deployed to the Bhopal region.

These ultramodern, lightweight trains will operate at a top speed of 80km/h, across a 31km line in Bhopal with 30 stations as well as a 31.5km line in Indore with 29 stations. 27 of the three car configuration trainsets, will be for Bhopal while 25 trainsets will be for the Indore region. The trains will have a 50-passenger seating and 300 standing capacity.

These air-conditioned cars are as we to be developed with ‘a strong emphasis on eco-friendly design to eliminate hazardous substances’ as the need for sustainability further reaches into India. Furthermore, the trains are powered with what Alstom says are ‘energy-efficient’ propulsion systems with regenerative braking. Inside the carriages, ambient lighting and smart light solutions that only use power when the carriages are occupied further help in energy saving. The trains also have dedicated wheelchair space for people with reduced mobility.

This order includes installation of latest generation of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system as well as train control and telecommunication systems. The deal also includes seven years of comprehensive maintenance.