BEML, a public sector undertaking of the Government
has bagged a contract for Rs.3,015 crore for Mumbai Metro Corridor. Ministry of
Housing & Urban Affairs has contributed to this one of the biggest success
stories under Make in India initiatives of the Government, says an official
The order includes manufacturing of 378 Metro cars (63
Metro trains of 6 cars each) for Mumbai Metro Corridor 2A, 2B & 7. BEML was
the lowest among seven bidders which included 6 internationally renowned
bidders. The state of art, driverless trains shall be manufactured indigenously
by M/S BEML. Supply of trains will begin from October 2020 and completed by
December 2022. BEML has earlier also supplied metro coaches in smaller numbers
but along with an international player as a JV partner. It has now sub-contracted
M/s Hitachi only for some designs. The coaches will be manufactured in the BEML
factory at Bengaluru.
Some of the salient features include Full Air
Conditioning, Driverless train compatibility, Regenerative braking system, CCTV
surveillance for passenger security and real-time track monitoring, Stainless
steel body with 4 doors on each side.
Evolution of metro rail in India is indeed a
breath-taking story. Today about 536 kms of metro lines are operational in 10
different cities namely, Delhi & NCR (317 km), Bangalore,Hyderabad,
Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Gurugram. In addition,
more than 650 kms of metro rail projects are under construction in Delhi &
NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Nagpur,
Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Pune, Bhopal and Indore. Many more cities are also planning
metro rail system.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has
made concerted efforts for indigenisation of metro rail systems in the country.
MoHUA has also
stipulated that minimum 75% of the coaches procured against any tender have to
be manufactured in India. Alstom, Bombardier, BEML, and Titagarh have setup
manufacturing units in India. As a result of the “Make in India” initiatives,
the last two big procurement orders for rolling stock in India, floated on
international competitive bidding model, have gone to Indian companies. This
has also resulted in substantial reduction in cost.
This is one of the largest orders of metro rail
coaches in the recent times. BEML has bagged this contract purely on its own
competence. The award price per coach which is less than Rs.8.00 Crs (including
spares, design, installation, and commissioning) is record lowest in recent
times. Seven International manufacturers of rolling stock viz. Alstom,
Bombardier, CAF, CRRC, Titagarh, BEML, Hyundai Rotem, participated in the bid.
The supply of coaches will start from end of 2020 and will be completed in
about two years’ time.
The project is being assisted by Asian Development
Bank and the procurement has been done following their guidelines and
Metro line 2A will connect Dahisar to DN Nagar in
Mumbai. Metro line 2B will run further from DN Nagar to Mankhurd via Bandra,
and Metro line 7 from Dahisar to Andheri (east).