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Rapid Strides in Urban transport & Mobility

Dear Readers, With rapid urbanization, the pressure is mounting on the public transport system from the people living in cities and towns across the country. Mass Rapid Transport System, MRTS has emerged as one of the most effective means of mobility for the citizens in tier-1 and tier-2 cities and Metro has been a major player. Metro Projects have not only added to connectivity, it has reduced the travel time and hence enhanced the ease of living substantially in the urban areas. It has also led to creation of direct and indirect employment opportunities. It is expected that with the expansion of Metros in the cities, local and intercity travel will be easier, mobility and connectivity will be enhanced giving a fillip to local business as well. Our monthly supplements are designed keeping in mind all the curiosity of the people who are looking for information and updates on Urban Transport Mobility. Readers will come across a mixture of news, features and regular columns on a wide range of Metro Rail Projects topics. Our October issue focuses on interesting topics such as Calibration & Measuring Equipment and also provides cover story on ETCS and HoG Technology. Jaipur Metro is chosen as our project of the month and exclusive Interviews of of Mr. Achal Khare, MD, NHSRCL and Tilak Raj Seth, Head Mobility, Siemens Limited, along with other regular columns such as new development in metro project, pre/post-event coverage, technology updates, News analysis, Article, opinions, Awards, appointments, News around the world, live tenders, Industry contract, upcoming events and current job openings. I would also like to express my deepest appreciation to all our readers for your constant support, and our valuable authors, reviewers, for their contributions, service, and interest. I highly appreciate your support and hope to continue our collaboration further. Please feel free to provide your valuable feedback and suggestions on this issue to my email address mentioned below.

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News Highlights


Cover Story: ETCS and HoG Technology


Project of the Month: Jaipur Metro


Exclusive Interview of Mr. Tilak Raj Seth, Head Mobility, Siemens Limited


Featured Project: Guwahati Metro


Exclusive Interview of Mr. Achal Khare, MD, NHSRCL


Focused System : Calibration & Measuring Equipment


Post-Event Coverage: IREE 2019




New Development


Industry News


Contract & Awards




News Around The World




Upcoming Event


Live Tender






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Delhi Metro To Soon Have EV Charging Stations For Last Mile Connectivity Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has been finding ways to extend the last mile connectivity for Metro users in Delhi. For the same, the corporation had recently introduced electric bicycles at select stations. Now, in addition to extending this service to more stations, the authorities will also be installing EV charging points. The effort has been mandated by Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor of Delhi, in a recent meeting as per a report. Aimed at reviewing the progress on the Multi-Modal Integration (MMI) plans on DMRC metro stations, the meeting saw Spl. Commissioner of Police (Traffic), MD (DIMTS); MD (DTIDC), Pr. Chief Engineer (PWD); Secretary-cum-Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD; Chief Architect (DMRC) and other officers in attendance. Encouraging the use of electric vehicles for last-mile connectivity, Lt. Governor of Delhi directed the authorities to set up charging facilities for such electric vehicles at every metro station in Delhi. The idea is to enable users to commute to the metro stations using EVs and then being able to charge them if required.

DMRC Takes over Operations, Maintenance of Rapid Metro Gurugram

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is set to take over the operations and maintenance of the Rapid Metro Rail Gurugram from Tuesday night (October 22). Services on the 11.6 km corridor, developed by Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) and Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon South Limited (RMGSL), will continue to operate as per the normal time table as earlier. The earlier concessionaire RMGL had expressed its inability to run the metro in Gurugram due to low footfall and high expenditure. It has also filed a case in Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a takeover of the network either by the Haryana government or by DMRC. Since DMRC has the experience, it has come forward for the takeover.

Boston in the US, Nice in France, among others. Under the 'Uber Transit' service, when riders enter a destination in the Uber app, they will see ‘Public Transport’ as an option alongside ‘UberGO’, ‘Premier’ and ‘UberPool.’ According to Uber, once the rider will select the ‘Public Transport’ feature, the app will show fastest and cheapest routes, schedules for metro trains, buses and walking directions, to and from nearby metro stations and bus stops. The rider will be able to complete its whole journey by making just one booking on the Uber app. The riders will also be able to make the full payment using the Uber app. Uber is planning to expand the service to all the 210 metro stations, but the company has not provided any timeline so far.

The move of DMRC has been welcomed by all sections including officegoers of Cyber City and residents living in upscale DLF city and localities in New Gurugram.

Delhi Metro green, pink line stations to be connected by a walkway soon

Uber partners with Delhi Metro to launch seamless transport service in the capital In good news for Delhi Metro passengers, taxi aggregator giant Uber has inked a deal with Delhi Metro Rail Service to launch a seamless commuter service 'Uber Transit' at select metro stations Delhi from October 22, 2019. Delhi has become the first Asian city where Uber has launched Transit. Earlier, the USbased firm had launched the service in Boston in the US, Nice in France, among

For an easy interchange between green and pink lines, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is constructing a walkway of 230 metres connecting the two lines. Trains running on Delhi Metro’s Green Line will stop between Punjabi Bagh and Shivaji Park stations. Passengers will get down and walk to the Punjabi Bagh West station of the Pink Line. The green line and pink line are almost perpendicular at their point of the mutual passage. "To facilitate efficient interchange, additional platforms will be constructed in green line where passengers will be allowed to board and deboard. The passengers will then go



NEWS HEIGHLIGHTS down from the platforms and take the walkway to finally reach the concourse area of Punjabi Bagh West," DMRC tweeted.

tenders again and plans to induct only electric buses.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited on Saturday the Dwarka Sector 21 metro station, which is fitted with solar panels funded by the KfW, a state-owned development bank of her country.

This will be the first interchange facility of its sort in the Delhi Metro network where passengers will change trains.

PM Modi and PM Jugnauth jointly inaugurate phase-1 of Metro Express & new ENT Hospital in Mauritius

AC buses to boost Delhi Metro Rail Corporation feeder service The rickety feeder bus service of Delhi Metro is soon going to be replaced by a fleet of air-conditioned electric midibuses. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has floated tenders for 100 electric buses, for which it will receive assistance under the Centre’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles-2 (FAME-2) scheme. Though DMRC plans to induct 422 feeder buses, at the moment, it has floated tenders for 100 electric buses. The 100 buses will be divided into two clusters — east and north — with 50 buses each. The successful bidder will have to procure, operate and maintain these midi AC electric buses. The tender also includes the development of bus depot infrastructure for repair and maintenance of buses on land or plot provided by DMRC. The depot for east cluster will be created at Shastri Park and the one for north at Majlis Park.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated the Metro Express and new ENT Hospital in Mauritius through a video conference on October 3, 2019. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted the significance of the Metro rail system and health-care projects in further enhancing the quality of life of the people of Mauritius, as well as in deepening the close ties between the two countries.

Merkel visited the terrace of the metro station where she was briefed by officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) about the solar project. The Frankfurt-based bank has also offered soft loans for other projects in India, including the Clean Ganga Mission. The visit to the metro station, the first-solar fitted one in the mammoth Delhi Metro network, was the last leg of Merkel's trip to India, who arrived here on Thursday night. The chancellor spent nearly 30 minutes at the station and also interacted with an eauto driver.

Prime Minister Modi also said that the event was the first such occasion bringing Indian and Mauritian leaders together through a vide link across the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister Modi said that the much anticipated Metro Express (Light Rail Transit) Project, will transform the mobility landscape in Mauritius as an efficient, faster and cleaner mode of public transport.

DMRC has been planning a major overhaul of its feeder bus services and that is why it had floated tenders last year to introduce air-conditioned feeder buses that will be electric and CNG-run. The e a r l i e r t e n d e r s , h o w e v e r, w e r e discharged and DMRC has now floated tenders again and plans to induct only 10

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Delhi metro station equipped with Germany-funded solar panel


Centre will soon announce metro fare discount for students, senior citizens The central government will soon announce concession in Delhi Metro fares for students and senior citizens as a technology-based solution has been found to implement the same, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on October 14. In an interview to PTI, the Union housing and urban affairs minister said that the relief can also be extended to passengers of other categories, but it would be need-


in the south part of the city.

Currently, no discount on fares is offered for any category of passengers on the Delhi Metro.

The notice was issued by a division bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and C. Hari Shankar to the Delhi government and DMRC.

"Our scheme will also cover most girl students and female senior citizens. We want to implement it through the technology-based solution so that there is no misuse of the facility," he said. A technology-based solution will assure that benefits reach the targeted group and is not misused, Puri said. According to the Union minister, the central government will extend the relief to passengers of other categories after public consultation. "We are ready with a technology-based solution to provide relief to students and senior citizens travelling on metro trains. The central government will implement it appropriately," Puri said.

Delhi HC issues notice to DMRC Delhi high court on October 18, 2019 issued notice in a public interest litigation (PIL) which sought Delhi government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to take effective steps/measures and ensure safety of life of the residents of south Delhi as guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution of India from tremors caused by the underground metro train transport and by adopting effective measures in a time-bound manner. The petition moved by Anti Corruption Council of India Trust has contended that the problem is more acute in colonies situated in the south part of the city. 12

Delhi Metro to upgrade its metro fleet to eight-coach trains by March 2021 In a bid to accommodate the increasing footfalls, Delhi Metro plans to convert all six-coach trains to eight-coach ones by March 2021 and press them into service on the Red, Yellow and Blue Lines. Currently, both six-coach and eight-coach trains operate on these three lines. “The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) is procuring 120 coaches and the conversion is likely to be completed by March 2021 in a phased manner,” a senior official in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited said. “There are 39 six-coach trains on Red Line (Line 1), there are 12 and 9 six-coach trains on Yellow (Line 2) and Blue Line (Line 3/4), respectively,” he added. The Blue and Yellow Lines are the busiest corridors of the network and mostly have eight-coach trains. However, there are still some of the six-coach trains left and these will be fully converted into eightcoach train sets. BMRCL’s net loss rises from ₹352 crore to ₹498.41 crore In the second year of full-fledged operations of phase I of Namma Metro, the farebox revenue of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has increased from ₹281 crores in 2017-18 to ₹ 355 crores in 2018-19, registering a


₹ 355 crores in 2018-19, registering a growth of 26.34%. In a release, the BMRCL has stated that it had achieved operational cash surplus of ₹83.5 crores in the previous financial year. “After considering the interest on loans amounting ₹112.50 crores, the net cash loss for 2018-19 is ₹29 crore as against the previous year’s net cash loss of ₹37.58 crores,” states the release. It adds that there has been an increase in operational expenses owing to salaries, wages, introduction of six coach trains and maintenance and energy costs. The state government has reimbursed cash losses to the tune of ₹202.27 crores for the period of 2013-2016 and ₹116.39 crores for 2016-17 and partially for 2017-18. “The improved operational performance leading to reduction of cash losses enabled BMRCL to seek lesser cash support from the Government of Karnataka,” the release states. The release further states that the net loss of the company has increased from ₹352.25 crore to ₹498.41 crore due to higher depreciation charged on the assets for the full year.

Bengaluru Metro rail network to be extended With about 70,000 vehicles choking the roads and causing gridlocks across the city, the Karnataka government has decided to extend the commuter service of the state-run Bengaluru Metro network to 300 km from 119 km at a whopping cost of Rs 30,695 crore, an official said on Thursday.

NEWS HEIGHLIGHTS "To ease the chaotic traffic across the city where about 80,000 vehicles choke the arterial roads, the state government has decided to extend the metro rail network to 300 km by adding 181 km in the third phase to reach satellites towns by 2025," an official in the Chief Minister's Office told IANS here.

The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has also managed to take approval for the implementation of the Agra metro rail project from the municipal corporation and public works department (PWD). However, the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority, Ministry of Environment and the Supreme Court of India have not yet given their clearance.

A committee has been formed to draft a set of standards and specification for the metro on rubber tyre-wheels. Such a metro is running successfully in many countries including Paris and Hong Kong. This metro also runs on railway tracks, but wheels are used in tyres. It was first used in Paris.

The 43-km metro network in its phase-1 is being expanded by another 76 km in phase-2 at a cost of Rs 26,405 crore to provide efficient and punctual service to more commuters across the bustling city from 2021.

BMRCL prepares the land for airport line metro

Agra Smart City gives conditional NOC for Agra metro rail project The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) received the ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ from the Agra Smart City Limited for implementation of the Agra metro rail project on 31 October 2019. The Agra Smart City Limited has issued NOC with a few terms and conditions to carry out the construction work in the city. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) will have to take responsibility and repair the damages which it may incur on the smart city project works during the construction of the Agra metro rail project. KB Singh, deputy chief executive officer of Agra Smart City Limited, said “Agra metro project is a significant scheme for the development of the city. Therefore, No Objection Certificate (NOC) has been provided with a few terms and conditions to ensure work done under the smart city projects are not affected”

Metro trains in smaller cities could run on rubber tyres. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is bringing a policy to run a metro with rubber tyres, instead of steel wheels, to reduce costs. The move follows the Ministry's metrolite initiative that entails trains with lesser number of coaches.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has started preparing the ground for its airport line by initiating works on shifting of utilities. The revised alignment of the airport line Phase 2B, which is planned to begin from KR Puram instead of Nagavara, will reach the airport via Hebbal. The BMRCL has invited tenders for shifting of street lights infringing on the proposed metro line. A separate tender will be called for shifting of pipelines and other utilities Said, Senior officials. The six-month work includes setting up of new street light system with LED lamps under the watch of the BMRCL as well as the BBMP.

Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said, "When the committee comes out with its report there will be a process of approval and then it will be presented in public domain for states to adopt. We have not frozen on the standards and specifications for it yet.” This is much cheaper than both the Metro Rail and Metrolite. While the per kilometer cost of metro rail is Rs 300 crore, metrolite is Rs 100 crore and metro on tyres will cost Rs 60 crore. The minister said that the metrolite has been approved by the ministry and the Board of the Directors of Delhi Metro has also given its not for its use in a 20 km stretch from Dwarka sector 25 to Kirti Nagar. Now, the ministry will await the proposal to come from the Delhi government to use the metrolite. The maximum operational speed of the Metrolite is 60 km per hour... In any case, even with the failure of onboard signalling, the speed is restricted to 25 km per hour. The train is to accommodate around 300 passengers. A similar process, he said will be followed in case of the metro on tyres.

Centre suggests to run metro with rubber tyres in small cities to cut cost

In August this year, the Maharashtra cabinet cleared the mass transport system 'Metro Neo' for better connectivity



EDITOR CHOICE across Nashik. However, Nashik will have to wait for the report of the committee and the final approval from the union ministry before it begins building, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra said. As per the Nashik model, the metro on tyres will like all lines have an elevated corridor and its coaches will operate on electricity and battery and ply on elevated viaducts with state-of-the-art terminals. "Nashik are the prime movers in this case and it's from there that we got the idea. However, they have to wait for the standards and specifications," said Mishra.

DMRC to mentor Bhopal and Indore Metro rail projects The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) in a recent meeting with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has shown its interest to mentor the construction activities of the proposed metro rail system in Bhopal and Indore to complete the project on time.

(DPR). Dr. Singh took a serious look at the Bhopal and Indore Metro Rail projects and discussed various points with the officials. After the meeting, Jaivardhan Singh said, “Let’s see how we can engage with DMRC”, leaving the options open for a larger role for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. He said that your cooperation in the preparation of DPR of the next phase of the project is expected. He also instructed the officials to visit Delhi for collecting information regarding the Delhi Metro and complete the metro rail project within the time limit by keeping constant contact with DMRC.

Once these tests are over, traffic congestion in narrow lanes where soil test is going on will come down. Also, residents can heave a sigh of relief as water and sewer lines will no longer be damaged after the tests are completed. Besides, following incidents of water leakages in underground stations of phase-1 Metro Rail after rains, officials said enough space would be made during phase-2 construction to release the water pressure.

Soil tests for Chennai Metro Rail phase-2 to be completed soon

On October 10, Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation met with the Kamal Nath, Chief Minister Madhya Pradesh, Jaivardhan Singh, Urban Development Minister and seniors officers of MP Metro Rail Company Limited in Bhopal.

The soil testing going on at various locations for Chennai Metro Rail’s phase2 project will be completed early by next year. The project will be connecting Madhavaram, Sholinganallur and CMBT to other parts of the city. Officials said soil tests are pending only at nearly 1,000 locations in two non-priority corridors: CMBT-Shollinganallur and Light HousePoonamallee. Currently tests are being conducted along Arcot Road, Nandambakkam, Koot Road, Medavakkam, Porur and Sholinganallur.

In the meeting, Dr. Mangu Singh shared information about the time-bound process of Delhi Metro, setup of organization, tender process etc. He said that the team of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will cooperate fully in other works including preparing the detailed project report (DPR).

“Madhavaram to Sholinganallur and Madhavarm to CMBT are the two priority corridors. Soil testing work along these stretches has been completed across 1,926 locations. Only 50 per cent work is remaining in the other two corridors,” said an official. These geotechnical tests were started initially in Madhavaram three


started initially in Madhavaram three months ago to find out the soil condition, hard rock depth, and location of the water table at various points. Officials said that according to the type of soil at each stretch, a specific set of tools will be used for tunnelling.


Kochi Water Metro Project approved to environmental, CRZ nod from Centre The Ministry of Environment & Forests on Friday granted Environmental and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) approved to the Kochi Water Metro Project. It is after going through the compliance report submitted by Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) that the Centre gave the goahead for the work on the Water Metro. This is a major boost to the much-awaited Kochi Water Metro Project. According to Alkesh Kumar Sharma, The managing director of KMRL, We are committed to protecting the environment and all the construction activities of KMRL will be done as per the norms. While giving the green light, the Centre has asked KMRL not to block creeks or

EDITOR CHOICE rivers and ensure smooth flow of water in the project area. The authorities concerned have been instructed to devise a disaster management plan and frame safety guidelines. “A detailed traffic management plan should be drawn up,” the ministry said in its order. The KMRL in its project proposal clarified that Water Metro intends to introduce modern, energy-efficient, fast environment-friendly and safe boats with low wake and draft characteristics to increase ridership.

original report, the revised DPR has also cut down the number of elevated stations from 31 to 22. The suburban railway is likely to be fully operational around 2026, as approximately seven years is required for land acquisition and construction. The suburban rail stations will integrate with at least 10 metro stations including Yeshwantpur, Kengeri, Cantonment, Whitefield, K R Puram, Baiyappanhalli, Jnanabharathi and Nayandahalli.



PM Modi, Shinzo Abe meet in Bangkok; review the progress of bullet train project Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a one-to-one and a delegation-level meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of 35th ASEAN Summit here. Both sides discussed preparations for the India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue and Annual Summit later this year.

Bengaluru suburban rail to be fully operational in 2026

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Train coaches to make under ‘Make in India’ initiative

“Railway board officials will visit Bengaluru on Tuesday and hold discussions with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on remaining issues including land acquisition, space for setting up depot,” Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi Told. Though the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the project in his Union Budget-2018, it was delayed as the Railway Ministry asked the state government to send a revised DPR to avoid overlapping with the Bengaluru metro rail project. As per the revised DPR, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be set up to implement the project and both the Railway Ministry and state government will have equity in it. “The project will help people residing in suburban areas to come to the city without much hassle and also ease pressure on the IT city,” Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan said. The revised project proposes 57 suburban railway stations covering a distance of 148 km. Besides dropping at least 24 stations from the original report, the revised DPR has also

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Rapid Rail Transit System Train coaches to make under ‘Make in India’ initiative. The RRTS trains will have an operational speed of 160 Kmph, an average speed of 100 Kmph will be available at a frequency of every 5-10 minutes on the RRTS network. The rapid rail trains which will operate on the Delhi-Meerut regional rapid transit system (RRTS), will boast of semi-high speed ‘Make In India’ coaches. and will be The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is the executing agency of the RRTS project across Delhi-NCR, has stated in its global tenders that the rapid rail coaches will have ‘Make In India’ symbol mark.

"One constant in today's dynamic worldstrong India-Japan cooperation. PM Narendra Modi met with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. Good discussion on preparing the ground for India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue & Annual Summit later this year," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Prime Minister Modi's office, in a tweet, said: "Greater momentum to cooperation with Japan. Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe met in Bangkok. Their talks were extensive and productive.” "Prime Minister Modi said that he eagerly looked forward to welcoming Prime Minister Abe in India next month for IndiaJapan Annual Summit. He also said that he was convinced of the success of the forthcoming Annual Summit in further deepening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership," the MEA said in a release. The leaders also reviewed the progress



EDITOR CHOICE on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project and reaffirmed their commitment to advance mutual efforts to facilitate the smooth implementation of the project. "The two Prime Ministers also reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region based on a rules-based order. They agreed to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation, including in third countries, for achieving the shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress of the Indo-Pacific region," read the release. Along with the Prime Minister, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries attended the meeting.

Bullet Train Likely to Miss Target as Land Acquisitions Create Hurdle Facing hurdles in land acquisition, India's first high-speed train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is likely to miss the August 2022 target despite the fact that all other related works are going on in full speed.

Independence Day. However, with only 50% of the land being acquired till date, it seems to be a tough job for the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the implementing agency of the project. Even the original target of making it operational by 2023 seems to be far now. Land acquisition was delayed due to the 2019 Assembly elections in Maharashtra, while in Gujarat, the High Court in September had dismissed over 120 petitions filed by farmers challenging the process of their land acquisition for the project. The court was satisfied with the social and environmental impact assessment carried out by a private agency engaged by the NHSRCL, as per guidelines of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the mega project. The project is facing resistance from farmers who are not ready to part with their land. Opposition to the project has been most strident in Palghar, a district near Mumbai. However, the NHSRCL has maintained that the acquisition is based on consent, and is fair and transparent. It is hopeful that land acquisition will be completed as per its claims, people are coming forward and are participating in the land acquisition process with the help of the district administration. The entire high-speed rail corridor will require 1,434 hectares of land with 353 hectares in Maharashtra and the rest in Gujarat. This is divided into 7,000 plots, in 195 villages in Gujarat and in 104 villages in Maharashtra. The project covers three districts in Maharashtra and eight in Gujarat, besides a small area in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Though the original plan was to make the 508 km-long, the first high-speed route between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the country operational by the end of 2023, the target was preponed by the Modi government to mark India completing 75 International News years of independence by partially Beijing eyes facial recognition to commissioning the bullet train service on speed up security in its metro rail August 15, 2022. As such, the plan was to network make the 50 km section from Surat to Billimora in Gujarat operational on Independence Day. 16 METRO RAIL NEWS | NOV 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN

Beijing will use facial recognition tools to speed up security checks in the city’s overcrowded metro, using a ‘credit system’ to sort passengers into different channels, State-run media reported on October 30. Long queues and commuters arguing with staff over slow security procedures are common sites during rush hour in the metro system of the 20 million-strong metropolis.Long queues and commuters arguing with staff over slow security procedures are common sites during rush hour in the metro system of the 20 millionstrong metropolis. The city plans to install cameras that will scan the faces of passengers as they enter a subway station and sort them into different security channels, said Zhan Minghui, director of the Beijing Rail Traffic Control Centre. He said the plan involves creating a “passenger credit system”.


European Train

Control System (ETCS)


TCS is the core signalling and train control component

of ERTMS, the European Rail Traffic Management

System. ETCS continuously calculates a safe

maximum speed for each train, with cab signalling for the driver and on-board systems that take control if the permissible speed is exceede. Initially designed to allow trains to cross borders without the need to change locomotive or driver, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is now being adopted globally. ETCS trackside equipment and train borne systems need to be standardized according to the different ETCS levels. This will give the foundation for a later to be defined automatic train operation. Trackside equipment aims to exchange information with the vehicle for safely supervising train circulation. The information exchanged between track and trains can be either continuous or intermittent according to the ERTMS/ETCS level of application and to the nature of the information itself. The need for a system like ETCS stems from more and longer running trains resulting from economic integration METRO RAIL NEWS NOV | 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN


ARTICLESTORY COVER Levels of ETCS Level 0: ETCS-compliant locomotives or rolling stock do not interact with lineside equipment, i.e. because missing ETCS compliance. Level NTC (former STM): ETCS - compliant driving cars are equipped with additional Specific Transmission Modules (STM) for interaction with legacy signalling systems. Inside the cabs are standardised ETCS driver interfaces. With Baseline 3 definitions it is called National Train Control.

Level 3: As level 2, but train location and train integrity supervision no longer rely on trackside equipment such as track circuits or axle counters.

Track data

GSM-R antenna

Central Control Position reports


Eurobalise reports position

GSM-R antenna

Interlocking Single Control

Eurocab ETCS computer, driver's console and receiver

Train-borne equipment Eurobalise reports position, single state

Track Release Reporting

All the trains compliant with ETCS will be fitted with on-board systems certified by Notified Bodies. This equipment consists of wireless communication, rail path sensing, central logic unit, cab displays and control devices for driver action. ETCS – Man-Machine-Interface as part of driver cab

Level 1: ETCS is installed on lineside (possibly superimposed with legacy systems) and on board; spot transmission of data from track to train (and versa) via Eurobalises or Euroloops.

GSM-R antenna

Man Machine Interface The Man Machine Interface (MMI) is the standardised interface for the driver, also called "Driver Machine Interface" (DMI). It consists of a set of colour displays with touch input for ETCS and separate for GSM-R communication. This is added with control devices specific for the train type.

Track Data RBC


Positions Reports INTERLOCKING

ETCS computer, driver's console and receiver

Eurobalise reports position

Track Release Reporting

Level 2: As level 1, but eurobalises are only used for the exact train position detection. The continuous data transmission via GSM-R with the Radio Block Center (RBC) give the required signalling Information to the drivers display. There is further lineside equipment needed, i.e. for train integrity detection.



ETCS – Driver display in STM mode for Class B system PZB

Specific Transmission Module The Specific Transmission Module (STM) is a special interface for the EVC for communicating with legacy Class B ATP systems like PZB, Memor and ATB. It consists of specific sensing elements to lineside installations and an interface for hardware and logic adapting interface to EVC. The EVC must

ARTICLESTORY COVER get special software for translation of legacy signals to unified internal ETCS communication. The driver is using standard ETCS cab equipment also on non ETCS lines. The STM enables therefore the usage of the ETCS equipped driving vehicle on the non-equipped network and is today essential for interoperability.

The European Vital Computer (EVC) also called Eurocab is the heart of local computing capabilities in the driving vehicle. It is connected with external data communication, internal controls to speed regulation of the loco, location sensors and all cab devices of the driver. Euroradio The Euroradio communication unit is compulsory and is used for voice and data communication. Because in ETCS Level 2 all signalling information is exchanged via GSM-R, the equipment is fully doubled with two simultaneous connections to the RBC.

ETCS – Eurobalise Transmission Module

Balise Transmission Module The Balise Transmission Module (BTM) is an set with antennas and the wireless interface for reading data telegrams from and writing to eurobalises.

ETCS – Juridical Recording Unit (JRU)

Juridical Recording Unit The Juridical Recording Unit (JRU) is part of the EVC for recording the last actions of the driver, last parameters of signalling and machine conditions. Such a train event recorder is functionally equivalent to the flight recorder of aircraft. Train Interface Unit The Train Interface Unit (TIU) is the interface of the EVC to the train and/or the locomotive for submitting commands or receiving information. Lineside equipment ETCS – Doppler radar for non friction dependent movement detection

Odometric sensors The odometric sensors are significant for exact position determination. In ETCS Level 2 installations are rare installation of eurobalises as definite milestones. Between such milestones the position is estimated and measured relative to the last passed milestone. Initially it was tested, that in difficult adhesive conditions axle revolution transmitters would not give required precision. European Vital Computer

Lineside equipment is the fixed installed part of ETCS installation. According to ETCS Levels the rail related part of installation is decreasing. While in Level 1 sequences with two or more of eurobalises are needed for signal exchange, in Level 2 balises are used for milestone application only. It is replaced in Level 2 by mobile communication and more sophisticated software. In Level 3 even less fixed installation is used. In 2017 first positive tests for satellite positioning were done. Eurobalise The Eurobalise is a passive or active antenna device mounted METRO RAIL NEWS NOV | 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN


ARTICLESTORY COVER on rail sleepers. Mostly it transmits information to the driving vehicle. It can be arranged in groups to transfer information. There are Fixed and Transparent Data Balises. Transparent Data Balises are sending changing information from LEU to the trains, e.g. signal indications. Fixed Balises are programmed for a special information like gradients and speed restrictions.

Increased line capacity Greater safety and efficiency for passengers Improved revenue earning potential for operators Lower maintenance and lifecycle costs. Future GSM is no longer being developed outside of GSM-R, the manufacturers have committed to supplying GSM-R till at least 2030. The ERA is considering what action is needed to smoothly transition to a successor system such as GPRS or Edge. Deployment National Capital Region Transport Corporation has decided to equip European Train Control System (ETCS) on its Sarai Kale Khan hub in India's First Rapid Rail corridor-Delhi Meerut RRTS Route Major Solution Provider Thales

Euroloop The Euroloop is an extension for Eurobalises in ETCS Level 1. It is a special Leaky feeder for transmitting information telegrams to the car. Lineside Electronic Unit The Lineside Electronic Unit (LEU) is the connecting unit between the Transparent Data Balises with signals or Signalling control in ETCS Level 1. Radio Block Centre A Radio Block Centre is a specialised computing device with specification Safety integrity level 4 (SIL) for generating Movement Authorities (MA) and transmitting it to trains. It gets information from Signalling control and from the trains in its section. It hosts the specific geographic data of the railway section and receives cryptographic keys from trains passing in. According to conditions the RBC will attend the trains with MA until leaving the section. RBC have defined interfaces to trains, but have no regulated interfaces to Signalling Control and only have national regulation. Major benefits include: Interoperability and cross-border operations Ability to supervise every train according to its optimum characteristics Higher line speed and shorter headways between highspeed trains 20


In December 2016, Indian Railways inaugurated its 68 km Basin Bridge - Raikkonen section equipped with European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1 solution deployed by Thales. Southern Railway had awarded this signaling contract to Thales in September 2014. As part of the contract, Thales supplied ETCS 1 solution and was also responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of track- side equipment.

Thales has led the deployment of ETCS right from the start. The company delivered the world’s first commercial ETCS Level 1 project back in 1999. It also delivered the first cross-border ETCS implementation in Europe and the first ETCS in the Americas. Today, Thales’ ETCS solutions are deployed in the world’s most prestigious and demanding rail projects. Among these are Switzerland’s Lötschberg and Gotthard tunnels beneath the Alps and Saudi Arabia’s North-South Railway across the uninhabited An Nafud desert. Bombardier Bombardier developed the Eurobalise technology, which was chosen to be at the heart of ERTMS in 1995, and pioneered the world’s first commercial ERTMS Level 2 solution in operation in 2001. Today, over 3600 vehicles are equipped with Bombardier’s INTERFLO ERTMS onboard systems, over 60,000 Eurobalises have been installed and over 32,000 km of track

ARTICLESTORY COVER has been equipped with its ERTMS wayside technology. Ongoing projects include for major lines in Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Other notable achievements for Bombardier include equipping the highest speed, longest line ERTMS system in 2009 in China and the world’s first ERTMS Regional system in 2012 in Sweden. Siemens As ETCS pioneers, Siemens offers you mature, proven systems and products for individual applications as well as a scalable portfolio of lineside, on-board, and communication equipment. Ensuring that you are ready for what the future will bring

Both AURIGA L1 and AURIGA L2 are validated and certified by Certification Bodies and tested on-site, are compliant with the Functional Requirements of the ERTMS/ETCS (FRS), Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI), Specifications for Requirements of the ERTMS/ETCS (SRS) system and the specifications defined by the UNISIG standard.

Additionally, we at CAF Signalling offer our on-board system platform AURIGA OBS that provides an answer to ETCS Levels 1 and 2 and enables interoperability further beyond our national borders. It is compatible with systems of different manufacturers and carries out a monitoring of the train’s movement with high availability and safety rates. Thanks to our

The Siemens solution for ETCS – the European standard.

wide know-how of rolling stock existing in CAF Group and our

The Trainguard system meets the most stringent safety requirements and complies with the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI). Trainguard is based on a highperformance platform that provides reserves for future applications – offering you various functional configuration options in line with the various ETCS levels.

experience in integrating diverse solutions of on-board equipment in rollick stock of any kind, we at CAF Signalling provide (in addition to proprietary on-board ETCS technology), strong capabilities in signalling integration engineering and in tests for rolling stock rehabilitation projects.

Trainguard features: ·





High operational reliability


Low lifecycle costs


High availability


Compact design

CAF In order to provide an answer to the European Rail Traffic Management System (ETCS), we at CAF Signalling offer our


AURIGA integrated solution. Hitachi On-board ETCS has been formally endorsed through AURIGA ensures high-performance ETCS solutions both for

the rigorous assessment process demonstrating compliance

Level 1 (AURIGA L1) and for Level 2 (AURIGA L2). And also for

with relevant TSI and EN norms at the highest Safety Integrity

hybrid systems in which both levels exist simultaneously, thus

Level. Hitachi is now embarking on train fitment implementation

ensuring interoperability (technical and functional) and

for IEP: Intercity Express Programme and other programmes

providing significant benefits in the area of operation and

around the world, in order to realise the benefits of a radio-


based cab signalling system with a reduced trackside



ARTICLESTORY COVER based cab signalling system with a reduced trackside

length of the train.


Each coach then picks up the power supply through a 60 KVA

its On-board ETCS (European Train Control System) solution

transformer, bringing down the voltage to 110 volts at which

has been successfully certified by a Notified Body in

level the equipment in the compartment is run. The generator

accordance with the Control Command and Signalling TSI

cars are attached to either end of the train, giving the system its

(Technical Specification for Interoperability).

name. How HoG technology works The power supply tapped from power lines through pantograph to the train engine is used to run the engine and haul the coaches. Now in this new system power supply tapped from overhead to the train engine will be distributed to the trailing coaches for power needs. The HoG system does not require any diesel oil consumption and as such will reduce air pollution and also noise pollution. In addition, it also provides uninterrupted illumination in the

HoG technology

coaches. In the first phase, all but two trains (totalling 10 trains) having

The system runs the train’s ‘hotel load’ (the load of air

total LHB coaches and running end-to-end with electric traction

conditioning, lights, fans, and pantry, etc.) by drawing

facility have been converted to HoG

electricity from the overhead electric lines through the

Benefits of H0G over EoG:

pantograph. Since the HOG-fitted trains do not require power from The power supply from the overhead cable is 750 volts at

diesel generators at all, they only have one emergency

single-phase, and a transformer with a winding of 945 kVA

generator car attached, instead of two regular

converts it to a 750 Volts 50 Hz output at 3-phase. This energy is

generator cars.

then provided to the compartments.

The extra space created would now be used for an LSLRD (LHB Second Luggage, Guard & Divyaang

HoG is a clean technology that taps power supply overhead

Compartment)– meaning more passengers can be

power lines and distributes it to train coaches.

accommodated. Cost savings would be significant: Once all LHB trains

How is it different from the present EoG technology?

get the new system, NR 1390 crores would be saved

Under the End on Generation (EoG) system, the train’s ‘hotel

every year.

load’ (the load of air conditioning, lights, fans, and pantry, etc.) is

HOG system is free of air and noise pollution: It would

provided with electricity from two large diesel generator sets,

bring down yearly CO2 and NOx emissions, which are

which supply 3-phase power at 750 Volts 50 Hz to the entire

currently at 1724.6 tonnes/annum and 7.48

length of the train.

tonnes/annum respectively, to zero.



ARTICLESTORY COVER The reduction in emissions could also help the

- Vikrama Simhapuri Amaravati Express (12744/12743),

Railways accrue carbon credits, and trade them on the

- Telangana Express (12723/12724),

international market.

- Tirupati – JammuTawi Humsafar Express (22705/22706),

With the noise-emitting generator sets gone, noise

- Double Decker Express (22708/22707),

pollution would also drop.

- Narayanadri Express (12733/12734),

technology. In addition, one more train with LHB coaches (i.e.,

- Secunderabad - Nagpur Express (12771/12772),

Rayalaseema Express) running partly in diesel section has also

- Secunderabad - Sirpur Khagaznagar Express(12757/12758),

been converted into HOG within the electrified section.

- Secunderabad - Guntur (12705/12706), - Lingampalli - Vijayawada Intercity Express (12795/12796)

Railways adopt HOG system to save power cost - Rayalaseema Express (12793/12794). The technology has been introduced on a long-haul train for the first time in India. Indian Railways’ South Central Railway (SCR) zone in its effort to cut down on its energy bills as well as strengthening environment conservation has recently introduced the Head on Generation (HOG) technology in eleven trains. The HOG technology has been recently introduced in trains fitted with LHB coaches and hauled by electric traction. This technology caters to the power needs of the coaches such as coach lighting, air conditioning, etc by substituting the earlier technology of having two power cars in the trains known as End on Generators (EOG). The South Central Railway zone is expected to save around ₹29.3 crores per annum with the introduction of HOG technology. In a statement issued by SCR, the fuel consumtion for these 11 trains per annum annum was around 49.7 lakh litres incurring a cost of more than ₹35 crores. After the introduction of HOG technology the electrical energy consumption cost for these trains will be ₹5.7 crore per annum. Earlier , the Northern Railway zone of Indian Railways also converted 14 pairs of trains under the ‘Head On Generation’ (HOG) system. List of trains coverted to HOG system in SCR zone: As such, the 11 trains running with HOG technology and LHB on SCR include ---Charminar Express (12759/12760),



edits, and trade them on the international market.


Jaipur Metro Jaipur Metro is a rapid transit system in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Construction on the most elevated part of the first line, called Phase 1A, comprising 9.63 kilometres of the route from Mansarovar to Chandpole Bazaar, started on 13 November 2010 and was completed in 2014. The project's commercial run was delayed to December 2014, and then to April 2015. After receiving safety clearance from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) in May 2015, Jaipur Metro began commercial service between Chandpole and Mansarovar on 3 June 2015. The Jaipur Metro Rail system is India's sixth metro rail system after those in Kolkata, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Gurgaon and Mumbai. Jaipur Metro is the first metro in India to run on triple-storey elevated road and metro track. Background With the rapid industrialization and commercial development of Jaipur, teamed with a growing population, the transport infrastructure of the city was found to be overburdened. As a result, the government mulled over the establishment of Jaipur Metro on the lines of Delhi Metro which had proved to be a great success JMRC Ltd. The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., abbreviated to JMRC, is a state-owned company that operates the Jaipur Metro. The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. was created on 1 January 2010 with Nihal Chand Goel serving as the managing director.

Among the Rapid Transit systems of India, it has been recorded fastest to conduct of trial run after starting construction, when it commenced trial runs in Jaipur on 18 September 2013 flagged off by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot. Construction Physical construction work on the Jaipur Metro started on 24 February 2011. JMRC consulted the DMRC on rapid transit operation and construction techniques. The first line of the Jaipur Metro was opened to the public by Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, on 3 June 2015, and thus, it became the sixth rapid transit system in India. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2020. Network The Jaipur Metro is being built in 2 phases. Phase I consists of the Pink Line and Phase II consists of the Orange Line. Currently, the Pink Line is under construction. The implementation of Phase 1A of the project (Mansarover to Chandpole having the length of about 9.63 km) including the civil works, permanent way, depot and traction and power supply, etc. was being managed by DMRC. The AFC, telecom and Chaupar to Chandpole). Phase I-A completed 9 stations and 9.63 kilometres of route length, of which 0.95 kilometres is



ARTICLE OF THE MONTHS PROJECT underground and 9.13 kilometres is elevated.

Phase I: Mansarovar – Badi Chaupar

The remainder of the first line, Phase I-B (2.349 kilometres, 2 stations), is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Phase II (23.099 kilometres, 20 stations) is planned to be completed by 2021. With the completion of Phases 1 and II, the network will span 35.078 kilometres (21.796 mi) and 31 stations.

(East-West Corridor) Pink Line The first route of Jaipur Metro (East-West Corridor) will connect Mansarovar to Badi Chaupar via Civil Lines and Chandpole. In Phase I-A, the metro is operating between Mansarovar to Chandpole. The construction of Phase-I B between Chandpole and Badi Chaupar is under process and is awaited to be completed. This is the Metro line that got flagged off on 5 June 2015 and has been named as Pink Line, as it takes passengers to the Pink City. The depot for this line is situated at Mansarovar. Route Length: 12.0 km Project Cost: INR 3,149 crore Stations: 11 Stations No. of Trains: 10 Operational Stations: Mansarovar, New Aatish Market, Vivek Vihar, Shyam Nagar, Ram Nagar, Civil Lines, Railway Station, Sindhi Camp, Chand Pole

Current route

Under Construction: Chhoti Chaupar, Badi Chaupar. Depot: Mansarovar As of June 2015, with the completion and the beginning of operations of Phase 1A, the Jaipur Metro network comprises one line, serving 9 metro stations and operating on a total route length of 9.63 kilometres. Planned extensions Phase II: Sitapura Industrial Area – Ambabari (North-South Corridor) Orange Line Phase II (North-South Corridor) which is scheduled for completion in 2021. The Orange Line will be 23.099 kilometres (14.353 mi) and serve 20 stations when complete. This will connect Sitapura Industrial Area in the South to Ambabari in the North via Ajmeri Gate and MI Road. The tracks will be elevated between Sitapura and Ajmeri Gate and then will go underground. There might be some changes in the plan before actual construction starts on these lines. Route Length: 23.99 km Stations: 20 Stations Project Cost: Rs.6,583.00 Proposed Stations: Sitapura Industrial Area, Pratap Nagar, Haldi Ghati gate, Sanganer, Laxmi Nagar, Durgapura, Mahaveer Nagar, Gopalpura, Dev Nagar, Tonk Phatak, Gandhi



ARTICLE OF THE MONTHS PROJECT Nagar More, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Narayan Singh Circle, SMS Hospital, Ajmeri Gate, Government Hostel, Sindhi Camp, Subhas Nagar, Pani Pech, Ambabari.

Automated station announcements are recorded in Hindi and English. Many stations have services such as Parking lot, ATMs and mobile recharge. Eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing of gum is prohibited in the entire system. The metro also has a sophisticated fire alarm system for advance warning in emergencies, and fire retardant material is used in trains as well as on the premises of stations. Navigation information will sooner be available on Google Transit. The first coach of every train is reserved for women. Security

Jaipur Metro was planned to be built in phases. Phase-I A (9.63 km) was completed in 2014, and Phase-I B and Phase II are scheduled for completion in 2020. Work on Phase-I B has been started while planning for Phase II has begun. Phase 1B The Pink Line will be realized with the completion of Phase 1B (2.349 kilometres (1.460 mi), 2 stations), which is scheduled for completion in 2020. Construction has already begun on this. The tunnel excavation work between Chandpole and Badi Chaipar completed in Aug-2017, civil work to complete by Nov2019. Details of the approved line are: Line


Length (km)

PinkLine Line extension extension Pink



Terminals Chandpole

Badi Chaupar

Finances The estimated cost of the East-West corridor of the Jaipur Metro is ₹3,149 crore (US$460 million). The state government would be directly funding ₹600 crores (US$87 million) while the rest would be borne by other wings of state urban development and housing departments. The Phase-II is expected to cost ₹6,583 crores (US$950 million) crore for which government is mulling over PPP mode. Operations A concession for operation and maintenance of Stage 1 and Stage 2 is to be let on a PPP basis. Trains operate at a frequency of 10 to 15 minutes between 6:45 and 21:00 depending peak and off-peak time. Trains operating within the network typically travel at speed up to 40 km/h (25 mph) and stop for about 20–40 seconds at each station.

The responsibility of security of Jaipur Metro has been entrusted to Rajasthan Police. A strength of 789 police personnel has been sanctioned for security and policing of Jaipur Metro. Latest security equipment has been provided at all Metro Stations. Closed-circuit cameras from IndigoVision are used to monitor trains and stations, and feed from these is monitored by Rajasthan Police and Jaipur Metro authorities at their respective control rooms. In addition to metal detectors, Xray baggage inspection systems, and dog squads are also deployed which are used to secure the system. Each of the underground stations has about 45 to 50 cameras installed while the elevated stations have about 16 to 20 cameras each. The monitoring of these cameras is done by the Rajasthan Police, which is in charge of security of the Metro, as well as the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation. Intercoms are provided in each train car for emergency communication between the passengers and the train operator. Periodic security drills are carried out at stations and on trains to ensure the preparedness of security agencies in emergency situations. Ticketing & Recharge For the convenience of customers, Jaipur Metro commuters have three choices for ticket purchase. The RFID tokens are valid only for a single journey on the day of purchase and the value depends on the distance travelled, with fares for a single journey ranging from ₹5 to ₹15. Fares are calculated based on the origin and destination stations using a fare chart and it also METRO RAIL NEWS NOV | 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN


ARTICLE OF THE MONTHS PROJECT depends on peak rush in Metro. Travel cards are available for longer durations and are most convenient for frequent commuters. They are valid for three years from the date of purchase or the date of the last recharge

outside the coaches, power supply connections inside coaches to charge mobiles and laptops, better humidity control, microprocessor-controlled disc brakes, and will be capable of maintaining an average speed of 32 km/h (20 mph) over a distance of 1.1 km (0.68 mi).

and are available in denominations of ₹100 to ₹1,000. 10%15% discount is given on travels made on it depending on the actual fare. A deposit of ₹50 needs to be made to buy a new card which is refundable on the return of the card any time before its expiry if the card is not physically damaged. Tourist cards can be used for unlimited travel on the Jaipur Metro network over short periods of time. There are two kinds of tourist cards valid for one and three days respectively. The cost of a one-day card is ₹50 and that of a three-day card is, besides a refundable deposit of ₹50 that must be paid at the time of purchasing the card. Jaipur Metro also has introduced a Combo Card. JMRC has already entered into an MoU with HDFC Bank and accordingly co-branded Combo Cards will be issued by HDFC Bank which will be used on Jaipur Metro system just like Daily Commuter Smart Cards issued by Jaipur Metro. Rolling stock

Trains on the metro operate at a maximum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), and an average speed of 32 km/h (20 mph). Maximum speed is limited to 42 km/h (26 mph) at curves. Signalling and Telecommunication The Jaipur Metro uses cab signalling along with a centralised automatic train control system consisting of Automatic Train Protection and automatic train signalling modules. Jaipur Metro has proposed that it will have automatic train operation also in future. A 380 MHz digital trunked TETRA radio communication system from Cassidian is used on all lines to carry both voice and data information. An integrated system comprising optical fibre cable, on-train radio, CCTV, and a centralised clock and public address system is used for telecommunication during train operations as well as emergencies. Environment and aesthetics A major advantage of the metro is that it reduces per person carbon emission by a very significant amount. Jaipur Metro has been decorated by the artwork of heritage wall of Jaipur inside and outside of the Metro. Metro stations also have the same kind of artwork. Major Contract Awarded Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): General Consultancy BEML Limited: Contract for the supply of 10 nos. four-car train (Rolling Stock) Latest update

The Metro uses 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge rolling stock. Trains are maintained at Mansarovar Deport for Pink

Nov 4, 2019: JMRC all set to start Metro on Phase-IB corridor by mid-November. Nov 2, 2019: JMRC to sell land to fund future Metro projects

Line. In December 2011 BEML was awarded a ₹318 crore (US$46 million) contract to supply 10 four-car trains for Phase 1. The Jaipur Metro plans to lengthen the trains later to 6 coaches as the traffic increases. BEML expects a follow-on order worth ₹60 crores (US$8.7 million) Thus these rolling stocks are said to be indigenous and are manufactured by BEML at its factory in Bangalore. The trains are four-car consists of a capacity of 1506 commuters per train, accommodating 50 seated and 292 standing passengers in each coach. These trains will have CCTV cameras in and 28


Oct 18, 2109: Mukesh Kumar Singhal first non-IAS gets charge of MD of JMRC Sep 21, 2109: Jaipur Metro Phase-2 to run on elevated tracks to cut costs Jul 10, 2109: Jaipur Metro phase-II project back on track Jun 10, 2019: Phase 1-B of Jaipur Metro to be completed by October


Exclusive Interview of

Tilak Raj Seth Head Mobility, Siemens Limited Siemens Limited Mobility Head Tilak Raj Seth feels Digitalisation and automation are the way forward for Indian Railways. In an interview Tilak Raj Seth talks about the four pillars of Siemens Mobility and how they fit into Indian Railways ongoing and future plans. What should be the major focus areas for Indian Railways and how will technology be an enabler in that? Mr. Tilak Raj Seth: Railways is the harbinger of technology in our country. Most kinds of heavy technology came through railways, and then any technological progress is also very visible in the field of railways. Advanced technological progress in automation, digitalization, intelligent solutions can make a lot of difference and Siemens is engaged in all of them. And with these technologies, we can also help Indian Railways or the railway sector, including metros. We can help them transform this sector. And they can achieve sustainability and reliability.

automation. The top-notch is digitalization. This is where we can make a lot of difference for Indian Railways. On the infrastructure end, with the view to enhancing capacity, throughput, and also improving the efficiency, Indian Railways wants to convert the whole of the network into the electrified route. Indian Railways has a time-bound program and they want to upgrade the speed and improve the infrastructure to 160 kmph speeds. The existing network and the newer networks are being thought of with still higher speeds. This is naturally possible with advanced signalling and other methods of the electrical infrastructure. For signalling, we have our own India version of the European Train Control Systems.

We have a pyramid; electrification is one level the second is METRO RAIL NEWS NOV | 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN


ARTICLE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW What should be the major focus areas for Indian Railways and how will technology be an enabler in that? Mr. Tilak Raj Seth: Railways is the harbinger of technology in our country. Most kinds of heavy technology came through railways, and then any technological progress is also very visible in the field of railways. Advanced technological progress in automation, digitalization, intelligent solutions can make a lot of difference and Siemens is engaged in all of them. And with these technologies, we can also help Indian Railways or the railway sector, including metros. We can help them transform this sector. And they can achieve sustainability and reliability. We have a pyramid; electrification is one level the second is automation. The top-notch is digitalization. This is where we can make a lot of difference for Indian Railways. On the infrastructure end, with the view to enhancing capacity, throughput, and also improving the efficiency, Indian Railways wants to convert the whole of the network into the electrified route. Indian Railways has a time-bound program and they want to upgrade the speed and improve the infrastructure to 160 kmph speeds. The existing network and the newer networks are being thought of with still higher speeds. This is naturally possible with advanced signalling and other methods of the electrical infrastructure. For signalling, we have our own India version of the European Train Control Systems.


The first tenders have already been notified, and the industry is very keen to participate. So are we and we will whole-heartedly participate.


Are there any concerns of the private sector? With the government increasingly focusing on PPP in Indian Railways, how is the ease of doing business? Mr. Seth: The announcement of PPP in the last budget is a very welcome step. But PPP demands a balance of making an equitable distribution of the risks. India still looks at putting their ridership risk on the private partner, which may be in some areas helps. If the ridership risk is on the government side, then it can be a game-changer for doing business. PPP is a very good step, and if ridership risks are taken by the public authority, then it will catalyse the private participation to an even greater extent. Indian Railways, Siemens and TATA have together participated in a PPP project, the Pune Metro Line 3. Both Tatas and Siemens feel that this PPP project is also transformative in nature in terms of bringing enhanced mobility through this metro network. What steps need to be taken in Indian Railways in terms of electrification and automation? 30


Mr. Seth: There are four strategic pillars of Siemens Mobility. One is enhanced passenger experience, which includes information or necessary infotainment or connectivity during the journey, food and other comforts. With technology, it is possible to keep the passenger connected at all points of time. Behind the simple man-machine interface of the infotainment, there is a large infrastructure network of communication, signalling, and availability. For example, in Gurgaon Metro, we were providing passengers 99% of the availability. And we are spread throughout the country in route relay interlocking and electronic interlocking. The second pillar is guaranteed availability. Our service wing is providing the maintenance services to the Mumbai line. Mumbai trains are the lifeline of Mumbai city, and we are able to maintain them with a very high degree of availability. The third pillar is to make trains and infrastructure intelligent. So, that means, whatever information you have on the moving stock like locomotives, you can bring that information to your control center. We are doing a pilot project with Indian Railways, Northern railways, to find out if there are breakages in the rail, which is called broken rail detection. We have solutions where we are able to provide intelligent information from the intersection of roads. So broadly, there is a need to make trains and infrastructure intelligent. And put sensors, get the data, evaluate that data, bring this analysis and insight from this data back to the customers to do predictive enhancements and proactive corrections. Period but also the entire life cycle is very critical. In India, we have just now equipped Indian Railways with a 9000 HP locomotive and we know that this is a sustainable system, which will not only reduce the unit cost for Indian Railways but also provide sustainability. We have electrification solutions; we have hotel load converter. A hotel load converter feeds the entire train power supply. If you energize the converter, you could de-energize the diesel engine in the power car. It will reduce a lot of noise and also save huge amounts of diesel and rupees. We are also are enhancing our engineering footprint in India. Our strategy has a great fit with the rail stakeholders. Nearly 1.8 billion passengers per annum are being moved, which is like the whole planet moving on earth in India every once every year. Several metro projects are underway in major cities. Around 500 kilometers is under built-up, and another 500-600 is on the planning stage. This provides enough emphasis to both the authorities and the technology providers like us to see that the last-mile connectivity or multi-modal and integrated transport solutions are in place, which is critical for any nation naturally including India.

ARTICLE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Would Siemens be interested in participating in the RRTS or Rapid Rail Transit projects? Mr. Seth: We know about the RRTS projects, and the new organization called NCRTC has been formed. I am told that roughly 210 cars are needed for the first project. It’s a project which will boost the intercity transit or the local suburban travel. Siemens has done this kind of work for Mumbai city. Bombay trains are running with Siemens equipment and we are also very interested in this project. It’s a good step taken up by the government to enhance integrated mobility What is your take on digitalization in Indian Railways? Mr. Seth: The baby steps of digitalization have begun. But, we need to cover a lot of distance. Let’s take the example of REMMLOT remote monitoring. I think it’s a good step where the electrical data of the electrical machines is gathered from the locomotives. Going forward, we need to also get the mechanical data in advance. Siemens has, in its portfolio, the Vehicle Equipment Measurement System (VEMS). It works in the following way, the EME coach is scheduled to come to the depot and VEMS, which has an array of sensors, is at the entry point of the depot. By the time the train comes in we already have the data on the wheel profile, rail profile, brake pads etc. You can take corrective action in a very accelerated manner. For example, just to make a point, imagine if you had to work on the wheel after certain kilometers or days, but with VEMS you realize.

Indian Railways is outsourcing engineering and consultancy and even testing, commissioning and inspection, operation, etc. So, we have come a long way. We have also come a long way in terms of the way contracts were framed. Earlier, they used to be absolutely one-sided, towards the government’s side. Today the contracts have become equitable. In the word, or in the letter, they are really equitable. The authorities don’t hold only the private sector responsible. But, in spirit, the change needs to come across the entire infrastructure domain in the country. We have a long distance to cover to make the spirit according to the letter, to share the risk equitably and not delay payments of a contractor. Automation and digitalization are the way to go.

You can bring in digitalization through advanced video analytics on road intersections, where through artificial intelligence or progressive learning or advanced algorithms you could decongest the road intersections through economic and effective measures. We can, through a lot of digitalization methods, predict equipment failure far ahead and prevent the breakdowns. I believe digitalization has a way to go and Siemens is doing its first steps. And I believe with the rail stakeholders, whether they are in the field of mainline railways like Indian Railways or Metros or even the Road Authorities, we could great solutions. What should be the top 3 priorities for the government over the next few years? Mr. Seth: Augmenting infrastructure in terms of capacity throughput is very essential. A lot of steps to induct technology are being taken. A lot of kilometers are being added. If I look at 15 years ago, over the last one and a half-decade, we have come a long way. We were a country where the authority wanted to do everything themselves. From engineering, consultancy to monitoring, testing, commissioning. Today,




Considered a treasure trove of information on the Metro and railways, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, known as the Metro Man, credited with designing and implementing the swiftest metro network in the country in Delhi, talks on the possibilities of Guwahati Metro.

In Conversation with India's Metro Man

E. Sreedharan on Guwahati Metro Is the Delhi Metro model a feasible idea for a city like Guwahati which has a population of around 20 lakhs? If the population of Guwahati has reached 20 lakhs, it is the right time to plan for a Metro system. Getting approval for the Metro and for its implementation, at least 5 to 6 years are required. But, Metros are highly capital intensive and cannot be financially justified. It can only be justified based on social benefits. Being an active seismic zone, are underground Metro routes possible? The Metro need not be underground always. Whether underground or overhead, Metros can be designed to resist seismic intensity. Japan is situated in the seismic zone but all the big cities of Japan have Metros. Are there any cost-effective alternatives to Metro Rail available for cities like Guwahati where passenger traffic may not be as high as Delhi? It is true Metro Rail is a very costly affair. Conventionally it costs Rs 250 crores per km for the elevated corridor and Rs 450 33


At the age of 88, he is in charge of the 24-km Kochi Metro. He is a consultant to the UP government for the Lucknow, Kanpur and Meerut metros. Likewise, he is the consultant to the J&K government for the light metros in Jammu and Srinagar. crores for the underground network. Cheaper options like Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rapid Transit, and tramways have lower passenger capacities. Roads would have to be widened for them and this is equally expensive. Most Metros make the mistake of fixing high fares for generating quick revenue. Metro is a social service and should not be guided by business considerations alone. The Metro network must cover most city areas. Ridership will increase only if Metro stations are within half a kilometre of commuter destinations. Can Sky Bus Metro a viable and alternative option in smaller cities like Guwahati? If you are referring to buses plying on elevated viaducts as sky bus, it is certainly an option. However, the transport capacity of such a system will be very low. Light Metro will be a better alternative. According to you what should be the shortest and longest distance between two Metro stations and why? The distance between 2 stations of a Metro system depends upon ridership from the locality. In thickly populated areas, the distance between stations can be 0.8 to 1 km. Where the population density is less, the distance can be 1.5 to 2 kms. (The article first appeared on G Plus)


Achal Khare MD, NHSRCL The bullet train project, for which tenders are likely to be awarded next month, will be affordable and marks a significant technological breakthrough. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor is going to be built for the first time in the country and it is making headlines from the beginning. In a recent interview of Mr. Achal Khare, Managing Director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has shared his views on all such important aspects related to the project. Here are excerpts:This is a high tech-driven project, a first for India. What is the progress so far including designing and transfer of technologies from Japan? Mr. Achal Khare: The first task was to set standards and specifications for the high-speed rail project. The Japanese government sent 80 engineers in 2016. In two years, we completed the task. This will be like the Bible for all future projects. We have a blueprint for protocols and standards for high-speed rail. The designs and standards were a challenge considering the effect of wind and vibration on trains at 320 km/h. The Japanese side helped us in every aspect from civil engineering to electrical engineering, communication, signalling, and rolling stock. What is the status of land availability to start work on the ground? Mr. Khare: Overall, we have nearly 50% of the required land, we took possession of about 620-630 hectares out of 1,380 hectares. In the Gujarat portion, we have very good progress in Vadodara and Ahmedabad. You must be aware of how difficult it is to acquire private land. In Maharashtra, there were some issues, particularly in Palghar.

What is construction time-line? Mr. Khare: We expect work can start by next July and construction of viaducts (elevated portions) may be completed in three years while the station development work may go for another six months. Operation and maintenance (O&M) is a major component of this entire project. How is the preparatory work going on? Mr. Khare: A team will go to Japan in January for three months. Then they will start writing the O&M manual. It will take about two years. We will also be recruiting people including drivers, station staff and others for non-executive duty. We will require about 3,500 people during the O&M phase. Some drivers will work on Shinkansen trains (Japan’s Bullet trains). Japan has done great work on real estate development at stations? Is that a possibility here? Mr. Khare: We must keep it in mind they have done this in three parts. Area-1 is the station and we will take up this task. Area-2 is generally within 500 meters radius and Area-3 covers areas around one km radius. The main principle is everything should METRO RAIL NEWS NOV | 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN


ARTICLE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW be available within 10-15 minutes. All this requires a lot of policy interventions and we also need to convince the private parties; else it won’t work. How many trains did you plan to run in a day and their frequency? Mr. Khare: To begin with, there will be 35 trips each way, which is 70 trains a day. We will have service from 6 am to 12 at night. During peak hours, trains will be available every 20 minutes and 30 minutes during non-peak hours. There will be two types – one with only four stops between Ahmedabad and Mumbai and this trip will be completed in 2.07 hours. There is a view that this is an elitist project or there are debates whether it’s worth the cost? Mr. Khare: Let’s go back to a few years. Could we think of escalators at railway stations? We never exposed these opportunities to our rural people. We are very much aware that the affordability of service is the key. What about the price of tickets? Mr. Khare: It must be less than the airfare and we have it in our mind. We will have three generals (unreserved) coaches for



people to walk in to board the train. The fares will be the same. This will be an advantage over airlines. (The article first appeared on TOI)


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IREE 2019

Focus country

In Association with


Ministry of Railways

640 Conference Delegates




IR IS TRANSFORMING AS NEVER BEFORE Our capacity constraints that have impacted industrial growth have bene addressed, with concentrated attention to congested high density networks. A mega project of Rs 13 000 Cr o upgrade speeds on the Delhi Kolkata and Delhi -Mumbai routes is now in hand. Multiplying tracks on these routes is a priority and we are confident of decongesting all these sections in next 4 yaers. The addition of four new dedicate freight corridors, about 5800km, is a possibility a detailed survey are now well in hand. Th recent effort at privatizing passenger train operations through Tejas Express is a pointer also the cahnegs likely .IR plans to call for offers for 150 such trains. The passenger trains need speeding up and IR has plans to migrate to jus to speed definitions: existing tracks to move up to 160 kph and the HSR tracks at 320 kph.




‘Ghana is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and is on the cusp of becoming one of the most developed countries in Africa. The country intends to transform the nation by transforming the railways and is looking forward to implementing new ideas and technologies. Ghana aims to develop 4000 km of the rail network in the next 10 years and India is going to play a crucial role in the development of this modern rail network.’ A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ghanaian Ministry for Railway Development and RITES, the Indian public sector unit that has handled several such projects in Ghana and other countries. Mr Joe Ghartey,

Minister for Railway Development, Government of Ghana.

Mr R Mehrotra CMD , RITES




Suresh C Angadi, Minister of State for Railways, released a special report by Ernst & Young /CII on railways’ growth and prospects. The well-researched report carries what may well be the first-time survey amongst rail-based Indian industries. Summarised survey results: Ÿ There is a unanimous perception of past and future growth trends in railways sector

Ÿ The main reasons for adopting automation in manufacturing are to drive process and product quality

Ÿ Aligned to expections on sectoral growth,

Ÿ While most companies envisage induction

rail sector leaders envisage growth in their individual companies Ÿ Majority of the sector leaders anticipate high capital investments by Indian Railways to drive growth in the sector Ÿ More than 25% of the companies surveyed plan to increase investment in India by over 15%. The investments are mainly targeted towards capacity addition and talent development. Ÿ Almost two-third of the companies expect to increase their exports from India in the next five years by close to 10%. Ÿ Most sector leaders aim to increase international collaborations to develop state-of-the-art and export-ready products and technologies.

of automated technologies in manufacturing, availability of manpower and cost competitiveness are considered the main advantages of operating in India. Ÿ There is a mixed response on the ability of India to export railway products to the global market, with a majority of industry leader taking a neutral view. Ÿ There is a unanimous view that policy intervention is required from Ministry of Railways to encourage manufacturing in the sector Ÿ Difficulty in obtaining RDSO approvals and the slow decision-making process have been ranked by industry leaders as the top two risks to growth

Ÿ Automation in manufacturing is the way forward as per most of the railway sector leaders. Automation is not expected to result in a loss of jobs.







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"Ever-increasing urbanization in India has led to the widening of the gap in demand for infrastructure availability. It is estimated that 390 million people would be moving to urban settlement by 2030, that shall need smart mobility solutions in rail-based transport both in urban and intercity transport of goods and passengers. Siemens is at the forefront of leading this technology wave with solutions such as MTCS, propulsion equipment for electric locomotives and commuter trains, electrification and signalling for Metros, and Intermodal as well as digital transport solutions . These will make the infrastructure and trains intelligent, increase the operational reliability and availability, improve life cycle costs and enhance overall safety." Tilak Raj Seth, Head, Mobility, Siemens

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ARTICLE would transform India’s capital from a chaotic nightmare of unruly bus drivers and roads choked by private cars to a more bearable place to live in.

Inspired by Delhi's success, Indian cities take the metro With Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and some other cities building metro networks to overcome choked roads, trains and buses, more than Rs 1 trillion was invested in metro rail projects in 2018-19

With Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and some other cities building metro networks to overcome choked roads, trains and buses, more than Rs 1 trillion was invested in metro rail projects in 2018-19India’s automobile sector is battling slowdown, but metro rail construction is booming. India has 650 km of metro rail lines, and the government aims to have another 600 km ready in various cities in the next five years.

DMRC started operations with a few thousand riders in 2002 and its daily ridership had touched 7 lakh a day by 2008. In 2008, there were 6 million motor vehicles on Delhi’s roads. Cut to 2018 and the number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads grew to 10 million: a majority of the two-wheelers. As vehicular traffic in Delhi almost doubled, daily metro ridership grew almost threefold to touch 2.5 million a day. In June 2019, the average daily ridership on the metro was 5.5 million.

India needs more metro services considering the fact that half of its population will be living in cities by 2030. Proposals to build 1,000 km are at various stages of consideration. Ten Indian cities have metro systems now, with more than half the length accounted for by Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR). Another 150 km of metro rail will debut in Nagpur, Bhopal, Indore, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Clearly, as Delhi’s population boomed, the metro rail came as a boon for thousands of its residents. By 2021, DMRC plans to connect the whole Delhi and the wider National Capital Region (NCR)to enable 18 million people to move through 500 km of territory.

Millions of people take the metro rail in cities, using a cheap, safe and convenient mode of transport that makes their bearable in otherwise barely livable urban India. More than Rs 1 trillion was invested in metro rail projects in 2018-19, and the amount is expected to peak to Rs 1.8 trillion by 2021, according to a report by India Infrastructure Research. All governmentowned metro systems run like corporations and have devised business plans to generate non-fare box revenue to be financially viable. Some of them have used trains to target customers with advertisements and digital content through tieups with some of the biggest technology companies in the world. Delhi Metro: Star of the tracks At the start of the 21st century, the most common sight on Delhi’s roads was the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) digging up tunnels and building pillars to create a utility that

DMRC resolved last-minute connectivity hiccups by introducing feeder buses. In 2018-19, DMRC decided to monetise last-mile connectivity by launching a separate subsidiary that would operate electric buses and threewheelers to connect its stations with residential areas. As more people use the metro, DMRC’s farebox revenue collections—money earned from ticket sales—have gone up and it is also using the ‘consumer in the commuter’ to boost its non-fare box revenues, which includes earnings from rentals and advertisement. Since 2008, DMRC’s fare-box revenues and its non-fare box revenues have grown at the same pace. In 2017-18, DMRC earned almost Rs 2600 crore in ticket sales and Rs 3600 as non-fare box revenue. DMRC created an ecosystem that has generated thousands of jobs not just in the construction of railway lines but also in encouraging ancillary services around the infrastructure created over the years. DMRC’s ongoing works are valued at almost Rs 19,000 crore, and the network



ARTICLE aims to cover the entire Delhi-NCR region by 2021. An impediment to Delhi Metro’s future could be the rise in ticket prices. When fares were hiked in 2017, ridership fell by more than two lakh the next year – the first time ever in the network's 17-year operational history.

Mumbai’s metro ride Metro One, India’s first public-private-partnership (PPP) project, aimed to connect Mumbai’s eastern and western flanks. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infrastructure holds a 69 per cent stake in Mumbai Metro One. In a city where most commuters depend on depleted BEST bus fleets or the overcrowded suburban rail networks, the opening of the first 12-km line between Andheri and Ghatkopar was more than just a first step towards solving the city’s transportation woes.

colony until October 21. The court also ordered the release of all the activists who had been arrested during protests. Unlike the Delhi Metro, Metro One in its limited years of operation has primarily derived its revenues from fare collections. Two-thirds of its Rs 319 crore revenue in 2017-18 came from ticket sales. While Metro One is a limited operation, the government is building a bigger line connecting the city’s northern and southern parts. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, like all other metros in India, is a joint venture between the central and the state governments. Expected to be operational by 2021, the new network would be thrice the size of Metro One. Mumbai needs its metro networks to succeed. The city’s overstretched public transport has forced many people to buy their own vehicles, further choking roads. Reports suggest that in 2011 there were 20.3 million vehicles. By 2017, the number of private vehicles on the city’s roads had grown 56 per cent. With more than Rs23,000 crore expected to be pumped to execute the project, the benefits in terms of getting people off the city’s roads and onto the tube would be known only in the years to come.

In 2018, an estimated 7.5 million people used the suburban railways every day and another four million used buses in Mumbai. In the year of its launch in 2014, Mumbai’s Metro One carried an estimated 250,000 commuters a day on this short yet crucial rail link. In 2017-18, the average daily ridership had jumped to almost 400,000. The Mumbai metro project initially drew some controversies over its fares. Later, opposition to the project again flared up in the Aarey colony on October 4 over felling of trees. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd started axing trees after the Bombay High Court rejected a bunch of petitions filed by NGOs and activists against the felling of trees. When many protestors gathered at the site to oppose the move, the Mumbai Police imposed Section 144 in the area and detained at least 84 protestors for allegedly disturbing public order and obstructing government officials from performing their duties. Of them, 29 were sent to five-day judicial custody. On October 7, however, the Supreme Court directed the Maharashtra government to cut no more trees in the Aarey 47


Chennai Metro races on Chennai, which has an extensive bus network, started metro in 2015with the state and central governments owning an equal stake. That year, Chennai had 5 million registered motor vehicles on its roads. Since its operationalization, 38 million people have travelled on the city’s expanding metro rail network. In April this year, 81,000 people used Chennai metro on an average every day. Launched during late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's tenure, the project saw rapid progress. Metro ridership has grown four-fold from 3.6 million annually in 2016 to 14 million in 2018.

ARTICLE In this two-year period, the number of privately owned twowheelers and motor cars have increased by just 17 per cent, indicating perhaps that the city’s people have found the Metro a better way to commute. Chennai, a vast and ever-expanding metropolis, could probably end up with the second biggest metro rail network after Delhi when both phases of its planned construction are complete. The first phase--parts of which are operational--spans 54 km and the second phase would be more than double this length. The Japanese have extensively funded the project, which after completion may cost three times more than the Mumbai metro. For the first time in 2017-18, Chennai Metro’s non-fare box revenue exceeded its farebox revenues. It earned Rs 28 crore from ticket sales and Rs 41 crore from rentals and advertisements.

Kochi and Lucknow hop on

As metros shrink sprawling metropolises, some smaller state cities too are investing heavily in building their own networks. Kochi and Lucknow metros are the newest networks. Both started operations in 2017-18 and have seen an enthusiastic response. Kerala has one of the highest private vehicle ownership in India (361 vehicles per 1000 population), but registration of new vehicles has stagnated in Kochi in recent years. In the very first year of its operation, the Kochi metro managed attracted over 50,000 passengers a day on an average in December 2018 according to the latest figures available. DMRC prepared plans for the Kochi metro and is executing its construction. The Lucknow metro too has met with an enthusiastic response.

Choked Bengaluru’s metro ride For Bengaluru Metro, commuting by road Isa nightmare. DMRC was the brains behind the IT city’s Namma metro, which got its first phase in 2017. In 2017-18, Bengaluru metro saw a daily average ridership of 1.5 lakh on both its lines clocking revenues of almost Rs 38 lakh on an average every day. From 2011 to 2017, Bengaluru’s two-wheeler and car population almost doubled from 3.6 million to seven million.

Reports suggest almost 60,000 people use the Lucknow metro every day. Like Delhi metro in its initial days, the Lucknow network has struggled to provide last-mile connectivity to commuters and this hasn’t led to a boom in ridership. According to its annual report, Lucknow metro has signed a contract with a Pune-based company to operate electric rickshaws and vehicles to address this issue.

Bengaluru’s residents relied on city buses butte boom in motor vehicles sales, fueled partly by rising incomes, choked the city. Bengaluru’s metro rail is part-funded by Agence Francaise Development, which has extended a credit line of Euro 200 million. The European Investment Bank has given another Euro 300 million. After fully operationalising the first phase of operations that has led to a spike in ridership, Bengaluru metro’s farebox revenues too shot up to Rs 281 crore in 2017-18 as compared to Rs 110 crore the previous year. Most of its non-fare box revenue comes from property development. METRO RAIL NEWS NOV | 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN


ARTICLE government is making, one can foresee that Indian Railways is heading towards privatizing the rail infrastructure. To achieve this, large infrastructure corporates may come up with plans to enter into a PPP with financial institutions and banks and take this opportunity to develop Indian Railways by undertaking projects that are profitable as well as secure.

PPP model for railways – the viable future option?

Indian Railways, state-owned by the Ministry of Railways, has been the backbone of India’s mass public transportation network for decades. The Indian railway network is among the world’s largest and with constantly increasing and countrywide urbanization, it has become imperative for the government to modernize the railway sector. This has opened more areas of investments to private and public sector companies, banks and financial institutions. The Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden budget speech in 2019, announced that the public-private partnership model (PPP) will be used to bring about faster development of the railways including rolling stock manufacturing and the delivery of freight. partnership model (PPP) will be used to bring about faster development of the railways including rolling stock manufacturing and the delivery of freight. In 2014, the government put forward plans for the largest ever expenditure for the railways of ₹654 billion (US$9.1 billion). It also proposed the introduction of bullet trains on the MumbaiAhmedabad network. The government in successive budgets has increased the outlay to ₹1.2 trillion and has introduced superfast trains with onboard services. The government also set up the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), a nodal agency whose remit is the redevelopment of stations in India. Under the Adarsh Station Scheme (ASS), Indian Railways has identified 1,253 stations, of which 1,103 have already been redeveloped. In the 2019 budget, the government allocated more than ₹30 billion for rail passenger amenities. In order to improve the quality of travel and to provide world-class services, the government has decided to build modern trains such as Train 18 or Vande Bharat trains and aims to put 109 such trains in 49


The Asian Development Bank has already signed an agreement to provide US$750 million for the purpose of electrification of railway tracks in India. Further, it has decided to lend US$926 million for the Mumbai metro rail project (657km of the metro rail network has become operational across the country). However, the majority of funding to Indian Railways is undertaken by the Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC), which was set up in 1986. The IRFC is registered as a Systemically Important Non-Deposit Taking Non-Banking Finance Company with the Reserve Bank of India. IRFC’s funding up to 2017 is more than ₹1.8 trillion. IRFC has been lending to various entities within the railway sector such as Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Railtel, Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, Pipavav Railway Corporation Limited and so on. It is astonishing that the private banks and financial institutions have not shown interest in direct funding of the rail infrastructure of the country. The banks and financial institutions may lend to such private players that may enter into an agreement with the government through the PPP model to develop the rail infrastructure. As the government is planning to introduce PPP model in the railway sector, it will be interesting to see which model the government will adopt, whether it be the joint venture model, the build, operate and transfer model, the customers’ model or the annuity model. To conclude, the banks and financial institutions should make the effort to increase their direct funding in ever-expanding rail infrastructure. To support such an effort, the government should frame policies aimed at developing and providing regulatory support to banks for the purpose of encouraging them to help fund new rail projects. (This article has first appeared on Indian Business Law Journal)


First set of trains for

T Chennai metro phase 1 extension flagged-off

he first set of trains for Chennai Metro’s Phase

I extension project, from Washermenpet to

Thiruvittiyur/Wimco nagar in North Chennai,

was flagged off on Saturday at the factory of Alstom

Transport India Limited in Sri City, Tada, Andhra

Pradesh. Phase - I of the Chennai Metro Rail Project, which

covers a distance of 45 km has been fully operational

from February 2019. The Phase-I extension project, of 9.051 km, is being

implemented at an estimated completion cost of

â‚š3,770 crore, said a press release from Chennai

Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL).

The construction work, which was inaugurated by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalalithaa on July 23, 2016, is underway. It is expected to be completed in June 2020. CMRL awarded the contract, in March 2018, to the consortium of Alstom Transport (France) and Alstom



NEW DEVELOPMENT Transport India Limited for the supply of ten train sets with the same configuration and specifications as supplied to Phase-I project. The train sets are being manufactured at Alstom’s factory in Sri

performed before deploying it to the passenger service. A press release said that the remaining nine train sets are under various stages of manufacturing and are expected to be delivered by the end of February, 2020, the release said.

City. The cost of supply is about â‚š200 crores. The manufacturing of the train sets commenced in February 2019. The trains have undergone various tests and inspections such as carbody dimensional checks, watertightness check, static routine traction and brake tests, etc.. The first train set is now ready for dispatch from the Alstom factory to CMRL Depot at Koyambedu. It was flagged-off by Pankaj Kumar Bansal, Managing Director, CMRL, along with Godin Bruno, Managing Director for rolling stocks and components at the Alstom facility on Saturday. On the arrival of the train sets, further tests such as slow speed and high speed Routine tests at the Depot and mainline will be




Alain Spohr, Managing Director of Alstom India and South Asia -Left- with Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director of MMRCL--third from left- along with senior official

MMRC unveil life-sized mock-up of Mumbai Metro Line 3 (Aqua Line) Rolling Stock Alstom and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) unveiled

Managing Director of MMRC along with senior officials. At the

the life-sized mock-up of the trainset for Mumbai Metro Line 3

same event, Line 3 was christened as Aqua Line, inspired by

(Aqua Line). The new, iconic and exclusive design for Mumbai

the vital flow of the sea, which is an integral part of the city.

meets all technical and manufacturing parameters. The mockup provides a glimpse of the advanced features that will make daily commute substantially easier for millions of citizens in the city.

Mr Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom India and South Asia, said, "Our objective was to create an appropriate, futureproofed design that is relevant to the people, the city and their expectations. This theme is called – Dynamic Fluidism. All

Once operational, the Aqua Line will reduce vehicular

technical and manufacturing parameters have been met in

congestion by offering a better alternative that will be fast,

respect to the high interior density layout and space efficiency.

efficient and sustainable. Earlier, in August this year, the scale

We are proud to present this 'New Face of Mumbai

model of the rolling stock was unveiled by Devendra Fadnavis,

Transportation'. Alstom is committed to support MMRC in

Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the presence of Ashwini Bhide,

easing the transportation challenges of Mumbai. With the



NEW DEVELOPMENT The design takes inspiration from the positive energy of

cities in India. The metro line will connect Cuffe Parade

Mumbai and the architecture of the city–which is an

business district in the extreme south of the city to Santacruz

amalgamation of different styles from around the world. The

Electronics Export Processing Zone in the north-central. The

theme captures the evolution of the city's architectural

Aqua Line will be the first underground metro line in Mumbai

landscapes over the years.

and will be one of the longest underground continuous

The exterior theme is a tribute to the energy flowing through the

stretches in India.

city of Mumbai–the city that never sleeps. Inspired by the vital flow of water and aspiring to be a fast, efficient and sustainable mode of travel, to become the new lifeline for the people of Mumbai. The interior color harmony is inspired by the people of Mumbai–always on the move, who turn to the sea for peace and are soothed by its waves and breeze. This inspired the idea to use a unique blend of comfort (beige) and freshness (arctic green) to provide a relaxing and refreshing travel experience. The trainsets for Aqua Line will be equipped with a regenerative braking system aiding a significant reduction in carbon emissions. The 177.2 meter-long trainsets will have higher capacity capable of ferrying around 3,000 passengers in one trip to accommodate high passenger flow.

Adani Group sets up firm to handle metro rail projects

Aqua Line trainset will have safety features that include CCTV

The Adani Group has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary for

cameras, smoke detectors, emergency intercoms, fire

building and construction of metro railways. The company has

extinguishers with large detrainment doors to evacuate

authorised share capital of Rs 5 lakh and paid-up share capital

passengers in an emergency quickly. The trainsets have

of Rs 1 lakh. The subsidiary, incorporated on October 17, is yet

appropriate signages, three rows of grab rails, grab handles,

to commence operations.

poles for holding and dedicated space for passengers with

"The company has incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary for

luggage. The design also ensures easy accessibility and

the business of building, construction of transportation facilities

comfort for the differently abled, with dedicated space for a

like metro and monorail segment, rapid rail transit system and

wheelchair in every car.

engineering, procurement and construction," Adani Group said

MMRC awarded Alstom a contract worth €315 million to supply

in an exchange filing.

31 lightweights, fully-furnished modern passenger trainsets of

The Adani Group had reportedly shown interest in participating

8 cars each (total 248 metro cars) for Mumbai Metro Line 3

in metro rail projects across several cities. The group had

(Aqua Line) in September 2018. Along with rolling stock, Alstom

allegedly committed around Rs 5,000 crore investment into

will also execute the power supply contract and equip Line 3

metro railways during an investors summit in Uttarakhand last

with Urbalis 400, its latest generation of CBTC signalling


technology. The scope of the signalling contract (worth €100 million) includes unattended train operation (UTO), computerbased interlocking and centralised train supervision, platform screen doors, as well as the electrical and mechanical supervisory control and data acquisition system (E&M SCADA). The Aqua Line has 27 stations (26 underground & 1 at-grade), 33.5-km long underground stretch connecting the busiest and most congested regions in Mumbai – one of the fastest-growing METRO RAIL NEWS | NOV 2019 | WWW.METRORAILNEWS.IN



bags Rs 955 cr civil contract “ KEC from Delhi Metro for Phase

IV project

KEC International, a global infrastructure building EPC major, Bidder Name

Quoted Amount


KEC International Limited

INR 954.87


the contract package DC-01 of Delhi MRTS Phase IV today.

Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T)

INR 1009.00


There is a total of three contractors viz. KEC International

Tata Projects

INR 1015.67


has bagged new contracts as the lowest bidder (L1) for the first civil construction package of Delhi Metro Phase IV project. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has opened price bid of

Limited, Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T Construction) and Tata Projects participated in the contract package DC-01 of Phase IV of Delhi Metro Rail Project whereas L&T Construction

Scope of work: Contract DC-01

and Tata Projects emerged as L2 and L3 respectively. This is

Part Design and construction of Elevated Viaduct, Elevated

the third MRTS (including RRTS) work order which has been

Ramp, Sliding line and Ten Elevated Stations viz. Keshopur,

secured by the KEC International Limited in India.

Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi, Mangolpuri, West Enclave,

Participants and Bidding Amount

Pushpanjali, Deepali Chowk, Madhuban Chowk, Prashant Vihar and North Pitampura (Excluding Architectural Finishing at stations, Steel FOB and PEB works of stations) of Janakpuri



CONTACT & AWARD West to RK Ashram Corridor (Extension of Line 8) of Phase – IV of Delhi MRTS.

is now well-established thanks to its local subsidiary. The company is currently involved with a number of railway

The tender was floated in the first week of July and the

projects including the East and West Dedicated Freight

estimated value of work was Rs.896.69 crores. The technical

Corridors and is working on Metros in Kochi, Delhi & Mumbai.

bid was opened on August 14, 2019. Estt. Cost: INR 896.00 Cr. Length: 12.50 km Bid Due Date: 11/09/2019 Recently, KEC International Limited secured two civil contracts worth Rs.845 crores from the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (for Rs.580 crores) and Kochi Metro Rail Limited (Rs.265 crores). KEC International Limited is involved in various verticals of infrastructure development viz. Power Transmission and Distribution, Railways, Solar, Civil, Smart Infrastructure and Cables. The company is currently executing infrastructure projects in 30+ countries and has a footprint in 100+ countries (including EPC & Supply).

Ardanuy Ingeniería bags power supply & SCADA systems Design Contract from Namma Metro Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), has awarded Ardanuy Ingeniería a contract to design 750 V DC third-rail power supply and SCADA systems for two lines to be developed under its network expansion program. The 17 km Outer Ring Road Line being developed under Phase 2A of the metro plan would have 13 stations, and the 37 km Airport Line would have 17 stations. According to the Spanish consultancy, the contract announced On October 2 would consolidate its order book in India, where it 57



Mukesh Kumar Singhal First non-IAS gets charge of MD of JMRC First a non-IAS person, Mukesh Kumar Singhal was given the charge of Managing director Of Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) on Thursday. Mukesh Kumar Singhal, an engineer, who was transferred from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has been working on deputation in the JMRC for the last one year. Appointing an engineer or a technical person to the top position of the metro work has always been a trend in DMRC. According to the Sources, This week that the post of managing director of Jaipur Metro rail Corporation (JMRC) is vacant, which has been affecting the efficiency of the metro. As per sources, no official was willing to fill the post of managing director. The reason for this was that JMRC did not seem to be a priority for the government after it became a loss-making entity. This has resulted in the delay of the phase IB project as well. Shri Mukesh Kumar Singhal Managing Director, JMRC


A new appointment is yet to be made and the charge has been given to Singhal so that the clearing of routine work orders won’t be an issue for now. However, officials in the department are not hopeful for any big changes through this decision.



Rosa García, appointed member of SENER’s Board of Directors The SENER engineering and technology group has appointed Rosa García as a member of its Board of Directors. As an Independent Director, she undertakes to contribute her knowledge in defining and monitoring the Group’s strategy, as well as applying her training in corporate governance and providing value to shareholders and stakeholders. With over three decades of combined international experience in the Information Technology, Energy, Infrastructure and Industry sectors, the executive shared her satisfaction with this appointment, stating: “For me it is a great honour that SENER, a benchmark Spanish private company in the generation of advanced engineering solutions, has selected me to be a member of its Board of Directors. I share in SENER’s values and in its way of doing things.” Rosa García, who holds a degree in Mathematics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), has spent most of her career at Microsoft, where she held the positions of Executive President of Microsoft Iberica and Vice-president of the Consumer division for Europe, among others. Later, she would be appointed by Siemens as Executive President in Spain. As a result of the work undertaken in this previous stage, she stated that she had “had the pleasure of carrying out joint projects with SENER, in which I have always been impressed by the excellence with which the company operates.” She also praised SENER for “its attention to clients’ needs, its commitment to a continuous process of innovation and the way in which it supports the development of its professionals and forms strategic partnerships with its suppliers.” In Rosa García’s words, joining SENER’s Board means being a part of “a company with excellent corporate governance that is always seeking to generate long-term sustainable value, coupled with a strong commitment to society and the environment.” Rosa García is currently on the Board of Directors of Mapfre and Tubacex. Previously, she was a member of the Boards of Banesto, Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, Acerinox and Bankinter.




Alstom to test World’s first hydrogen train in the Netherlands Alstom is all set to test the world’s first passenger train, Coradia iLint, which is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, for the first time in the Netherlands. Hydrogen fuel cells produce electrical power for traction. The company has signed an agreement with the Province of Groningen, local operator Arriva, Dutch company ProRail and energy firm Engie for the pilot project. During the first quarter of next year, the testing of the Coradia iLint train will be performed on the track between Groningen and Leeuwarden at up to 140km/h for two weeks. The testing is aimed at demonstrating that hydrogen fuel cell technology is an appropriate way to achieve zero-emission rail traffic on non-electrified lines in the Netherlands. No diesel trains are currently running in the country. Alstom Benelux managing director Bernard Belvaux said: “Alstom is committed to developing and implementing mobility solutions that permit not only the emergence of fully sustainable transport systems but also help drive the broader energy transition. “We look forward to demonstrating what has already been proven in Germany, that hydrogen represents a highly suitable way forward in both cases.”



The emission-free Coradia iLint train emits only water and steam at the time of operation. Railway operators and regional authorities who look to replace diesel fleets for operation on non-electrified lines find it as a clean alternative. The railway network in the Netherlands has about 1,000km of non-electrified line. Alstom unveiled the Coradia iLint train, which operates with a decreased level of noise, in September 2016. At that time, the company offered a complete package that comprised the train and maintenance services, and the hydrogen infrastructure, to make its deployment simple for operators.


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Company Secretary -01 Post



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Dy. General Manager - 01 Post


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Deputy Chief Engineer – 04 Posts


General Manager/Manager/Deputy



Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRCL)

Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRCL)

General Manager – 13 Posts


Company Secretary – 01 Post


Law Executive – 01 Post Chief Law Assistant – 01 Posts Executive Engineer – 01 Post

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Engineer/ Project Director / General Manager – 42 Posts




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Implementation Of Ropeway Corridor-1 Between Mahavir Nagar Metro Station (link Road) - Pagoda - Gorai Vilage, Mumbai On Design, Finance, Build, Operate, And Transfer (dfbot) Basis



Implementation Of Ropeway Corridor-2 Between Charkop Metro Station (link Road) To Marve, Mumbai On Design, Finance, Build, Operate, And Transfer (dfbot) Basis 1/9/2020 Construction Of Terminals At Mulavukad Hospital - Mulavukad Panchayat - Mulavukad North, Ponnarimangalam, Koramkotta, South Chittoor, Thevara, Nettoor And Kumbalam For Water Metro Project 12/7/2019


Construction Of Terminals At Mulavukad Hospital - Mulavukad Panchayat - Mulavukad North, Ponnarimangalam, Koramkotta, South Chittoor, Thevara, Nettoor And Kumbalam For Water Metro Project 12/7/2019








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Arrangement For Supply Of Foreign Exchange To The Executives Of The Shipping Corporation Of India Ltd. As Per The Tender Document 11/19/2019 Shifting / Modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 33kv, 11kv, Lt Lines, Transformers Etc. Of Pvvnl, Infringing Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 54000 To 64500) (mohiuddinpu 12/9/2019

Shifting/modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 33kv, 11 Kv, Lt Lines, Transformers Etc. Of Pwnl, Infringing Delhi-ghaziabad-meemt Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 75700 To 82800) {meerut By Pass (near Modipuram Flyover) To Modipuram Depot, Meerut}. 12/9/2019 Shifting /modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 33kv, 11 Kv, Lt Lines, Transformers Etc. Of Pwnl, Infringing Delhi-ghaziabad-meerut Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 54000 To 64500) {mohiuddinpur (modinagar)- Shatabdi Nagar}. 12/9/2019 Shifting / Modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 33kv, 11kv, Lt Lines, Transformers Etc. Of Pvvnl And Mes, Infringing Delhi- Ghaziabad Meerut Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 64500 - 75700) (shatabd 11/14/2019 Shifting / Modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 33kv, 11kv, Lt Lines, Transformers Etc. Of Pvvnl, Infringing Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 15200 16500) (bel (link Ro 11/14/2019 Shifting/modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 11 Kv, Lt Lines ,rmus ,transformers Etc Infringing Delhi-gurgaon-rewari-snb Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 23200-31950) (idpl- Udyog Vihar - Rajiv Ch 11/18/2019 Hiring Of Vehicles On Daily / Call Basis As And When Required For Nhsrcl Ahmedabad And Nearby Area. 11/28/2019

Estimated Cost: INR 2,083,850 11/6/2019

Hiring Of Vehicles On Daily Or Call Basis As And When Required For Nhsrcl Ahmedabad And Nearby Area.


Estimated Cost: INR 2,083,850





Shifting / Modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 33kv, 11kv, Lt Lines, Transformers Etc. Of Pvvnl, Infringing Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 15200 16500) (bel (link Ro 11/14/2019 Shifting/modification Of Electrical Utilities Of 11 Kv, Lt Lines ,rmus ,transformers Etc Infringing Delhi-gurgaon-rewari-snb Rrts Corridor Of Ncrtc (chainage 23200-31950) (idpl- Udyog Vihar - Rajiv Ch 11/18/2019 Hiring Of Vehicles On Daily / Call Basis As And When Required For Nhsrcl Ahmedabad And Nearby Area. 11/28/2019


Hiring Of Vehicles On Daily Or Call Basis As And When Required For Nhsrcl Ahmedabad And Nearby Area.


Supply, Laying, Erection, Testing And Commissioning Of 66kv 1c, 630mm2 Xlpe Cable With Poly. Al. Construction On Epc Basis For 66kv D/c Line From 220kv Gotri S/s To Vadodara Dss Having Approx. Route L


Auction For Cutting And Disposal Of Trees In Dadar And Nagar Haveli For Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Railway (mahsr) Project Of Nhsrcl.



Estimated Cost: INR 2,083,850 11/28/2019

Estimated Cost: INR 2,083,850


Estimated Cost: INR 143,768,888

Estimated Cost: INR 4,478,737




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Metro Rail News Nov 2019: ETCS and HoG Technology  

Our November issue focuses on interesting topics such as Calibration & Measuring Equipment and also provides the cover story on ETCS and HoG...

Metro Rail News Nov 2019: ETCS and HoG Technology  

Our November issue focuses on interesting topics such as Calibration & Measuring Equipment and also provides the cover story on ETCS and HoG...