MUMBAI Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has awarded Alstom a €220m contract to design, manufacture, supply, test and commission 39 six-car metro trains, including personnel training, for the Wadala - Kasarvardavali Line 4 and the Kasarvardavali - Gaimukh Line 4A extension.

The under-construction 35.3km line is elevated with 32 stations, and will connect with the existing Eastern Express Roadway, monorail, the future metro Line 2B (D N Nagar - Mandale) which is under construction, and the proposed Line 5 (Thane - Kalyan) and Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar - Vikhroli).

Line 4 was approved by the MMRDA in 2014, and by the state cabinet of Maharashtra in September 2016. The full line is expected to reduce the travel times by 50-75%, depending on road conditions. The line was due to be opened in 2022, but has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alstom says that the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, which was completed on January 29, added new products to its portfolio that it is offering in the Asia Pacific region.

“These are exciting times, and this first order following our merger with Bombardier Transportation demonstrates our continued commitment towards partnering in the country’s Make-in-India mission,” says Mr Ling Fang, region president, Alstom Asia Pacific.

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