GUJARAT Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) has awarded a joint venture led by Systra and including Egis Rail and Aecom Asia to provide general engineering consultancy services for the metro project in the western Indian city of Surat.

Systra’s teams will provide a review of the detailed project report (DPR), design review, procurement assistance for civil and system works, construction supervision for civil & system works, system integration, overall project management, safety and quality checks, and testing and commissioning. The contract will last for 42 months.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 120.2bn ($US 1.62bn) and is partly funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the German development bank, DFW.

The project consists of two lines with a combined length of 40.35km. The first 21.61km line runs from Sarthana to Dream City with six underground and 14 elevated stations. The second 18.74km elevated line runs from Bhesan to Saroli with 18 stations.

Three-car trains will operate at a maximum speed of 80km/h and the lines will be electrified at 750V dc third rail. The line will be equipped with continuous automatic train control system (CATC) with cab signalling and automatic train operation (ATO) and automatic train supervision (ATS) sub-systems based on radio communication between wayside and the train. The network will deploy an automatic fare collection system based on smart cards and will be fitted with platform screen doors.

Surat has a population of seven million people and is one of the largest cities in western India, and the second largest in Gujarat state.

Systra is also providing general engineering consultancy services for GMRC for the Ahmedabad metro project phase 1. The first section opened in March 2019 and the project is due to be completed in 2022.

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