THE first metro train for the standard-gauge Bhopal-Indore metro project was delivered by Alstom to Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (MPMRCL) on August 31.

Alstom says the train was built in record time of 14.5 months from the notice to proceed (NTP). The train will be sent to Indore and is expected to be operational by April 2024. A mock-up car was unveiled at Smart City Park in Bhopal on August 26 by the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. The second train is expected to be delivered to Bhopal by September 20.

Under a €387m contract, which includes maintenance for 15 years, Alstom is supplying 27 trains for operation on the 31km line in Bhopal and 25 sets for the 31.5km line in Indore.

The three-car Movia trains will be fitted with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling equipment as well as train control and telecommunication systems; each with a seven-year maintenance contract.

The trains will operate at a top speed of 80km/h. Each train will have 50 seats and room for 300 standing passengers.

The Bhopal metro - known locally as the Bhoj Metro - is a planned 104.87km six-line network. The first two lines under construction are the 15km Line 2 and the 12.88km Line 5. Indore, the largest city in Madhya Pradesh, plans to build a 124km network starting with the 31.5km Yellow Line.

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