Navi Mumbai City and Industrial Development Corporation signed a $US 49m contract with CSR Zhuzhou in September 2014 to supply a fleet of eight three-car trains for the initial phase of the Indian city’s first metro line.

Three trains are due to be delivered in May with the final three scheduled to arrive in August.

The 25kV 50Hz ac sets will accommodate up to 1128 passengers, 150 of them seated, and will have a maximum speed of 80km/h. Additional vehicles will be ordered to lengthen the trains as subsequent phases of the line are commissioned.

The 23.4km 20-station Line 1 will link Belapur to Khandeshwar and was due to be completed in 2016. However, superintendent engineer Mr Deepak Hartalkar told Mumbai-based news site Mid-Day that while the elevated spans are complete, work on stations and signalling is still in progress and the line is not expected to open before 2020.

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