The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) manufacturing facility in China has rolled out one Namma Metro prototype coach that the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) will deploy on the upcoming Yellow Line, which is more likely to be operational in February, 2024.
According to BMRCL sources, the prototype has been rolled out just lately and it might attain town subsequent month.
In 2019, the Chinese firm obtained a ₹1,578-crore contract to ship 216 metro coaches to BMRCL. However, they have been unable to fulfil the contract owing to not having established a producing plant in India as stipulated.
“The firm will deliver the prototype sets of six-coach trains and it has been rolled out and all other coaches will be supplied to BMRCL in phases. The officials had gone to China to inspect and facilitate transit of the coaches,” an official from BMRCL mentioned.
Earlier, BMRCL had issued a number of notices to CRRC, considering the encashment of its ₹372-crore financial institution assure. Presently, the Chinese firm has partnered with Kolkata-based Titagarh Wagons to provide the remaining coaches.
“CRRC has entered into an MoU with an Indian company for coach manufacturing. We expect the arrival of these coaches, which will be deployed on the R.V. Road – Bommasandra line,” the official added.
The Namma Metro’s R.V. Road – Bommasandra line, a 19-km elevated Yellow Line, is anticipated to be operational by subsequent 12 months.