First Namma Metro train rolls out from S Korea
It was a proud moment for Bangalore Metro officials in South Korea. The city’s first Metro train rolled out from the Hyundai-Rotem factory there on Monday. Officials said the rollout signifies compliance to design, engineering and integration of the train’s various sub-systems and successful manufacturing of the complete train set. Once final testing is done, the train will leave for Bangalore, which is expected by October-end. The other four trains are likely to be ready latest by November, officials added. Each train set has two drive motor units (DMUs), and a coach in between. In effect, there are three compartments with total seating capacity of 1,000. The engine is also attached to the coach. On May 13, 2009, BMRC inked a contract with BEML-led consortium (BRIMM) for design, manufacture, supply, testing, commissioning of passenger-rolling stock (electrical multiple units) and training of Metro personnel at a cost of Rs 1,670.76 crore. As per the deal, the first five train sets are to be manufactured by Hyundai-Rotam in South Korea and the remaining 45 will be assembled at BEML Ltd, Bangalore.