The first indigenously built rake to be deployed for Metro 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and Metro 7 (Dahisar-Andheri via Western Express Highway) arrived in Mumbai from the Bengaluru facility of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.
The rake will be unveiled in the presence of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar at the Charkop depot on Friday.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority plans to commence services from May 2021. The indigenously designed “driverless” Metro cars will operate on 25 kV AC traction power and come equipped with CCTV surveillance cameras. They also have a provision for carrying passengers’ bicycles in the coaches.
The cars are made of a stainless-steel body, with a capacity of carrying 2,280 passengers in a six-car Metro trainset. BEML bagged a total order of 576 cars for MMRDA’s Metro project, the largest order ever, amidst stiff competition in the presence of international players. Supply is scheduled to be progressively done up to January 2024.