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First standard gauge Metro train ships in

A standard gauge Metro train,part of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s consignment of imported Metro coaches,arrived at Gujarat’s Mundra Port on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 17, 2009 11:44:16 pm

Arrived at Gujarat port after three weeks’ voyage from Korea n Will be used on Inderlok-Mundka line

A standard gauge Metro train,part of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s consignment of imported Metro coaches,arrived at Gujarat’s Mundra Port on Sunday. It will now be transported to the Delhi Metro’s Mundka depot for testing before being used on the Inderlok-Mundka line.

The coach,India’s first of the standard gauge variety,arrived after a three-week-long voyage by sea from Changwon in South Korea,where it was manufactured.

“The DMRC so far possessed only broad gauge trains but three lines under Phase-II — Inderlok-Mundka,Central Secretariat-Badarpur and the Airport Express Line — are being built using the standard gauge as per international norms,” Anuj Dayal,DMRC spokesperson,said.

Though according to international norms all metro rails run on the standard gauge,the broad gauge was chosen to link the Metro rail service with Indian Railways in Delhi.

The DMRC,however,chose to incorporate the narrower standard gauge into its network after taking into consideration the easy availability of engineering devices and the cost effectiveness of standard gauge coaches.

Standard gauge trains are slightly smaller at 2.9 m in width and 22.34 m in length (including the driver’s cabin) when compared to the 3.2 m-width and 22.60 m-length of broad gauge trains.

“New standard gauge trains are being procured for the first two lines while the concessionaire M/s Reliance – CAF will provide trains for the Airport Express Line,” Dayal said.

The new coaches will also have a sleeker look. The front of the standard gauge Metro train will have a single glass pane instead of the two separate panes in the existing trains.

Other features include CCTV cameras inside and outside the coaches,power connections inside coaches for charging mobile phones and laptops,better humidity control and microprocessor-controlled disc brakes.

“The new coaches will also have external display boards on the sides so that passengers can view train information while standing on platforms. Digital route maps will be provided inside coaches instead of stickers and four passenger information boards will be placed in each coach,” Dayal said.

The DMRC has placed an order for 48 standard gauge trains with a consortium of Mitsubishi,ROTEM,Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML). While 46 trains will have four coaches each,two trains will have six coaches each.

While the first train was imported from Korea,the rest are being manufactured in the BEML factory in Bangalore. The delivery of these trains is expected to start in May 2009 and will be completed by the end of 2010.

The Delhi Metro will have more than 200 trains when Phase-II becomes fully operational.

What to expect
* The new trains are slightly smaller at 2.9 m in width and 22.34 m in length (including the driver’s cabin) when compared to the 3.2 m-width and 22.60 m-length of broad gauge trains
* The new coaches will also have a sleeker look. The front of the standard gauge Metro train will have a single glass pane instead of the two separate panes in the existing trains
* The trains will have CCTV cameras inside and outside the coaches,power connections inside coaches for charging mobile phones and laptops,better humidity control and microprocessor-controlled disc brakes
* Digital route maps will be provided inside coaches instead of stickers and four passenger information boards will be placed in each coach
* The DMRC has placed an order for 48 standard gauge trains. delivery of these trains is expected to start in May 2009 and will be completed by the end of 2010.

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