Alstom’s first metro in India entered commercial service in the Chennai metro rail project. The first phase from Koyambedu to Alandur of Line-2 was commissioned on June 29, 2015. More than 80,000 passengers are expected to travel per day on the new metro line.
In 2011, Alstom was awarded a contract worth 243 million euros for the supply of 42 metro trainsets (168 metro cars) for the Chennai Metro in India. Alstom, in 2012, set up a manufacturing plant in Sri-City. Close to 80 per cent of the Metropolis trainsets ordered by Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) were manufactured there while the first nine train sets (36 metro cars) were produced at Alstom’s factory in Lapa, Brazil. Alstom has already delivered 25 out of 42 trains for this project.
The 4-car Metropolis train can carry over 1,200 passengers comfortably as it is equipped with air-conditioning, a passenger information system with LED displays, CCTVs, luggage racks and special sections for ladiesand people with reduced mobility. The metro will operate on 25kV AC through an overhead catenary system at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
The Chennai metro rail was commissioned on 29th June 2015. It has two corridors— Washermenpet to Chennai Airport, and Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount. The network comprises 32 stations out of which 19 are underground.