The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in India has begun the process of acquiring unmanned trains for three corridors approved in the Metro’s Phase IV project.
The company has begun bidding on the design, manufacture, supply, testing, test runs, and personnel training of 288 standard gauge coaches.
These coaches will later be converted into 48 6-coach trains operating in 3 approved corridors.
Depending on the terms of the bid, the manufacturer may need to set up a facility independently or with an Indian partner to create a coach in the country.
Contractors are also expected to source most of their materials and equipment from India.
DMRC has split the bid into two parts. In particular, Part A of 234 coaches and Part B of 54 coaches.
The first half coach runs the 28.9km Janak Puri West-RK Ashram and the 12.5km Maudipur-Majris Park corridor.
These corridors are extensions of the Magenta (Botanical Garden-Janakpri West) and Pink (Majuris Park-Shibbihar) lines, respectively.
Part B coaches operate on the 20.2km Aerocity-Tughlakabad Corridor, dubbed the Silver Line.
Silverline bids also cover up to 15 years of full coach maintenance service.
Trains support unmanned train operation (UTO) operation, also known as unmanned operation, by introducing communication-based train control signaling technology.
In December 2020, DMRC began operating India’s first fully autonomous unmanned train on the Magenta line.
Earlier this year DMRC received a loan of $ 1.15 billion (Rs 83.9 billion) About the Phase 4 expansion plan of the metro by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a bilateral cooperation organization of the Japanese government.