CNR Dalian Locomotive bags Kolkata Metro order

China based CNR Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Company Ltd has won an order to supply 14 trains for Kolkata Metro Rail.CNR Dalian Locomotive

The new train will form the backbone of Metro Railway’s fleet in another two years.

The new trains will replace Indian Railways-owned Integral Coach Factory near Chennai which has a history of break down.

The order worth Rs 800 crore covers annual maintenance and said to the low maintenance rakes globally.

This is the first time Metro Railway has gone for global tender since its service started three decades ago.

The Metro fleet comprises 13 AC rakes along with 23 non-AC trains whose components have been manufactured by various PSUs.

The Integral Coach Factory is building seven more AC coaches to replace the non-AC trains that are long past their use-by date. The first of the lot is scheduled to join the fleet by the end of this year.

The new rakes that have been ordered will be used for under construction Joka-BBD Bag and New Garia-Airport lines, apart from north-south routes.

The global tender for 14 AC rakes, floated in 2011, had attracted some of the bigger names in coach manufacturing, including Bombardier, along with government owned BEML.