International bidders for the Belapur-Kharghar-Pendhar metro line

Hyundai Rotem, Balfour Betty and Nippon Signal, Siemens AG & Siemens India’ L&T Construction, Ansaldo STS’ CAF and CAF India’ OHL-Obrascon Huartelainsa’ Bombardier Transport’ CSR Nanjing Puzhen’ and Alstom India Ltd – these nine international firms have expressed their interest for providing  stock-trains, communication, signals and tracks for the upcoming 11-km Belapur-Kharghar-Pendhar Metro rail line.

While commenting on this matter, Tanaji Satre, Managing Director, City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), said, “About nine international firms have bought the bid documents for the Metro rail project. We are expecting their bid submissions by April. The company to win the bid will be responsible for not just providing the eight trains, but also for maintaining and regulating the entire infrastructure for three years.

The Rs. 2,111-crore project, which spans across 11-kms, will have 11 stations, with most of them in Kharghar. The project was launched in May 2011, and the first trial run is expected to be conducted around December 2014.

There are plans to extend this 11-km metro rail line. In one phase, the rail line will be extended up to Khandeshwar, near the proposed airport. In the next phase, (post the completion of the airport) this line will extend from the airport to Pendhar.

Source : Times of India

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