Aligning with the UPMRC's plan to begin Kanpur Metro trials in November this year, Alstom delivered the first prototype train for the ambitious project today. This train set was built at Alstom's rolling stock manufacturing facility in Gujarat's Savli, under the ambit of initiatives like 'Make in India' and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. As per reports, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Managing Director of UPMRC and the Managing Director of Alstom were a part of the unveiling event.
Metro to benefit over 31 lakh citizens in Kanpur
Notably, the company had registered a track record of delivering the rolling stock & signaling solutions for Lucknow Metro, in record time. On 29 January this year, Alstom completed the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation (BT), which is responsible for the delivery of Kanpur & Agra metro as well. As per reports, Alstom's work on the Agra-Kanpur metro project includes the design, build and delivery of 201 metro cars and an advanced signalling solution, valued at about ₹2051 crores.
Once commissioned, the new metro trains will benefit about 50 lakh citizens of both Kanpur and Agra, reportedly. Besides, the overall project will also contribute majorly towards speeding up the economic development in these cities.
India's latest metro fleet to be equipped with state of the art facilities
As per reports, the body of India's latest metro fleet will be built using stainless steel. The air-conditioned coaches will be equipped with automatic sliding doors as well. Additionally, apart from comfortable seating areas and standing spaces, dedicated areas for entry of wheelchair-bound specially-abled commuters will also be included in these cars.
Parallelly, these cars will provide for an accessible and enhanced passenger experience with modern passenger information systems. As per the claims of Alain, MD of Alstom, their MOVIA metros are famed for functional reliability, aerodynamic modular design and strengthened safety features.
Urban mobility to be transformed in Agra & Kanpur
In a bid to comply with the highest environmental standards, the trains will be equipped with FLEXX metro bogies and MITRAC propulsion system, reportedly. Consequently, this will result in increased energy efficiency thereby reducing the operating costs. As per reports, each train will accommodate around 960 passengers in the three-car layout. With the timely delivery of this prototype car, this project is expected to complete soon, thereby remodeling the face of urban mobility in Agra and Kanpur.
While addressing the launch event virtually, the CM informed that there are plans to set up similar metro facilities in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Jhansi and Meerut in near future.