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Govt mulling Metro in 9 more cities: Naidu

Metro proposals for nine cities, including Lucknow and Pune, costing a total of Rs 83,000 crore are under consideration of the central government, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday.

Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Pune and Vijayawada are few cities which are under the consideration of the central government, he said. "The Metro services would cover a total length of 223 km and cost Rs 83,000 crore," Naidu said. With such expansion of metro services, the demand for rolling stock is set to increase and keeping this in view, government is encouraging production of metro coaches in the country, Naidu said.

Speaking at the inauguration of Reach-3B of Bangalore Metro Railway line between Nagasandra and Peenya Industrial Area, he said, "out of the 2,100 coaches that Delhi metro needs for its three phases, 1,850 are being indigenously manufactured." Stating that presently indigenous metro coach making facilities existed at three locations in the country with a total production capacity of 620 coaches per year, Naidu said these include BEML's unit at Bengaluru with a capacity of 150 coaches per year, Bombardier's unit in Gujarat with a capacity of 350 per year and Alstom's unit in Chennai that can produce 120 cars per year. 

"Alstom is setting up another metro car making unit at Sri City with an investment of Rs 630 crore," he added. Naidu said Bombardier has signed a contract with Australia for exporting 450 metro cars made in India and these exports will begin by the end of this year. Similarly, Alstom will supply 132 metro cars to Australia beginning in August, 2017.

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