BEML Ltd to supply 72 Metro rakes to Kolkata Metro this financial year
Kolkata: BEML Limited, the only Indian company to manufacture hi-tech world-class Metro rakes, will supply another 72 rakes to Kolkata Metro by this financial year, according to the CMD of the PSU, D K Hota.
"BEML is also executing Metro contract for 150 rakes to BMRCL and also supplying metro rakes to DMRC phase-3 project. The extension orders from DMRC and BMRC for about 150 Metro rakes are in the pipeline for BEML,"
Hota said at the Rail Connect East 2018, a conference organised by CII in partnership with Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO), Indian Railways and a few specialised organisations under its umbrella on Friday. BEML has already supplied two train sets to Kolkata Metro.
Till date more than 1,200 Metro rakes have been supplied by BEML to Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur.
According to Hota, high-speed trains not only save time and significantly enhance mobility, there is also a strong case from the environmental and sustainability perspective.
High-speed trains are the most fuel efficient mode and has a very small rakebon footprint
(Emissions per passenger kilometer is 4 Kg of CO2 by rail, 14 Kg of CO2 by road and 17 Kg of CO2 by air).
He maintained that investment in high-speed rail is very high and it ensures reliability, safety and comfort.
BEML has tied up with Japanese company Hitachi.
Earlier on this theme address, S K Gupta, Executive Director (Stores), RDSO, called upon the "vendor community" to join the "massive augmentation and modernisation" exercise by the
"To make this a success, greater industry participation is a must. If you supply quality materials to the Indian Railways, the result will be win-win for all," Gupta said, adding that vendor approval process has become a lot easier, transparent and fair.
"Everything is online now. All manual interventions have been done away with," he added.