India-based Bharat Earth Movers (BEML) has delivered the first set of six-car metro train units to Kolkata Metro Rail (KMRCL).

BEML was contracted to deliver 84 standard gauge metro cars (14 trains) to the KMRCL East-West Metro Line. The total contract value is nearly Rs9bn ($138.4m).

The new six-car metro trains are designed and manufactured by BEML.

Equipped with the advanced communication-based train control (CBTC) system, these six-car rakes include two Driving Motor Cars (DMC) at both ends.

The trains feature LED lighting for energy conservation, CCTV cameras and latest train protection/control systems to ensure passenger safety.

“BEML is providing world-class metro coaches to urban metro transport.”

Capable of operating at speeds up to 80km/h, these rakes can accommodate up to 2,068 passengers.

BEML CMD DK Hota said: “BEML is providing world-class metro coaches to urban metro transport.

“This helps in reducing road congestion and gives impetus to ‘Made in India’ policy. In associating with KMRCL we are delighted to serve Kolkata metro commuters.”

Trial runs on the East-West Metro Line from Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium are expected to start from early next month. This stretch of the line is expected to be inaugurated in October this year.

The total 16.6km East-West Metro Line will comprise 12 stations connecting Salt Lake with Howrah.

BEML started manufacturing and supply of high-tech metro cars in 2002.

The company has so far supplied more than 1,300 metro cars to multiple locations across India, including Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur.