French company Alstom has inaugurated the first service along the Lucknow Metro network in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The company previously secured a $150m contract from Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) in September 2015 for the supply of 20 four-car Metropolis trainsets.
The Lucknow trainsets were designed in Bangalore and manufactured at Sri City and Coimbatore.
They feature 186 seats arranged longitudinally and have two dedicated zones for passengers with reduced mobility.
The trains will operate on the new 23km-long metro line, which will comprise a total of 22 stations.
Alstom Asia Pacific Sales & Business Development vice-president Bharat Salhotra said: “Alstom welcomes the commencement of commercial operations of Lucknow metro.
“It is an honour for us to contribute towards Government’s ‘Make in India’ plans.
"The project is a testimony of our commitment to make India a world leader in urban mobility, both in terms of technology and flawless execution.”
Alstom also supplied the Urbalis Computer Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling solution to the project, making Lucknow the second transit system in India to make use of the system after Kochi.
The Lucknow metro line will feature 19 elevated stations with a further three situated underground.
The line will initially carry an estimated 430,000 passengers daily, which is expected to increase to more than one million by 2030.
Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has supplied around 20,000t of steel for the 8.5km stretch of the rail network's North-South Corridor, which will operate between Transport Nagar and Lucknow Charbagh station.
Image: Alstom supplies Metropolis traincars to Lucknow Metro in India. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.