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French rail manufacturer Alstom has secured two contracts worth more than €65m from India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to deliver signalling, telecom and electrification solutions for the new Kochi metro line in Kerala, India.

Under this contract, Alstom will be responsible for design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of its Urbalis 400 communication-based train control (CBTC) solution.

Alstom will also deliver an integrated telecom solution comprising of radio, CCTV, passenger information display and announcement systems, and a gigabit network for the line.

"Through our complete range of systems, Alstom is well-positioned to support metro project developments across India."

In addition, the manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 750V third-rail traction electrification and auxiliary substations (ASS) and associated SCADA systems are also part of this deal.

Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific senior vice-president Dominique Pouliquen said: "These are the first contracts awarded to Alstom in India for telecom and electrification, as well as for our CBTC-based signalling solution.

"Through our complete range of systems, Alstom is well-positioned to support metro project developments across India."

The Kochi metro is expected to be completed in early 2016 and commercial service is scheduled to start in March 2016.

In September 2014, Alstom secured a €85m contract for the delivery of 25 metro trains to Kochi Metro Rail.

The trains will service on the 25.6km-long Kochi network, which has 22 stations and will be capable of carrying up to 15,000 passengers an hour in each direction.

For the current project, engineering will be led by Alstom’s site in Bangalore in India, while equipment for the projects will come from Villeurbanne, France and Bologna, Italy.


Image: The construction of Kochi metro rail is expected to be completed in early 2016. Photo: courtesy of Ajithpithu.