Bombardier Transportation has delivered the first of 162 MOVIA rail cars for operation on the Delhi Metro in India. 

The order was placed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), with the new trains increasing the number of DMRC’s existing fleet of MOVIA metros from 614 to 776.

DMRC rolling stock director HS Anand said: "These new cars are being procured by Delhi Metro for services on its presently operational red, blue and yellow lines. These cars will be put into service in a phased manner after the mandatory tests and trials.

“The addition of these cars will go a long way in providing safe and comfortable travel to our valued commuters."

With a capacity to accommodate 1,740 passengers in a six-car formation, the trains use advanced mobility technologies that have been adapted for Delhi’s existing infrastructure, Bombardier said.

"Trains use advanced mobility technologies that have been adapted for Delhi’s existing infrastructure."

Once configured into eight-car sets, the new energy efficient vehicles will be able to carry approximately 2,400 passengers.

Bombardier Transportation Asia Pacific region president Benoît Cattin-Martel said: “The high degree of localisation executed in the project at Bombardier’s Savli and Maneja sites fulfils the requirements of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign and Delhi Metro’s indigenous procurement plan that encourages local manufacturing.”

Bombardier said that it is Delhi Metro’s largest supplier of signalling systems and one of its largest suppliers of rolling stock with more than $1.2bn of orders placed since 2007.

The company has delivered, or is in the process of delivering, signalling solutions for more than 120km of track for Delhi Metro’s Lines 5 and 6 with extensions and Line 7.

Image: Benoit Cattin Martel and Harsh Dhingra from Bombardier Transportation and DMRC rolling stock director HS Anand. Photo: © Bombardier.