India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has awarded a €85m contract to Alstom 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. It is expected to transport 15,000 commuters an hour.
Under this contract, Alstom will be responsible for design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 track gauge trains.
The contract also includes an option for 25 additional metro sets and the first train set of the series is expected to be delivered in early 2016.
Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific senior vice-president Dominique Pouliquen said: "This is our second metro contract in the country after Chennai.
"It confirms our commitment to provide competitive, innovative and high-value products and solutions for our customers while serving the ever-growing urban transportation market in India."
Composed of three cars, the 65m-long trains will have a maximum speed of 80km/h.
The train sets will be capable of accommodating a total of 975 passengers and they will be equipped with air-conditioning and passenger information systems.
Construction of these trains will be performed in the company’s new facility at Sricity in Andhra Pradesh, India.
In 2012, Alstom signed a contract worth €243m with Chennai Metro Rail to supply 168 cars along with an option for 16 additional metro cars.
Spread across an area of 280,000ft², the flagship facility in Sricity is expected to play a significant role in the development of Alstom in the region.
Image: The new Alstom build trains will have the capacity to carry up to 975 passengers. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.