CIDCO to rope in pvt firm

With civil work on the first Metro of Navi Mumbai progressing rapidly, CIDCO is looking to rope in a private player to provide rolling stock and other rail systems and to commission and maintain the service for three years. It has issued a request for proposal documents to invite bids. The contract size would be Rs 1,020 crore.

The company winning the contract will have to provide rakes, including a simulator, signalling and train control systems with radio communication, power, depot equipment and ensure automatic fare collection. "The selected bidder shall be responsible for design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of complete Metro rail system on a turnkey basis and its maintenance," a CIDCO spokesperson said. The company will also be responsible for securing all design approvals, oscillation trials and speed certification of rolling stock from RDSO, he said. Besides, all operation and maintenance staff will be trained by the company. The first Metro line in Navi Mumbai is 11 km from Belapur to Pendhar. The Metro is being built at an approximate cost of Rs 1,985 crore. The construction started about one-and-a-half years ago and is expected to be completed by December 2014.

Metro will cater to 11,250 passengers per hour with four-coach trains at a frequency of 8 minutes in 2014. The capacity may have to be expanded to 27,000 passengers per hour with six-coach rakes every 5 minutes.

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