The contract also includes an option for 16 additional metro cars. The first deliveries are planned for the end of 2012. In addition to supplying the rolling stock, Alstom will equip the new trains with a signaling system for Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO).
Chennais metro project has been initiated in 2007.
The phase 1 consists of two interconnected lines, linking North Chennai to the Airport in the South and Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount. It will include 32 stations -19 equipped with full size platform screen doors- over 45 km (24 km underground and 21 km elevated).
These lines have been planned with a capacity to carry more than 500,000 people daily and a frequency between two trains as short as 3 minutes. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2014-2015. Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, located on the southeastern coast of India. It is the fifth most inhabited conurbation in India, with a population of more than 8 million people.
Alstom will supply Chennai metros public operator with 42 train-sets composed of four cars each. The stainless steel trains will feature air-conditioned interiors and electrically operated automatic sliding doors, offering comfort and easy access to passengers. They will be equipped with a regenerative braking system ensuring significant energy savings. The cars will operate on 25 KV AC through an overhead catenary system at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
As a multi-specialist rail transport solutions supplier, Alstom has previously provided train control and signaling systems for the metro of Delhi and is installing them in the metro of Bangalore.