Chinese firm to supply coaches for Kolkata Metro

Beijing/Kolkata, June 10 (IANS) A Chinese rail equipment major will supply 112 coaches of 14 trains for the Kolkata Metro, India’s oldest underground train service, according to sources.

CRRC Corp. announced through its official Weibo account — China’s biggest Twitter-like social media platform — on June 8 that it has acquired its first overseas deal from India’s railway ministry.

Confirming the development, a Kolkata Metro spokesman said: “We have learnt that the coaches will be supplied by CRRC. But we have not got any more details from the railway board.”

Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company, a subsidiary company of CRRC, received the contract from India’s railway ministry, People’s Daily reported.

With a maximum capacity of up to 2,500 people and a maximum speed of 80 km per hour, the first subway train will be delivered in the beginning of 2017.

Kolkata, the third-biggest city in India, will replace trains that have been running for over 30 years in its south-north 23.45-km subway line in order to ease transportation pressure.

Kolkata Metro started its journey on October 24, 1984, and now carries an average of 5.77 lakh passengers on weekdays over a length of 25.13 km spread in the busy north-south axis of the city. On October 9, 2013, it carried a record 8.62 lakh passengers.

The CRRC Corp’s announcement has come ahead of West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra led business delegation’s trip to the third China South Asia Business Forum and Expo to be held from June 11 to 16 at Kunming, China to showcase the eastern Indian state as investment friendly.

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Modi government is buying coaches from China for KOLKATA Metro.

    MAXIMUM SPEED REQUIRED FOR THE METRO IS MERE 80 K.M. PER HOUR. BEMEL OF BENGALURU HAS SUPPLIED BETTER AND MORE SPEEDY COACHES FOR DELHI METRO. YET, MODI WANTS TO IMPORT IT FROM CHINA!?

    MODI’S MAKE IN INDIA MEANS “GO AND BUY THE COACHES FROM CHINA”!

    HE MUST BE TAUGHT THE MEANING OF “MAKE IN INDIA” BEFORE HE UTTERS THE WORD NEXT TIME! IS HIS ENGLISH COACH THE “CHINESE COACH?

  2. The globetrotter possibly understands his ‘Make in India’ differently to what his adoring fans understand it to be.

    The globetrotter comes from the state where, generally, even if you can save a 100 rupees, you have done well. It is quite possible that buying from China is cheaper than buying from an Indian manufacturer.

    Never mind that the Indian manufacturers will soon be a thing of the past. The millions of young job seekers will continue to be so until they become old job seekers. But that is not a concern to the policy makers.

    But for now, I won’t be surprised to see the Chinese firm setting up a factory in India, employing all Chinese designers and factory hands, with perhaps some cheaply acquired raw materials from the Indian suppliers, and labelling the coaches as “Made in India”.

    There will be plenty of press releases with photoshopped images of “our hero-ji” and his “Make In India”.

    The adoring fans of the globetrotter will have great grins over their faces. “Look what our hero has done! Something unthinkable in the last 60 years!”

  3. Once again, Manga(L) continues to spew his hatred towards one particular community from western part of India. It doesn’t really surprise me as his masters are also known for discrimination based on every possible reason/factor!! Remember – this guy would never utter a word against peaceful folks even though his masters are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain peace and order in their societies!! This kind of strange bi-polar disorder is quite common among self-haters in India.

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