The last of 14 trains of East-West Metro was flagged off from BEML’s Metro coach factory complex at Bengaluru by BEML chairman and managing director Deepak Kumar Hota on Wednesday, 17th May 2020).
The six-car rake will have a trial run at the Salt Lake depot once it reaches Kolkata. BEML secured the contract for 14 train sets with six cars each, worth Rs 900 crores, from Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, the executing agency for the project.
Hota said, “We are on track. We despatched the last of the 14 trains for Kolkata Metro’s East-West project.”
The East-West train, made of stainless steel, can carry 2,068 people in six coaches, compared to 3,200 that an eight-coach AC rake on the north-south route can ferry. The six-coach train will reach Kolkata on trailers, covering more than 2,000 km. It will be unloaded with the help of a 300 kg heavy duty crane at the Salt Lake Metro depot.