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Pune metro: Cabinet approves handover of 53.94 acres govt land to PMRDA


In a move, the state Cabinet of Maharashtra approves the handing over of three government plots in the city to the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) as a parts of its viability gap funding of Rs 812 crore for the proposed metro rail project under PPP from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar.

The state government will be handing over land designated for government polytechnic, dairy development and police department to the PMRDA. In all, the state government will be handing over 53.94 acres in response to PMRDA’s demand, including 26 acres of government polytechnic land on Ganesh hind Road, 17.64 acres of dairy development department in Shivajinagar and 10.3 acres of Pune Rural Police and wireless department. The estimated cost of the metro route from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar is Rs 8,312 crore.

“The state government is supposed to provide Rs 812 crore as financial assistance to the metro rail project. So, the decision is to provide land for raising funds instead of direct financial assistance,” said the state government in a press release.

Accordingly, the PMRDA sought 54.14 acres of government land alongside the proposed metro rail route for raising funds through commercial and business use. The development authority said it was necessary and inevitable to get government land to raise funds for the project.

In October 2018, the state government issued a work order for the proposed 23-km metro line 3 from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar with the contract being granted to a joint venture of Tata and Siemens. The project is based on a public private partnership model to decongest traffic in the city by improving connectivity within the metropolitan region. This line will mainly cater to the information and technology sector.

source: indianexpress

Blue Star wins Rs 253 crore contract for Mumbai metro Line-3

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The air-conditioning and refrigeration manufacturing major Blue Star on has won a contract of worth Rs 253 crore from the mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL).

The scope of work for this contract includes design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the air conditioning, tunnel ventilation and environmental control system for nine underground stations and associated tunnels on Mumbai metro line 3 corridor between Mumbai Central and Bandra.

Moreover as per report line 3 of the mumbai Metro, also known as the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line, is partially funded by JICA (japan International Cooperation Agency) and is the longest continuous underground metro stretch in the country.

In a statement it said “Blue Star with its engineering prowess, proven project management expertise and impressive track record of on-time completion is well confident to execute such complex projects.

L&T Q1 net profit rises to ₹1,473 crore

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 India’s largest Engineering and construction company Larsen & Toubro on Tuesday announced a consolidated net profit at ₹1,472.58 crore for June quarter. i.e. 21% year-on-year rise.

 The Strong all-round growth has been seen on all key performance parameters.

L&T had reported it’s net profit of ₹1,214.78 crore in the year-ago quarter, the company said in a BSE filing. However, the net profit was lower than the estimates of ₹1,560 crore.

Consolidated gross revenue for the ended quarter increased by 9.74% to₹29,636 crore.

International revenue stood at ₹9,268 crore accounted for 31% of the total revenue during the quarter.

The company has won orders worth ₹38,700 crore during the ended quarter.

Overall, the consolidated order book stood at ₹2.94 trillion as of 30 June, out of which international orders accounted for 21% of the book.

The infra segment of L&T bagged ₹17,497 crore orders during the quarter, which were 10% lower on an annual basis. The order book for the segment stood at ₹2.19 trillion.

The hydrocarbon segment reported an order booking of ₹3,424 crore for the quarter and order book for this segment stood at₹40,408 crore. This segment, on an annual basis, reported 60 basis points jump in Ebitda margins at 7.6%.

Today, shares of L&T gained 0.44% to close at₹1,410, while the benchmark index, Sensex, lost 0.13% to close at 37,982.74 points.

IRCON signed an agreement of $91.26 mn to upgrade Sri Lankan Railway


Indian Railways’s engineering and construction firm IRCON International has signed an agreement with government of Sri Lanka to upgrade it’s 100 years old 130 km-long Maho-Omanthai rail line. The railway line will be upgraded under Indian concessional financing, and this is the first instance that the track is being upgraded in 100 years.

The contract agreement of worth $91.26 million was signed in Colombo.

This agreement also includes gradation and modification of 12 crossing stations, seven halt stations and 78 level crossings. 

Presently trains on this line runs with of 40 kmph. The travel time too between Maho and Omanthai is about three hours with a maximum sanctioned speed of 60 kmph.

Up gradation of this rail line will enable the Jaffna bound trains to run at a speed of 120 kmph, providing safe, efficient and comfortable transportation to passengers in the Northern Province. It will also improve the travel comfort of passengers, and further contribute to the modernization Sri Lankan Railways.

This contract is a part of India’s commitment for development of the railway sector in Sri Lanka under Indian concessional financing.

As on date India has already upgraded around 300 km of railway track and provided modern signalling and telecommunication system for around 330 km railway line in Sri Lanka.

In June 2017, India had signed a Agreement of $318 million to develop the development of the railway sector in Sri Lanka. Under this Line of Credit, other projects that are underway include procurement of 160 passenger coaches; upgradation of signal and telecommunication system from Maho to Anuradhapura; and setting up of a Railway Workshop in Rathmalana.

Alstom to supply core train systems for first driverless metro line in Nanjing, China

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Alstom has signed a contract with Nanjing Metro to provide traction systems and the train control and monitoring system (TCMS) for 318 metro cars that will run on Nanjing Line 7, the first driverless metro line in the Chinese city. Alstom, with its global experience in unattended train operation (UTO), will also provide technical review for the system. The value of the contract is nearly €50 million.

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Alstom will provide the OptONIX traction system, which was developed specifically for the Chinese market. Alstom’s joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE), will manufacture the traction systems with support from Alstom sites in Belgium, France and India. Alstom’s joint venture in Xi’an, Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd will supply the traction motors.

Nanjing Line 7 is a key metro line in Nanjing’s metro network. 35 kilometres long with 27 stations, it connects the southwest to the northeast of the city. According to the long-term metro network development plan of Nanjing, Line 7 will have interchange stations with 11 metro lines in the future.  

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“This contract confirms Alstom’s leading role in driverless metros in China. This role stems from the performance of 28 driverless metro projects around the world, including seven in China. Compared to other metro lines, metro lines with unattended train operations can reduce required manpower by 30-70%, achieve higher frequency, increase space for passengers, and improve reliability by over 50%,” said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom in China & East Asia.

Nanjing Line 7 is the eighth driverless metro line in China including Alstom solutions. Other references include the Beijing Airport Link, Shanghai Metro Line 10, Hong Kong South Island Line (East), as well as four newly awarded lines, Shanghai metro lines 15 and 18, Chengdu Line 9 and Wuhan Line 21.    

Alstom has been present in Nanjing for 20 years as a major supplier of metros, traction systems, signalling systems and services. It has supplied 456 metro cars for Nanjing Line 1, Line 2 and their respective extensions, traction systems for the 534 metro cars of Nanjing Line 4, 10, S1 and S3, signalling systems for Ningtian Intercity Line, and traction overhaul services for Nanjing Lines 1 and 2.  

source: Alstom

Stadler wins tender for framework agreement to supply 80 TRAMLINK trams for Milan


Thanks to its TRAMLINK, Stadler has emerged as the winner of the tender for a framework agreement to deliver up to 80 trams for Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM). The initial order is for 30 vehicles.

The term of the framework agreement is six years. An objection period has now started following notification to the losing bidders that Stadler is to be awarded the contract. This objection period must expire before the award procedure can go ahead and a legally binding contract can be signed.

The Italian transport company ATM intends to sign a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of up to 80 TRAMLINK trams. The vehicles are intended for use in the network of Milan. In an initial order, Stadler is to be commissioned to supply 30 TRAMLINK trams.

The framework agreement has a term of six years. The objection period began following the award of the contract. Unsuccessful bidders can eventually decide whether to initiate a verification procedure against the decision. The framework agreement cannot be legally signed until after this deadline, at which point Stadler will provide further information about the contract.

source: Stadler

Alstom unveils its new brand identity: mobility by nature

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Alstom’s brand signature and visual brand expression are evolving to reflect the Group’s new ambition: “Be the leading global innovative player for a sustainable and smart mobility”. This new brand signature will be “mobility by nature”.

This tagline is the result of an internal poll in which more than 2,500 employees made proposals for expressing Alstom’s vision. It will replace the current signature Designing fluidity and will be supported by a complete renewal of Alstom’s visual brand expression. Both will be implemented from October 2019.

The first application of this new brand expression is a new brand film.

Through this brand signature, we wanted to emphasise two messages. First, the fact that today we are a pure player in the mobility field. Second, to reaffirm our commitment to sustainable mobility. This new signature perfectly expresses who we are, and the new visual brand identity will allow us to bring consistency and modernness in the way we express ourselves,” said Bruno Tourne, VP Communications at Alstom.

Alstom partnered with Saguez & Partners for the brand visual expression refreshment, and with Le Septième Bureau for the brand film. The music, managed by the sound agency Start-Rec, is performed by Caesaria

source: Alstom

Srinagar and Jammu to get Metro Rail Projects


Soon, Jammu Kashmir citizens will be able to enjoy metro services in Srinagar and Jammu! In order to address the developmental challenges, Srinagar and Jammu cities, the state government on recently announced setting up of two metropolitan region development authorities.

As per government officials, under the Jammu and Kashmir metropolitan region development authorities Act 2018, two umbrella authorities namely Jammu Metropolitan region development authority and Srinagar metropolitan region development authority, have been established.

As per several media reports, Srinagar and Jammu, the two capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir, will get metro trains within the next four years. The Jammu and Kashmir government announced earlier this week that the work for the light rail system metro, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to begin soon.

Take a look at salient features of the metro rail project in J&K:

1. The estimated cost of the first phase of the metro for two cities is pegged at Rs 8500 crore. J&K Governor’s administration has approved the elevated corridor option for two light rail transit systems. M/s RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) is in the process finalizing the DPRs for the project.

2. As per the metro plan, Indra Nagar and Osmanabad in Bemina to Hazuri Bagh will be connected with metro rail in the first phase of the project. This will cover a distance of 25 Km. The corridor will have 24 stations in total.

3. In Phase II, the metro train will connect Indra Nagar to Pampore Bus stand and Hazuri Bagh to Srinagar airport covering a distance of 17.5 Kms. This corridor will have 14 stations.

4. In Jammu city, the metro in the first phase will be from Bantalab to Greater Kailash and Udheywala to exhibition ground. The second phase metro train will run from Greater Kailash to Bari Brahamana railway station and Exhibition Ground to Satwari Chowk to Jammu airport. This corridor will be 20.5 Km long with 17 stations.

5. As per officials, light railway system, the first in India, will have a low footprint, low noise, greater comfort, aesthetic appeal and blend with the surrounding landscape.

source: Timesnow

UAE National Railways project to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai worth AED 4.4 billion approved

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The Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, the developer and operator of the national rail network in the UAE, has approved the tender for civil works and construction of the second phase of the UAE National Railways to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai, worth 4.4 billion dirhams.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Thiab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of Etihad Airways.

The B beam extends 216 kilometers, while the C beam extends 94 kilometers and forms part of the second phase, which extends 605 kilometers from Ghweifat to Fujairah on the east coast.

HH Sheikh Dhiaab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan witnessed the signing of the contract by the Union of Railways Company for a contract with the Gantoot Transport and General Contracting Company and the China Railways Construction Company, which was awarded the second phase B and C packages.

The agreement was signed by Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Airways Company, Wang Jensuq, Vice Chairman of China Railway Construction Company and Ali Mohammed Sadiq Al Baloushi, Chairman of Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting Company.

HH Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE National Railways, described the UAE National Railways as one of the most important economic and development projects. He pointed out in this regard his role in raising the performance of the transport and goods sector throughout the country. The means of transport on which states depend on achieving economic and social goals.

“Etihad Railways is setting new prospects for development, transport and communications and is moving forward to strengthen the transport sector in the UAE through the tremendous progress achieved in the completion of the national rail network in the country as a safe, modern and sustainable national railway network,” he said.

He added that Etihad’s strategy is to build a railway network that meets the needs and aspirations of customers. MoUs have been signed with national companies operating in different industries, which have chosen the railway network to meet their diverse needs. At lower cost, and more efficiently than traditional transport.

He explained that the launch of the B and C packages from the second phase is a continuation of the second phase of the project, which links the UAE and meets its future aspirations. It is particularly important as it links Khalifa Port in Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad) to Jebel Ali Port. Strategic ports in the country and industrial areas that extend 310 kilometers. It is the backbone of the national railway network, which is working to upgrade the transport and shipping sector in the UAE by linking ports with economic, industrial and residential areas.

He also praised the efforts of the Board members in achieving the strategy of the Union of Railways and meet their aspirations for the future, and praised His Highness for their hard work.

The work of the Phase II project is focused on the design and construction of the railway infrastructure, including drilling, bridges, tunnels, main and subsidiary stations, linking package B to package A and package C of package B of the second phase of the network, valued at 4.4 Billion dirham, which will include a double track.

On the other hand, Union Rail Company is working to connect the rest of the UAE by awarding the remaining contracts in the coming months.

It is worth noting that Union Rail has signed a contract agreement with the Alliance of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC and SK Engineering & Construction, in an effort to complete the 1,200 km long national rail network, It is an integral part of the GCC rail network.

Etihad Airways was established in June 2009 pursuant to Federal Decree No. 2 to develop and operate the UAE’s passenger and cargo rail network. A railway network will be established to link the most important residential and industrial centers in the UAE, which will form an important part of the network. The planned rail link between the GCC countries.

The first phase, which was operated and delivered in accordance with the budget and time, was successfully completed and estimated at 264 km. It is intended for transporting sulfur granules from its sources in the Shah and Habshan field to the export point at Ruwais port.

The railway network will operate according to the latest technologies adopted for operating systems, according to the highest international standards, and will extend the railway network to cover an estimated distance of 1200 kilometers, driving the wheel of economic growth and enhanced by the social sustainable development.

source: etihad Rail

Alstom bags a €42 million contract to supply traction systems for Xi’an Metro Line 5 in China


Alstom has secured contracts with total value of about €42 million in Xi’an supplying traction systems for 222 metro cars (37 trains) for Xi’an Line 5 phase one, and for 180 metro cars (30 trains) for Xi’an Line 5 phase two respectively.

Alstom will provide the OptONIX traction system for both phase one and phase two, including VVVF, CVS and motors. OptONIX was designed and developed specifically for the Chinese market. Before this, Alstom has supplied traction systems for 246 metro cars (41 trains) of Xi’an Line 3 phase one.

Xi’an Line 5 is 45km long in total with 34 stations. It is the backbone metro line connecting Xi’an city with Xixian New District.  

Winning these contracts demonstrate the high level of trust customers in Xi’an have for Alstom. We now provide traction systems gradually for over six hundred metro cars, making us one of the major traction system suppliers in the market. Xi’an has become another strategic market for Alstom in China,” said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom in China & East Asia.

Alstom’s joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE) will manufacture the traction systems. Alstom’s joint venture in Xi’an, Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd (XAYEECO) will supply traction motors for the traction system.

In 2006, Alstom invested in a joint venture with CRRC Yongji and established XAYEECO, manufacturing traction motors for urban and mainline railway networks. The joint venture is the biggest traction motor manufacturing site for Alstom outside of Europe. Since its establishment, Alstom has been introducing its world advanced traction motor manufacturing know-how to Xi’an.

source: Alstom



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