In a massive infrastructure boost to Gujarat, the Indian mass-transit operator Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company has awarded an order of approximately Rs 579 crore (Euro 76.04 million) to the consortium of Siemens India and Siemens AG, Germany, for electrification of the 39.2-km Metro Express Link in Ahmedabad. The line, currently under construction, will run in Ahmedabad city in two corridors – East-West corridor and North-South Corridor.
Siemens will be responsible for the complete electrification of the new double-track Metro line. In addition, Siemens will also provide a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system for monitoring and controlling the traction power. “We, at Siemens, are happy to be an integral part of the development in Gujarat’s public transportation system through this landmark metro line. The metro will play a pivotal role in enhancing quality of life and economic growth of the city and the region. Mobility is an area of expertise for us, and Siemens will continue to partner with the government to help improve connectivity and public infrastructure,” says Tilak Raj Seth, Executive Vice President, and CEO, Mobility Division, Siemens. He adds, “With addition of this project, Siemens is executing electrification projects for six metro cities in India, the other five being, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Nagpur and Greater Noida, matching the pace of urbanisation in India.”
The metro rail system has proven to be most efficient mode of transportation in terms of energy consumption, space occupancy and number of people transported. Gujarat is well on its way to create a world-class mass rapid transit system which will be an integral part of community infrastructure development in the city.