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JICA approves manufacturing of Mumbai Metro rolling stock in India; MMRC to re-start bidding process for rolling stock procurement [free access]

May 12, 2017

The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), the primary funding agency of Mumbai Metro Line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), has agreed to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC) purchasing rolling stock manufactured in India. MMRC will now re-start the bidding process for procuring rolling stock for the line. As per the approval by JICA, the contractor can supply a maximum of 48 railcars manufactured in the offshore factory (outside India). The remaining 162 cars will be manufactured in India, which may include manufacturing by sub-contractors.


In April 2017, the Indian Ministry of Urban development (MoUD) announced new mandatory conditions and standardised norms to be incorporated in the procurement of rolling stock; related critical equipment and sub-systems as well as signalling systems for metro rail projects. As per the new mandatory conditions, a minimum of 75 per cent of the tendered quantity of metro cars shall be manufactured indigenously with progressive indigenisation of content, for which the contractor may either establish an independent manufacturing facility in India or partner with Indian manufacturers, if the procurement is of more than 100 cars. The norms and conditions have been incorporated to promote the “Make in India” campaign.


Line 3 will span 33.5 km from Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) to Colaba, covering 27 stations (one elevated and 26 underground). The line is being developed in three phases – SEEPZ to Bandra-Kurla Complex (Phase I), Bandra-Kurla Complex-Science Museum (Phase II), and up to Cuffe Parade (Phase III). It will have five interchanges with other metro lines. It is expected to be completed by 2021.


The project cost of INR231.36 billion is being funded by Japan International Co-operation Agency (57.2 per cent) as well as the central government, state government and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (42.8 per cent). MMRCL is a special purpose vehicle formed by the national government and state government to implement the metro project.


(1 INR [Indian Rupee] = 0.015 USD)