These new trains are the most advanced state-of-the-art green vehicles, designed for a safe speed of 90 kmph and operational speed of 80 kmph.

(L-R) Mr. Rajendran AR, Chief GM RS-CMRL, Mr. Rajesh Chaturvedi, Director Systems & Operations, CMRL, Mr. MA Siddique, IAS, MD CMRL and Mr. Anil Saini, MD RSC, Alstom India

Alstom commenced the production of its world-class Metropolis trainsets for the Chennai Metro Phase II from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sricity. This order aims to deliver 36 metro trainsets, each comprising of three cars, and capable of operating at a top speed of 80 kmph. These trains are designed to run on the 26 km corridor, a segment of Phase-II linking Poonamallee Bypass to Light House via 28 stations (18 elevated and 10 underground). The production was commenced at a commemorative ceremony led by leaders from Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. and Alstom India.

The project is valued at 124 million euros, which also includes training of the personnel to Chennai Metro for operation and maintenance. With 25 KV power supply for optimal energy efficiency, Alstom's Metropolis metros will ensure safe and reliable passenger transport for over 11 million citizens of the city. Additionally, the overall project will significantly contribute towards the socio-economic development by connecting key zones.

Rolling Stock Highlights of the trains for Chennai Metro Phase II
The metro system boasts impressive features, including three-car trains accommodating up to 1000 passengers, ensuring a seamless boarding experience with wide internal gangways. The air-conditioned environment prioritizes comfort, with dedicated spaces for women and differently-abled individuals. Dedicated to creating a women-friendly travel experience, the new metro introduces special features catering to the comfort and safety of female passengers. One entire car reserved 2/3rd of its space as a designated ladies' section.

Recognizing the importance of accessibility, distinct colours mark grab handles within this area, and their installation at a lower height ensures easy access. Perch seats will offer support for standing passengers, complemented by enhanced security through CCTV cameras. Safety remains paramount with emergency evacuation doors and strategically placed fire extinguishers. The system is equipped with obstacle and detrainment detectors for swift issue resolution, and it emphasizes sustainability with regenerative electric braking for enhanced energy efficiency. These driverless trains are equipped with advanced passenger announcement systems, ensuring timely updates and information dissemination throughout the journey. The new metro is set to redefine urban transportation with a focus on comfort, safety, and environmental responsibility.

Design highlights of the trains for Chennai Metro Phase II
Inspired by the graceful ‘Mudras’ of the Indian classical dance form, Bharatnatyam, the exterior front mask forms a unique and culturally rich design. The saloon draught screen (the glass support against every corner seat in the metro) pattern pays homage to Tamil Nadu's traditional decorative art form, known as ‘Kolam’. These trains will be the first in India to introduce Perch seats, enhancing passenger experience and comfort. The colour palette is based on the region's landscape, architecture, state heritage, vibrant communities, rich traditions, diverse art, and cultural expressions.

These metro train sets are engineered and designed to operate driverless with Unattended Train Operations (UTO). The metro coaches are equipped with Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP), along with a regenerative braking system, ensuring substantial energy conservation. Featuring GOA 4 driverless features, these trains will offer an environmentally friendly and comfortable metro solution for passengers of Chennai.


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