The Kochi metro in Kerala, India, is now open for business running Bangalore-built Alstom trains.
The system was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 17.
Each of the 25 Metropolis metro trains – which are the first to have been entirely designed in Bangalore and manufactured at Alstom’s Sri City site – carry up to 975 passengers and run at a maximum speed of 80km/h.
The trains are fitted with air conditioning, real-time passenger information systems, CCTV, fire and smoke detection system and multiple USB charging points – the first for metros in India.
Alstom’s Urbalis 400 signalling technology and its own telecom system, have been used on the metro system.
Kochi Metro Rail managing director Elias George said: “Our goal was to deliver an innovative and effective mobility solution for the people of Kochi. Alstom’s smart solutions have helped us meet that aim.
“Their end-to-end services and close attention to our needs ensured there the lead time was extremely competent and no gaps were caused by multiple-party involvement.”
Alstom India and South Asia managing director Bharat Salhotra added: “The Kochi Metro re-affirms our strong commitment and endorsement of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ vision.
“It reinforces our goal to being the preferred partner of cities, countries and operators to answer their mobility needs as a turnkey solution provider.”