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Bombardier to make coaches for metro rail

Vadodara, June 7: Bombardier Transportation plans to cater to the requirements of metro railways across Asia.
The $20billion Canadian giant, which has set up a plant to make coaches for metros at Savli industrial zone, also plans to introduce Traxx electric locomotives for Indian Railways’ dedicated freight corridor projects. The company has already sold around 1,300 Traxx locomotives around the world.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi offered the company land along the coastline and other support services to build another unit primarily for exports.
Modi was speaking at the function to mark the delivery of a first batch of Bombardier coaches to the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) at the factory premises on Friday.
Bombardier has made a foreign direct investment of 33 million euro, or Rs 200 crore, to build the plant, which is a replica of its unit at Gorlitz in Germany.
It took just 24 months from the date of land allotment to deliver the first set of cars to its maiden customer.
The company has already obtained orders for 424 Movia metro cars from the DMRC. Bombardier is also looking forward to cater to other metro railways that will soon be introduced in the big cities by the urban development ministry.
According to E. Sreedharan, managing director of the DMRC, plans are afoot to introduce metro rail services in Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi, Pune and Ludhiana.
The DMRC being the first venture of the urban development ministry would be associated with all these projects.

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