Metro Rail’s model coach trundles into city

The first model coach of Chennai Metro Rail that was manufactured in Brazil has arrived in the city. Soon, it will be taken to Sri City, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located near Tada in Andhra Pradesh, about 60 km north of Chennai. Manufacturer of the coach, transport infrastructure major Alstom, has a facility there. The model coach, or ‘mock-up’ as it is known in design portlance, is currently at the Chennai Port according to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).  Each coach costs CMRL    9 crore. Chennai Metro Rail is expected to operate 42 trains in all, with four coaches each. The trains will have a total capacity of 1,276 persons. The seats will be by the windows on either side of the coach, with room for passengers to stand in between. In addition to this, space will be ear-marked for wheelchair-users officials said. Chennai Metro Rail is coming up at an estimated cost   14,600 crore.

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