Bangalore Metro to get new train control system


Crowd at Kempegowda MetroStation

Bangalore, 27-09-2017: BMRCL has invited bids from several other foreign companies to invest in this project. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), will get a new signalling system, that’s the Communication Based Train Control System or the CBTS. “We will get the new system hopefully by next three to four years,” said Mr. A.S Shankar, Chief Engineer of the Train and signalling system of BMRCL. Delhi and Hyderabad are the only cities to use this signalling system so far.

 Mr Shankar also told The Softcopy, “Currently, phase 2 lines are being constructed, have invited bids on August 31, 2017, globally from various MNCs to invest in this project. Alstom, a French multinational company which works globally in markets of rail and networks of other transports, is in partnership with Namma Metro since its first construction of signalling in phase1 project from 2011. They are also associated with the signalling systems of Kochi and Lucknow Metro. “This system will not only increase the frequency of trains but will also reduce the amount of rush in stations,” said Mr U P Vasanth Rao, Chief Public relation Officer of BMRCl.

CBTC is a kind of signalling system which uses telecommunications between the train and the track for controlling the traffic and proper gap among the trains. The accurate position of the train and the track will be known to the controllers at the train control system of the stations.
Mr Shankar said that the Gottigere and Nagavara lines are now their priority. “For any metro project to complete, at least three to four years are minimum, so hopefully we will complete it by these years”.

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