Chinese bullet train maker sells coaches to Delhi Metro


By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has bought 21 coaches from the leading bullet train maker in China.

1aThe company had sold 15 coaches to DMRC in 2010.

CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive is a subsidiary of a major Chinese train manufacturer, CSR Corporation.

Chinese state media quoted a statement from the company as saying that the trains would be more energy efficient and thus be an industry model because India is affected by power shortages.

CSR is China’s leading bullet train maker, and CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive manufactures European-standard Metro trains, the statement added.

China’s railway sector has rapidly developed in the last three decades.

During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Beijing visit last week, India had sought China’s help in developing infrastructure in the sector.

While railways in India carry more people, the railway sector in China is ahead in carrying freight.

“We are seeking their expertise to find out if trains can run up to 200km a hour on existing tracks and if heavier loads can be moved on existing tracks,” Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairperson of the Planning Commission, had said in a briefing on Singh’s visit last week. More info