The minimum bidder for the contract to design and improve the Signaling Program Challenge Part II of Chennai Metro Rail Company Limited is Hitachi Railway Signaling and Transport System India Pvt. Ltd.
Hitachi was the lowest bidder when cash bids were opened a number of days in the past, according to the authorities of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). One different company, Nippon Sign, made an offer.
According to The Hindu , Hitachi has submitted a quotation for a challenge of approximately Rs 1,600 crore. Before the contract is legally awarded, there are some procedures and evaluations to be done. It must be approved by the Challenge Management Committee first, and only then can the contract be released.
The design, manufacture, provision, preparation, testing and operation of the Signal and Practice Management System, as well as the Video Management System, are all included in the scope of this Contract.
In the second part, Chennai Metro Rail Limited plans to operate driverless trains, which is a reliable signaling system that the authorities have stated is necessary as a result of it regulating many features, along with flyers at stations, trains and various important components practice operations. Trials could begin as a result of the primary hyperlink between Poonamallee and Energy Home and is expected to open at the end of 2025 or early 2026, according to CMRL officers.
The second part of the challenge will use a unique signaling mechanism from the first part, the first part used the mileage signaling system, the second part uses the communication-based practice management signaling system, which officers declare is better and more correct.
For this reason, Part 1 Challenge trains will not work in Part 2.
Passengers must disembark, walk a short distance, and then board training wherever there are interchange stations, equivalent to Alandur, Thirumangalam, CMBT, or KMC.
The second part of the Metro has been intentionally expanded with a community size of 118.9 km with 128 stations. It consists of three lanes, specifically Hall-3 – from Madhavaram to Sepkot (45.8 km), Hall – 4 – from the lighthouse to Poonmal Bay Pass (26.1 km), Hall – 5 – from Madhavaram at Chulinganallur (47 km).
The estimated price of the challenge is Rs 63,246 crore. Development is expected to be achieved by the end of 2026.