Wabtec Lands Brake System Order from AlstomWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Alstom Transport India Ltd. has selected Wabtec brake systems for the 22 new three-car trains it is building to support Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited and Pune Metro Rail Development Authority for the Metro Line 3 project.
The 14.3-mile (23.3-kilometer), 23-station elevated line will connect the IT hub of Hinjewadi to the central district of Shivajinagar. It is expected to be operational by April 2025. This line was the first project in India developed as a public-private partnership (PPP) under the government’s New Metro Policy, which was announced in 2017. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pune Metro in early 2022, with commercial operation commencing on two lines.
Wabtec on March 23 reported that it supplies similar brake systems for other Indian metro projects in Chennai, Kochi, Lucknow and Mumbai. The systems are said to offer “critical safety features, high reliability and reduced maintenance intervals.”
The order for Alstom “reinforces Wabtec’s continuous commitment to deliver high performance and safety critical products for the metro rolling stock segment in India,” said Preetam Ganguly, Sales and Marketing Director for Wabtec Transit, India. “This braking system also has a substantial ‘Make in India’ content and is primarily designed by our in-country engineering team.”
Wabtec’s Transit business in India is primarily based out of Hosur, Tamil Nadu. It develops and builds major subsystems for the transit industry, including brake systems, pantographs, couplers, air-conditioning systems and passenger-access doors. The company’s engineers in Bangalore provide technical and service support.