After Delhi Metro, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) is planning to lease trains from private firms for the upcoming lines. The selected company will operate and maintain the trains.
BMRCL is planning to implement this PPP concept on Phase 2 corridors like RV Road-Bommasandra, Gottigere-Nagawara, Silk Board-KR Puram and KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) besides the proposed Phase 3 corridors. While, other Phase 2 lines will not have this concept. Phase 3 will connect places like Hebbal to JP Nagar, Magadi Road Toll Gate to Kadabagere, Gottigere to Basavapura, Nagawara to Aerospace Park, Kogilu Cross to Rajanukunte and Iblur to Carmelaram.
The firm chosen through a tender will have to follow the specifications provided by the corporation. It will be paid on an hourly or per km basis. BMRCL is also planning to outsource manpower for maintenance and operations in Phase 2.
The move is expected to help BMRCL reduce the burden of upfront capital investment, save time and operate additional trains at increased frequency. It will also save maintenance costs during the 30-year life cycle of coaches.
The goal is to bring private sector efficiency in operation and maintenance of different assets, so that Metro services can be provided at economic cost while ensuring financial sustainability.
Presently, 50 trains are running on the Purple and Green Lines. Currently, BMRCL spends more than Rs 25 crore a month on maintenance of trains and stations. There’s no compromise on safety as they check signalling, braking, cleaning and electrical systems before trains run.