French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom on Wednesday said that Mumbai Metro trains are built like suburban trains after the company commenced manufacturing train sets at its factory in Sri City, near Chennai for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18's Jude Sannith, Alain Spohr, managing director, said, "The metro of Mumbai is a very prestigious and a very challenging project. It is probably one of the biggest and most prestigious metro jobs which is currently going on in the world."
According to Spohr, Mumbai Metro trains are bigger than those in other cities, "It is 3.2 meters wide. It is an eight-car configuration which is for the first time in India. So each train will have eight-car. It is very powerfully powered with 75 percent propulsion."
Speaking about the quality of passenger experience, he said, “One of the things which we have insisted when we designed to train for Mumbai Metro, is to focus on the quality of the passenger experience as this train will be a very prestigious train for India also. It will be used by various demanding passengers, probably more than in some other places. So, we have invested very heavily in passenger experience."