Engineering and consulting group SYSTRA has been appointed on behalf of its client Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRCL) to implement the Surat Metro Rail Project Phase 1 in India.

Expected to last for 42 months, the project secured funding from German development bank KfW and French Development Agency (AFD).

Systra serves as the lead partner of the joint venture with Aecom Asia Company and Egis Rail.

The firm’s teams in India will be responsible for the review of the detailed project report (DPR), design review, system integration, besides procurement assistance for civil and system works.

It will also be responsible for construction, supervision of civil and system works, project management, safety and quality check, and testing and commissioning.

Currently, Systra is working for Ahmedabad Metro Phase I as part of a general engineering consultancy (GEC) contract for GMRCL that was inaugurated in March 2019.

This project, which began in 2015, is scheduled to finish in 2022.

The Phase I of the Surat Metro Rail Project features two corridors with a total length of 40.35km as well as 38 stations.

The corridor 1 will feature six underground and 14 elevated stations, and span from Sarthana to Dream City. The second corridor will span from Bhesan to Saroli and feature 18 elevated stations.

Operating at a design speed of 90km/h and maximum operating speed of 80km/h, the metro will have three 2.90m wide coach units.

Furthermore, the project will feature continuous automatic train control system (CATC) along with cab signalling and automatic train operation (ATO), automatic fare collection (AFC) system with smart cards and platform screen doors.

Automatic train supervision (ATS) sub-systems will be deployed for radio communication between track side and train.

Systra India managing director Hari Somalraju said: “We are delighted to have won another major contract with GMRCL for Surat Metro and I am confident that our teams will carry out this latest assignment to the same standards of technical excellence and collaboration that have characterised all our other projects for our clients.”

—————————————————————————————————————–The Phase I of the Surat Metro Rail Project features two corridors. Credit: analogicus from Pixabay