Scomi Group Builds First Car for Mumbai Monorail Project

Scomi Group, a provider of urban transit systems focusing on India, Brazil, China, the Gulf States and Brazil, on Jan. 5 announced the completion of the first monorail car for the Mumbai Monorail project. The car left its manufacturing facility in Malaysia on Jan. 2 en route to Mumbai, India.

"The first Monorail car will play a pivotal role in the preliminary systems interface testing, which is critical in ensuring that the Monorail system runs smoothly," said Suhaimi Yaacob, country president of Scomi India. "The timely delivery of the first car is a reflection of the capabilities, commitment and reliability of Scomi in meeting our key milestones exactly as planned to meet the client requirements. The considerable efforts made by Scomi and our entire international team in Malaysia and India have made this possible in record time."

Scomi Engineering Bhd (Scomi Engineering) and its consortium partner, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), secured the US$545.02 million / RM1.846 billion Mumbai Monorail Project in November 2008. Scomi Engineering and L&T have been given 30 months to complete the project. For this contract, Scomi will deliver a total of 60 cars to make up 15 4-car train sets.

All the monorail cars are being manufactured at Scomi's Engineering, Technology and Innovation Centre (ETIC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company said the center can house a 12-station monorail and a 16-station electrical multiple unit (EMU) rail car assembly line that is capable of producing a car body every 5 to 7 days in a single shift. It also has a 1-km monorail test track for conducting full-range dynamic and endurance testing.