We move cities — Delhi


India’s capital Delhi is the centre of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Region (NCR), one of the fastest-growing and biggest metropolitan regions in the world with a current population of 18 million. Despite a very high proportion of non-motorised road users travelling by rickshaw and bicycle, the NCR is suffering from the consequences of growing motorised transport. Traffic jams and severe pollution such as noise, particulates and CO2 emissions are impacting the health of Delhi’s inhabitants.

For decades, buses were the only available means of public mass transit. With its gradually expanding route network, the Delhi Metro has offered modern, comfortable, safe and healthy mobility in the capital since the start of this millennium. “All our Metro trains have proved to be very efficient, comfortable and reliable. The comfort of travel is one of the main reasons for the popularity of the Delhi Metro,” says Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Delhi Metro. “The Delhi Metro today is the mass transportation backbone of the entire NCR region. We are carrying close to three million people every day and the numbers will further increase in the coming years.” The underground system mastered its first major international test in 2010, the year in which the Indian capital hosted the Commonwealth Games.

, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
The sun sets behind the President Residence , Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

4 million
passengers a day
are expected to use the Delhi Metro by 2018 following the completion of another stage on the network. At the present time, the figure is around 3 million customers a day.

420 million<br />
working hours were lost every month as people were stuck in the daily traffic jams on the streets of Delhi.
Prior to the launch of the Delhi Metro 420 million<br /> working hours were lost every month as people were stuck in the daily traffic jams on the streets of Delhi.

Since the earliest days of the Delhi Metro, Bombardier Transportation has delivered hundreds of cars of its MOVIA platform, including the latest generation. And the advanced signalling system has fulfilled the requirements for a safe, highly efficient and energy-saving operation from the very beginning. In addition, the Delhi Metro is remarkably climate-neutral, emphasises Delhi Metro’s Dayal: “Use of green technology has been one of the benchmarks of our overall functioning. All our trains are absolutely non-polluting. Our new stations are also being constructed as green buildings. Solar energy is something we are focusing a lot on. Currently Delhi Metro is producing 17 MWp of solar energy through solar plants at its premises. It plans to produce 50 MWp of solar power by the year 2021.”

its many narrows roads still suffers from traffic jams – even early in the morning.
Old Delhi with its many narrows roads still suffers from traffic jams – even early in the morning.

cities in India will have more than two million inhabitants
by 2050 and will need modern, climate-neutral rail transport systems to safeguard regional mobility, according to the Indian government. Experts anticipate that 5,000 additional metro vehicles will be purchased for the existing systems in next five years alone.

owns more than 200 train sets, making it one of the largest BOMBARDIER MOVIA fleets in the world.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation owns more than 200 train sets, making it one of the largest BOMBARDIER MOVIA fleets in the world.

776 vehicles from Bombardier Transportation will be operated by the Delhi Metro by early next year. Another 162 cars are getting added to the existing fleet of 614.

In a study dated 2014, on completion of the two first construction stages, the Delhi Metro ascertained that the NCR already reaped cost savings of around 1.3 million euro: there were fewer road accidents, as well as lower environmental and energy costs. Plus time savings for all Metro passengers: on average, the reliable trains enable them to reach their destination around 30 minutes sooner than before.

Delhi Metro station
Passengers in a Delhi Metro station

Bombardier continues to play a key role in the ongoing expansion of the Delhi Metro network. The Indian production facilities deliver high quality products and are increasingly being utilised for exporting products and solutions across the entire Asia/Pacific region.

450 cars will be shipped from India to Queensland, Australia, in the next two years – the first major rolling stock export order for Bombardier Transportation’s manufacturing site in India.

  • Bombardier Transportation is well established in India and is one of the few rail companies which has already demonstrated the Make in India promise of the Indian government by delivering rail products and solutions for the Indian market and exports.


  • Bombardier Transportation employs a workforce of around 2,200 in India.


  • Bombardier operates a railway vehicle manufacturing site and bogie assembly hall in Savli near Vadodara, Gujarat. This is in addition to a propulsion systems manufacturing facility at Maneja and Train Control and Management System (TCMS) centre in Vadodara; a Rail Control Solutions Centre for project delivery and product engineering and an Information Services India hub near Gurugram, Delhi NCR; along with an Engineering Centre for product platforms, design, bogie, carbody and vehicles in Hyderabad.


Environment-friendly mobility

Delhi Metro Manager Anuj Dayal: “The greatest benefit of the Delhi Metro is that it carries a large number of people to their chosen destinations in quick time without polluting the environment or further crowding the roads. For a crowded and congested city like Delhi, these are very important qualities.”

Ample space for traffic peaks

Up to 2960 passengers in one train: that is the capacity of the eight-car metros in the new MOVIA series. They are deployed by the Delhi Metro on two especially popular lines carrying up to 1.5 million people a day which manages 50% of Delhi Metro’s current 200km network.

Carbon credits from the UN

The Delhi Metro is the first underground railway in the world to be granted UN carbon credits worth millions – for environment-friendly mobility using the energy-efficient and emission-free MOVIA trains, the resulting significant decrease in car traffic, together with a reduction in climate-damaging emissions.