NVS Reddy, Hyderabad Metro Rail managing director, visits Thales’ urban rail signalling centre of competence in Toronto
We were honoured to host Mr. Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail at Thales' Urban Rail Solutions centre of excellence in Toronto on April 18, 2017. He met the Project team and executive management; he was presented TCTS activities and project update, and he toured the simulation laboratories.
Hyderabad Metro Rail is the first project in India to have deployed the most advanced CBTC System, with Thales’ SelTrac™ technology. It has a total of 66 stations, with three interchanging stations. Introducing the CBTC technology to the Indian Market was a major challenge as it was a first time experience for local regulating bodies and consultants who have had several years of experience in traditional fixed block signalling solutions. Thales met all regulatory requirements and successfully ran the first run of a train in automatic mode on Indian soil in January 2015. Upon completion, Hyderabad Metro Rail will carry more than 60,000 passengers per hour in each direction. Thales’ demonstration of CBTC technology at HMRL has given confidence to other metros and now the specification is used as a benchmark in some of the projects recently tendered.
“We are happy to have chosen Thales’ state-of-the-art CBTC technology for the Hyderabad Metro. It allows for shorter headways, higher frequency and safety, which will ultimately benefit the people by transforming Hyderabad into a people-friendly green city” said Mr. Reddy.
On April 19, 2017, Mr. Reddy, accompanied by Thales’ Hyderabad metro project manager, met with Toronto Public Transportation authorities at the Toronto Transit Commission offices, where he made a presentation on Hyderabad Metro, as a policy maker and supervising body of the project from the Indian government, and discussed current trends in Transport Solutions.
Top Picture: From L to R: Jean-Marc Barrovecchio, VP Bids and Projects; NVS Reddy, Managing Director for Hyderabad Metro Rail; Patrice Imbert, COO of TCTS and VP of URS; Rama Annamneedi Project Manager Hyderabad Metro Rail.