A metro revolution is underway in India, with many major cities developing their first rapid transit system or making significant additions to existing ones. Over two and a half billion people make use of India’s metro systems every year, and due to a growing need to provide urban populations with affordable, efficient, and clean transportation solutions, this number is set to climb significantly this decade.

Assystem Stup is supporting metro development projects in five major Indian cities.

Firstly, in association with Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Assystem Stup will provide detailed design consultancy services for the Indore Metro Rail project, which includes 11 km of elevated viaduct and sixteen elevated metro stations. These modern stations will be powered by solar PV systems and will be built to green building standards.

Secondly, the company will carry out comprehensive architectural and engineering design services to support URC Construction in the design and construction of eight elevated metro stations for the Purple Line of the Bhopal Metro project, forming part of a 105km master plan for the city’s mass rapid transit system.

Thirdly, Assystem Stup will be proof checking the design of underground tunnels and three underground stations for the Surat Metro project, being developed by J. Kumar Infraprojects. This 3.66km section, forming part of Line 1 Sarthana – Dream City, will significantly cut journey times between Surat Railway Station, Maskati Hospital and Chowk Bazaar, a popular market in the district.

Assystem Stup will also be assessing the detailed designs for part of an underground extension to the Kolkata Metro, involving three underground stations, namely Birati, Michael Nagar and New Barackpur. The new Metro Line 4 route, owned by Metro Railway – Kolkata, will improve interconnectivity between Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and Kolkata’s suburban districts by providing additional transport options.

Additionally, the company is supporting pre-tender activities for the Agra Metro project, which will provide a new transport option for residents and workers in the iconic city of the Taj Mahal. Furthermore, the company is gearing up to cater to burgeoning urban travel demands in cities such as Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kochi (Kerala) and Bengaluru (Karnataka).

These projects will benefit from Assystem’s expertise in digital processes, which will help to ensure they meet expectations in terms of schedule, cost, safety, and quality. For instance, the Indore metro and Bhopal metro projects will capitalise on our expertise in BIM (Building Information Modeling) wherein all the information needed for the design and construction processes will be incorporated and accessible by the project teams at any time and in any place via one single digital platform. This will lead to a reduction in loss of information and an improvement in the speed and quality of data exchange.

Ashish Tandon, Managing Director, Assystem Stup, said: “We are delighted to be playing a role in India’s metro revolution. As passionate believers in driving sustainable development in energy and transport, Assystem Stup’s experts will bring quality, credibility and modernity to these projects, and deliver the highest standards of project efficiency, quality and safety.”