Alstom Transport of France has setup a metro rail coach making facility at Sri City SEZ near Tada in Nellore district. Alstom Transport bagged a Rs.1,431-crore order for 42 train sets from Chennai Metro Rail Ltd., (CMRL). Each train set comprises of four cars, totalling 168 cars in all. A four-car train set can accommodate 1,276 passengers.
Alstom has spent about 30 million euro to build the facility on a 52 acre site in Sri City SEZ. First few metro cars for Chennai Metro would be sourced from its transport hub at Lapa in Brazil. First train set is expected to roll out of the factory in January 2014. The rail cars will be produced with an indigenisation level of around 35%. The unit presently employs 100 people and Alstom plans to double that number very soon.