The Chennai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the South Indian city of Chennai since 2015, consisting of two lines covering a length of 45.1 kilometres. Alstom was awarded the contract to supply 48 train sets to Chennai Metro at a cost of US$220 million. Each train set comprises four coaches, with one first class compartment and a women’s section, and accommodates 319 passengers.
Between 2013 and 2016 BFG supplied a total of 480 FRP panels for the train interiors which included side walls, central ceilings, lateral ceilings, gangway partitions, and cab partitions. BFG engineers addressed the challenges of integrating FRP parts with metal parts by proposing bespoke jigs and fixtures. The hand laminated, gel coated panels were produced at BFG’s India facility and complied with NF F 16-101 safety standards.