Metro Rail projects take Atmanirbhar route, share of local components increased

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NEW DELHI: The government has increased the minimum local content (MLC) for Metro Rail components in its bid to give more advantage to players in all future projects. While earlier the MLC for rolling stock (

trains

) was 50%, now it has been increased to 60%.
Similarly, the MLC for signalling has been increased from 40% to 50%. In an earlier circular issued in July 2018, the housing and urban affairs ministry had set the 2023 timeline for kicking in of the 50% MLC norm for signalling works.
The ministry on October 14 also informed all the 20 Metro Rail corporations though its fresh circular that the MLC for elevated civil works will now be 90% compared to the earlier norm of 80%. However, for underground works the earlier norm of 80% MLC remains unchanged. According to the circular, the MLC component has also been increased to 60% for mechanical and electrical works.
“All these changes will benefit our domestic industry, which is the main focus of

Atmanirbhar Bharat

initiative. The Metro Rail entities are also working on technologies and products to make their own. Our focus is to reduce our dependence on import and foreign players,” said an official.
Recently, the

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

unveiled a prototype version of i-ATS, an indigenous automatic train supervision system being developed under a programme to produce ‘Make in India’ communication-based train control technology. The urban affairs ministry has urged all Metro Rail Corporations to come out with one indigenous product to replace any imported product or technology.

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