Delhi Metro has awarded Johnson Lifts a contract to lease and maintain elevators and escalators in three priority corridors as part of its ongoing Phase 4 expansion. It is also the first financial model of its kind in the industry to be launched in India to finance public infrastructure projects based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. In the PPP, Johnson Lifts Chennai will initially bear the full cost of the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the elevators and escalators, and will maintain them for a period of 15 years. These elevators are fully localized, and escalators are localized to a level of 65% for the first time. At present, all heavy duty escalators have been imported, which will further promote the development of “Made in India”.
This leasing model will also improve the quality, efficiency and capacity of the elevators and escalators in operation in Phase 4. Not only that, but for the first time in India, the metro system will be equipped with huge elevators that can carry about 20 passengers at a time, as the DMRC had only elevators for 8 to 13 passengers in previous phases. The priority corridors for Phase 4 are – Janakpuri West – RK Ashram Marg, Majlis Park – Maujpur and Tughalakabad – Aerocity for which the DMRC has awarded contracts to procure approximately 179 elevators and 323 escalators for these corridors, which have a total length of 65 km, 45 stations are in operation.
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