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Schindler to supply key infrastructure projects in India

India is investing substantial sums in infrastructure to promote economic growth, and Swiss elevator and escalator maker Schindler has been chosen as mobility provider for three major projects, including the metros of Mumbai and Delhi as well as a new terminal for Chennai (formerly Madras) airport. The contracts were concluded in the first half of 2009 and installation of elevators and escalators is due to start later this year.

With the Mumbai metro rail project, the world's third-largest city is to get its own mass transit system. The first line to be installed from west to east (Versova to Ghatkopar) is expected to cut the journey time across the city from 90 minutes at present (by road) to just 21 minutes. With trains at 3.5-minute intervals, the line will be able to transport about 600,000 people per day.

Schindler is supplying 97 escalators for the new line's 12 stations, which will all be elevated above ground to facilitate connections to buses, cars and other forms of transport. The first Schindler installations will be installed in November 2009. The line, scheduled for completion in 2011, is the first of several planned for the new metro system, which will complement Mumbai's suburban rail system and network of buses. Currently, 11 million people use Mumbai's public transport services daily.

Schindler is also supplying 53 escalators for the Delhi Airport Metro Express Line (DAMEL), the latest extension to the capital's expanding metro system. The new 23km line, scheduled for completion in October 2010, will create a rail link to Indira Gandhi International airport. Three metro stations out of the six along the new line will have baggage check-in facilities for airline passengers. Schindler's installations are due to start being installed from December 2009.

A third infrastructure project secured by Schindler is a new terminal for Chennai airport, the country's third busiest after Mumbai and Delhi. The expansion project will boost passenger capacity from 10 million at present to 30 million annually by completion in January 2011. Schindler is to supply 41 elevators and 12 escalators for a new 140, 000 square-meter terminal building, with installation scheduled to start in June 2010.

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