Hitachi Energy automates electrical distribution of Metro Railway, Kolkata’s new line


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Hitachi Energy automates electrical distribution of Metro Railway, Kolkata’s new line

India’s Oldest Metro Operator Chooses Hitachi Energy Technology To Cut Costs And Travel Time And Promote Sustainability

Calcutta, December 8e 2021: India’s first metro operator, Metro Railway, Kolkata, has launched services to expand the north-south metro from Noapara town to Dakshineswar. The 4.1 km extension inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will provide fast, easy, pollution-free and traffic-free travel for thousands of commuters in the city and its adjacent areas.

The opening of the new line has reduced the journey time between Dakshineswar and Kavi Subhash by up to 90 minutes. The extension not only reduces time and expense, but will have a positive impact on the environment by allowing a reduction in the number of vehicles on the roads and an improvement in traffic conditions in the “City of Joy”.

Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), an organization under the Government of India’s Ministry of Railways, which undertakes major projects on behalf of Metro Railway, has selected the advanced energy control and automation solution from Hitachi Energy, MicroSCADA X, to control power distribution, traction substations and auxiliary substations.

MSK Srivastav, Executive Director – Electricity, RVNL said: “Hitachi Energy’s advanced technology for SCADA systems with remote terminal units provided in this project facilitates the control functions for the smooth operation of trains in the Kolkata metro. “

According to Metro Railway, Kolkata, around 18 million commuters from Howrah, Hooghly and North 24 Parganas will be served by this extension each year. The new line is expected to benefit students, academics and other visitors to the educational campuses located near Baranagar station and the thousands of tourists and devotees visiting the famous Kali temples in Kalighat and Dakshineswar.

“As the partner of choice for many metro projects across India, Hitachi Energy continues to provide the essential components that keep the vital transportation sector in motion,” said Ahmad Khan, Senior Vice President and Head of Hub Business Unit, Grid Automation at Hitachi Energy. He added: “We are proud of our contribution to improving the sustainability quotient of a city like Kolkata.

MicroSCADA X will be deployed at Metro Kolkata’s Operations Control Center (OCC) and Backup Control Center (BCC) to automate the power flow. It is a future-proof solution with a modern user interface and innovative ease-of-use features including web and mobile access. This is an easily scalable system and will provide Metro Railway with very broad and intuitive functionality with advanced cybersecurity guarantees in accordance with the latest global standards.

Hitachi Energy India supplied remote terminal units and a SCADA system for Baranagar Traction Substation (TSS) and Dakshineswar TSS. This included the design, supply, assembly, testing and commissioning of the SCADA system for 33 kV power distribution, traction substations and auxiliary substations combined with a traction system on third 750 V DC rail for the Joka-Majerhat and Airport-New Garia corridors.

Hitachi Energy’s latest deployment will help keep electricity flowing for Metro Railway, Kolkata, further strengthening the organization’s position as a pioneer of rapid urban transport in India.


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