Date of Post: 28 Nov, 2018
The Indian Railways is set to induct 4,016 LHB (Linke-Hofmann Busch) coaches with anti-collision technology, instead of the current Integral Coach Factory (ICF) coaches during the current fiscal, according to official data. The figure is around 84% higher than the 2,480 coaches the railways had produced in 2017-18.
- In 2017-18, the ICF in Chennai, the Rail Coach Factory in Punjab and the Modern Coach Factory in Uttar Pradesh – the rail coach manufacturing units of the Indian Railways – had together produced 2,480 LHB coaches and the number was 1,469 in 2016-17.
- The new generation LHB coaches are slightly longer than the conventional ICF-designed coaches.
- The LHB coaches are superior in quality and provide a better ride comfort.
- The LHB coaches have more safety features and lesser corrosion and maintenance requirements as compared to the ICF-designed coaches.
- A senior Railway Ministry official said,”We have really ramped up the production of such coaches. From producing 560 LHB coaches in the three units in 2012-2013, we have raised it to 2,480 in 2017-18. This fiscal, we are hopeful that the ICF alone will make 3,000 such coaches.”
- According to official data, during the initial days of the LHB coaches, between 2004 and 2014, 2,319 such coaches were made, while the number increased to 5,503 between 2014 and 2017.
- This year, when the units have completely switched to LHB coaches, till October they have manufactured 2,323 such coaches.
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