Date of Post: 20 Oct, 2018
For the first time, Indian Railways will manufacture metro coaches at its Raebareli based factory under the ‘Make In India’ scheme, an official said. The coaches will be manufactured by robots and will be on par with those being manufactured by Canadian firm Bombardier, currently being used by metro trains in the country.
- The coaches will be 40% cheaper than those procured from China and other countries.
- The coaches will be equipped with wi-fi, CCTV cameras, mobile charging outlets etc.
- In addition, they will also boast of safety features including signalling, door control and train management systems along with modern surveillance gadgets on board.
- Rajesh Agarwal, member (rolling stock) at Railway Board, said,”We already have had two meetings with the government on producing metro coaches. The Maharashtra government has given it’s approval for coaches for two metro trains.”
- He said,”We are making a total of six metro coaches as of now,”
- The cost of each coach would be Rs 8 crore, while those procured from China or other countries cost around Rs 12 crores, he further added.
- The official said that the board has decided to go for standardised coaches and has asked the RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Organisation) and the Modern Coach Factory (MCF) to invest in making it a reality.
- The expansion of the MCF at a cost of Rs 480 crore will be completed by December 2018, Agarwal said.
- The expansion includes recruitment of experts and technicians on a large scale.
- He said,”It will also be the first factory in the country where coaches will be produced by robots.”
Narinder Sharma is a part of the content team of Rail Analysis India as a writer and marketing executive.
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