The Indian Railways would spend an amount of Rs 20,000 crore towards augmenting rolling stock during 2019-20. Mr Rajesh Agrawal, member of Railway Board (rolling stock) said that the railways had done strategic planning for the financial outlay and there would be no problem for funds.
Agrawal also said,”The annual rolling stock production volume is around 6000 to 8000 coaches per year.”
“However, we need to prioritise the requirements of the various railway zones and try to meet their demands,” he said.
The demands of Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and Kolkata Metro will be on prioritise and new technologies will be introduced, he said.
Regarding Kolkata Metro, he said there was an urgent need to replace the 100-odd coaches with new ones immediately.
He informed “Some new coaches have come and waiting for CRS (Commission of Railway Safety) permission. Hopefully, trials will start very shortly.”
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