Date Of Post: 25 Jan, 2019
New Delhi: Indian Railways’ ambitious ‘Train 18’ has got clearance from the EIG (Electrical Inspector to the Government), after 3 days of inspection, sources in the ministry said on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the train in a week, the sources added.
- The much-awaited train had been in limbo for over a month after it finished its trials and was given conditional clearance by the CCRS (Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety).
- The train was sent for EIG inspection on Monday after the Railway Board gave its approval despite objections from its rolling stock department, which designed and manufactured the state-of-the-art train.
- The Rolling Stock department had argued that there was no legal or administrative precedent to send the train for EIG inspection, as it already had received certification from RDSO (Research Design and Standards Organisation).
- The report of the inspection will be sent to the board after which a decision will be taken on when to officially launch the train, the source said.
- The 16-coach train, built at a cost of Rs 97 crore, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express.
- It is also the first locomotive-less train in the country.
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