Mumbai: Railways want to bridge the gap before bringing in new trains


By Shashank Rao

You may have to wait a little more to travel on the brand new Bombardier rakes. The issue of the gap between the footboard of the rake and the platform seems to have delayed introducing the trains in regular services.

The development has come as a result of a series of meetings between railway officials, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) – which is the agency procuring the rakes – and Chairman of the Railway Board, Arunendra Kumar. The 72 new rakes are scheduled to be brought in as part of the R5,400-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II.

Officials claim the Railway Board has asked for another round of detailed checks of the rake specifications, in terms of its height from the tracks, width and other technical details. In fact, Kumar said, “We don’t want to repeat the mistakes (referring to the height of trains) made while procuring trains under MUTP-I.

So, we will carry out necessary changes while procuring rakes under MUTP-II and conduct trial runs as well. We are examining ways to reduce the gap between the train and platform.” The height of the Siemens make of rakes procured under MUTP-I is 1,220 mm from the top of the rail.

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