The arrival of the high-speed train for Mumbai’s suburban system has been delayed. The train remains stuck at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, where it was manufactured, owing to the law and order problem in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
The train was officially flagged off in Chennai on October 1 and slated to arrive in Mumbai by October 3, but was initially held up because it lacked a speed certificate. A senior officer from ICF said, "We completed the train and had a flagging off ceremony on October 1. Everyone thought the train would leave the yard and reach Mumbai in two to three days, but it first had to get speed certificates from Research Design and Standards Organisation, Lucknow. There was a delay in getting this, and nowthereisthelaw-and-orderprobleminAndhra Pradesh, where we fear that the train will be targeted by agitators. Besides, there is a power shortage. If the situation improves, we will dispatch it by the weekend."
Another ICF officer said, "The main problem is the law and order situation in Andhra. We have alerted the local Railway Protection Force to escort the train and ensure there is no damage to property."
MRVCchiefRakeshSaksenasaid,``Wehave allthecertificatesinplacenow.Wearedelaying the exit of the train from the yard due to the trouble in Andhra Pradesh. We expect the train to arrive by October 15."
The wholly AC-powered EMU rake, which scores higher than conventional coaches on energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, is also thefirsteverEMUrakewithastainlesssteelshell body in the Indian Railways. A unique feature of the new rakes is that they can convert kinetic energy generated during braking into electrical energy, which is then directed back to its own energy grid. They have also been designed for better passenger comfort, with features such as roof-mounted ventilation and sliding doors.
ICF,whichhasacontracttomanufacture72 such trains for Mumbai’s suburban network, will roll out another rake by the end of October. Each rake costs Rs 35 crore. They will be tested for three to four months before ICF start s production on the remaining 70, which will be rolled out at the state of four a month
Source..times of india