Vande Bharat Express: Indian Railways spells out manufacturing plan
The Railways said the train sets will now be manufactured by not one but three railway units and will be on the rail network within the next three years.
July 29, 2020 / 02:04 PM IST
Assuaging concerns over the delay in the rollout of the 44 Vande Bharat trains, the Railways has said the trains will be simultaneously manufactured in three rail units — Railway Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareilly and Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.
"A decision was taken some months back that the three manufacturing units of the Railways will manufacture these trains, thereby reducing the time taken to roll them out by one-third. The 44 trains will start running in the next two to three years. Once the tender is finalised, a definite timeline will be made available," Railway Board Chairman Yadav said.
ICF, which manufactured the first two Vande Bharat trains, had earlier informed the Railway Board that it would take 28 months to introduce the prototype rakes into commercial service and an additional six months to start the series production, and subsequently 78 months to complete the manufacture of 44 trains.
Yadav, however, said these were internal exchanges within the Railways and since the three units are going to manufacture the rakes, the rollout would be faster.
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The production of the Vande Bharat train sets or Train 18 has been mired in controversy even as the first one was rolled out by ICF in record 18 months. It was built at a cost of approximately Rs 100 crore and has been providing seamless service on two routes: Delhi-Varanasi and Delhi-Katra.Also Read | Railways staring at Rs 35,000-40,000 crore reduction in earnings from passenger segment this fiscal: VK Yadav