Indian Railways Prepares To Deploy 10 Trains To Connect 40 Cities To Vande Bharat Boost: Report | Latest India News
- Medha Servo Drives Ltd was awarded the contract for the supply of electrical systems for 44 Vande Bharat trains in January of this year.
Through industantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
POSTED JUL 18, 2021 10:36 AM IST
Indian Railways are preparing to roll out at least 10 new indigenous Vande Bharat high-speed trains, connecting around 40 cities, by August next year to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence. The Indian Express reported that Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reviewed the project and ordered the rollout plan to be brought forward to connect at least 40 cities with Vande Bharat trains by August 2022. Vande Bharat is the name given to the semi-high of India. set of high speed trains, a collection of 16 cars, self-propelled and not requiring an engine to drag them.
Medha Servo Drives Ltd was awarded the contract for the supply of electrical systems for 44 Vande Bharat trains in January of this year. The Hyderabad-based engineering company has now been asked to push forward with its production plan so that at least two prototypes can be deployed by March of next year after all testing.
There is a contractual condition that with all the trials and tests necessary to give a Vande Bharat a wink, the prototype train coming out of its anchor must also complete 1 lakh kilometer of commercial journey with passengers before the next batch can be placed for production. Under this, Vande Bharat trains could take months to get on the rails commercially. Officials estimate that if all three production units are used, Indian Railways can manufacture around six to seven Vande Bharat trainsets each month.
The idea of the new plan is to deploy as many trainsets as possible by 2024 using Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, Modern Coach Factory in Raebareli and Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala.