The 43 new age trains on the Central and Western Railway are all taped up for the monsoon.
The trains — each costing Rs 20 crore — have plastic tapes worth Rs 7 lakh sealed to their edges to plug water leakage.
“The Central Railway has done their own job and the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has sealed tapes worth Rs 7 lakh on all Western Railway trains,” said MRVC Managing Director P C Sehgal.
The new age trains have been brought in to boost the city’s suburban network. The trains are facing their first monsoon and the manufacturers had apparently not thought that the coach’s huge blowers would pose a problem during rain.
The blowers pump in 14,535 cubic metres of fresh air an hour to maintain the stringent standards of air quality inside a crowded train and pull in water when it rains.
The blowers have been installed in the train at a cost of Rs 3 lakh per coach, taking the total cost in a single 12-car train to Rs 36 lakh.
To tide over the problems, the railways have now taped the edges of each coach with huge black plastic industrial tapes.
The new trains have been bought under the Rs 4,500-crore World Bank funded Mumbai Urban Transport Project-1, a mega project to upgrade the city’s transport infrastructure. The MRVC is coordinating the project.
“The blowers are a new technology for Mumbai’s trains. The railways should have taken proper tests on the new trains,” said Madhu Kotian, president Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh.
The railways have adopted the global standards of air quality inside crowded trains set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.