The Central Railway (CR) has received consent from the railway board to retrofit 20 more local trains.
The Central Railway on Thursday said 40 rakes will be retrofitted out of a total of 126 rakes.
The CR had earlier begun work on retrofitting 20 other rakes from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Work on two of these trains has been completed and one of the trains has already clocked 9,200km till date.
The other train will be inaugurated on Friday.
“After they are retrofitted, the 20 trains will be given to the Western Railway as their DC to AC conversion will be completed by the end of June,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO of Central Railway further adding that in return the Central Railway will get the
AC-DC Siemens rakes from the Western Railway.
According to Central Railway, this exchange is necessary because WR will need retrofitted trains after conversion from DC to AC is completed next month.
For the Central Railway, the conversion from DC to AC that has been started under the second phase of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) will reach Thane in September.
“After conversion is completed at Thane, we will need more AC-DC trains. So this exchange of rakes will benefit both the railways and the commuters,” added Malegaonkar.
The retrofitted trains will have a different colour scheme.
The trains are being retrofitted at the cost of around Rs3 crore and the deadline set for the entire project is December 2012.
Two rakes will be retrofitted per month in the Matunga workshop or Kurla car shed.