The city is set to get its first stainless steel rake within the next six to seven months. The rake will be procured under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II (MUTP-II). Railway authorities have finalised designs for the new-age local trains, estimated to cost around Rs. 40crore each.
Research Development Standardisation Organisation (RDSO), the technological brain of the Indian Railways, has finalised the designs of the motors, electrical equipment and other internal aspects of these rakes.
A senior railway official said that all the new rakes will have advanced technological features. He also added that since everything was in place, development of the first prototype would begin soon.
The railway has planned to procure 72 new rakes under the Rs. 5300-crore MUTP-II project, sanctioned in 2008-09.
The Canadian firm Bombardier has bagged the Rs. 1034-crore contract for supply of electrical equipment.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the executing authority for the project, had organised a meeting of all its stakeholders a few days ago at its Churchgate office. Various aspects of the designs of MUTP-II locals were discussed.
Officials of RDSO and the Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF), which is going to develop these rakes, were also present at the meeting.
Around 70 modifications were made before the final designs were approved. According to sources, the new rakes will have a three-phased propulsion system, a microprocessor-controlled IGBT based technology, and an aerodynamic design, besides being faster.
The ICF is going to design two prototype rakes, the first of which is expected to reach the city by next March or April, said a railway official. The National Institute of Design (NID), which had designed the interiors and exterior of the current white and purple locals, has been appointed for the new rakes as well. “The designs are expected in a couple of months,” added the official.