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Leaky new-age trains add to monsoon woes

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2010 01:19 IST

This monsoon, the railways will have an additional responsibility.

Besides desilting drains and normal monsoon preparations, they have to pay special attention to the new-age trains procured under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) by listing special waterproofing measures.

Last year, the railways had put up waterproof tapes worth more than Rs 7 lakh to seal off borders near the blowers, which pulled in water, so that it does not leak inside the train.

This year, the Western Railway (WR) will seal the joints at various locations with waterproof compounds.

An official press note issued by WR on Thursday said it would seal off joints at different locations to avoid leakage in compartments and equipment cabins such as coach roof with waterproof compounds. This would, however, be done to old and new trains.

The railways would also carry out leakage testing on roof of the local trains with water jet after applying waterproof compound to ensure that there is no seepage inside.

“We are confident of completing the work by May 31 before the monsoon actually sets in,” said a WR official, requesting anonymity.

New trains procured under the Rs 4,500 crore MUTP have been giving a host of technical problems since they were introduced. Of the WR’s fleet of 76 trains, more than 40 are new trains. The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation is co-coordinating the project.

Last monsoon, many new trains faced problems at the end of each coach where there are vents for blowers.

The blowers that were supposed to pump in 14,535 cubic m of fresh air per hour inside each coach to maintain stringent standards of air quality for level of carbon dioxide inside a crowded train seem to be the culprit as they pull in water too with the air.

The problem has been fixed this year. But WR officials said they are not taking chances this year and listed measures to waterproof all trains.