The next batch of new-age train coaches that will arrive in the city from 2011 onwards will be much faster with better ventilation facilities.
The Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) – the research wing of the Indian Railways – has promised an enhanced version of local trains for the suburban section. They will develop newer technical specifications for the coaches under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) Phase-II.
“The specifications for the electrics broadly envisage a higher speed of 110 kmph and incorporates forced ventilation of air inside the coaches to reduce carbon dioxide levels thereby increasing passenger comfort,” said A.K. Mathur, executive director (PR), RDSO.
The new violet-white trains run at 100 kmph, while old trains can run at a maximum of 80 kmph. Moreover, the conversion of 1500 volts Direct Current to 25000 volts Alternating Current would supplement the speed of trains.
The vents on top of the trains would have wider shafts to ensure more forced ventilation of fresh air into the coaches.
The coaches will also be provided with internal LED display of destination for commuters. The motorman’s cabin too would be ergonomically designed with better seats and easy accessibilities of various control knobs.
The RDSO has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) for the same in May.