Railway Ministry approves ₹20,000 crore for 238 AC rakes for Mumbai Suburban Rail

Anushka Khare Posted on: 2023-05-18 07:35:00 Viewer: 1,887 Comments: 0 Country: India City: New Delhi

Railway Ministry approves ₹20,000 crore for 238 AC rakes for Mumbai Suburban Rail

New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): In a significant decision that could boost and improve Mumbai’s public transit system, the union railway ministry has given an in-principle nod to procure 238 air-conditioned (AC) rakes at an approximate cost of Rs 20,000 crore.

The AC rakes will be procured under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), which will gradually replace the existing non-AC rakes of Mumbai Suburban Rail. The dicision was taken on a high-level meeting chaired by Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishanaw held in New Delhi on 15th May 2023. The process of setting up new car sheds at Bhivpuri (Karjat) and Vangaon (Dahanu) for maintenance of these AC local trains will begin simultaneously.

Apart from the various rail projects that will be added to the existing suburban network, one of the most vital components of both MUTP-3 and 3A is bringing 47 and 191 AC trains respectively under both phases of MUTP. Railway officials pointed out the pending clearance from the minister’s office and the railway board over procurement of these AC trains.

The approval letter will be sent by the Railway Board soon as the Railway Minister has asked the process to be expedited. “We are looking at calling global tenders for designing, manufacturing and maintaining of these AC rakes in June. This was an important decision as these AC locals will ideally replace the current fleet of trains running in Mumbai over the years to come,” said a senior official from the Railway Board, reported HT.

Despite MUTP-3 and MUTP-3A getting the green signal, it was important that the railway ministry in Delhi gives a go ahead to the authorities here to call tenders for the new AC rakes. As per the plans of procurement, 47 AC rakes at the cost Rs 3,491 crore will come under MUTP-3 and under phase 3A of MUTP, there will be 191 AC rakes that will get inducted at a cost of Rs 15,802 crore.

These 12-car AC local trains will feature a vestibuled layout with underslung electrical equipment. This will augment the carrying capacity as the current set of AC trains have equipment and machines at the end of the sixth coach. It will also be equipped with a fire detection system and automatic smoke alarms.

It is likely that the motorman/guard will have entry and exit provisions from the passenger area to improve accessibility. It is also likely that the aesthetics of these AC trains, including the decor, interior and exterior appearance, colour scheme etc. could also be different. Features such as inbuilt infotainment and CCTV systems, as well as improved acceleration will continue.

Recently, the Maharashtra government released Rs 100 crore for MUTP-3A project out of the pending Rs 1,512 crore. In 2022-23, MUTP works received Rs 1,851 crore that includes Rs 1,073 from the Ministry of Railways and Rs 778 crore from the Maharashtra government.

The Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) is being implemented by Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation which is a 50:50 joint venture between the Indian Railways and the Maharashtra government. MRVC will receive funds for the MUTP-3 and MUTP-3A projects with a cumulative total of over Rs 44,600 crore.

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