NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): 128 Wheels of Vande Bharat trains which were manufactured in Ukraine but were stuck there to the war have reached Romania and will be airlifted to India soon.
According to sources, the wheels will be airlifted by the railways for trials next month. The sources also informed that to meet its target of launching 75 semi-high speed trains on prominent routes across the country by the end of this year, India has now placed orders for wheels with Czech Republic, Poland and US.
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The sources also said that India may consider China too as the country supplies wheels.
The Ukrainian firm, which is one of the world’s largest suppliers of such wheels, had stopped the production due to staffers joining the war. The railways had given order for 36,000 wheels at a cost of $16 million to the firm. The wheels were previously planned to be shipped from the Ukrainian Black Sea Port to Maharashtra’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) which could not happen as the war broke out.
The 128 wheels which are currently in Romania are required for the trial of two Vande Bharat trains. Those wheels were sent to Romania by road from the wheel factory in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine, whereas the axles needed for the wheels have been manufactured at the Railway Wheel Factory in Bengaluru.