NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The first batch of 42 wheels out of 128 wheels of Vande Bharat train wheels has been airlifted to India from Romania, according to the sources. The trial run of the train has been delayed due to the wheels that were stuck in war stricken Ukraine and it will now be conducted in August.
128 Wheels of Vande Bharat trains which were manufactured in Ukraine but were stuck there due to the war were transported to Romania and are now being airlifted to India. The wheels will reach Chennai airport in three consignments. The first batch of 42 wheels, arrived on Wednesday and the other two batches will reach Chennai on May 13 and May 14, as per the sources.
To complete 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. The sources also said that India may consider China too as the country supplies wheels.
The 128 wheels which are currently being airlifted from Romania are required for the trial of two Vande Bharat trains. These 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.