MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Good News for Mumbaikars! the Indian Railways is all set to introduce 10 new air-conditioned (AC) local trains by March 2020.
“The suburban railway system will introduce 10 new AC locals, taking the overall number to 12,” said Railway board member Rajesh Agarwal. At Present, the Western Railway has three air-conditioned (AC) locals which include one underslung AC train. The new AC trains will be introduced to both Central as well as Western lines.
“Mumbai is also scheduled to introduce eight new local trains which will incorporate the underslung equipment that is similar to the bullet train” Railway official added.
“We will conduct trials the coming monsoon in Mumbai and inspect the issues. Post the inspection and results of the trials, further production will commence” Rajesh Agarwal added. The production of the coaches has seen a quantum jump. Until the previous year, all coach factories manufactured less than 4,000 coaches but the number increased to 6,000 coaches annually. The officials aim to up that number to 8,000 coaches.
Rajesh Agarwal further added that We have no shortage of coaches as the coach production has seen a quantum jump…Till previous year, all coach factories used to produce less than 4,000 coaches annually and this year the number has been scaled up to 6,000. Next year our target is to produce 8,000 coaches.