Railways Finalise Rolling Stock Programme for 2023-24 at Record Cost of Rs 2.70 Lakh Crore

The provision of making 500 Vande Bharat trains, with 8,000 coaches, priced at an estimated Rs 130 crore per rake, amounting to Rs 65,000 crore in RSP 2023-24, has also been put forth.

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): In the Rolling Stock Programme (RSP) 2023-24, 500 Vande Bharat trains, 35 hydrogen fuel-based trains, 4,000 newly designed automobile carrier coaches with side entry, 5,000 LHB coaches, 58,000 wagons, 100 Vistadome coaches and 1,000 refurbished premier trains, at an estimated cost of Rs 2.70 lakh crore, the highest ever, are being finalised.

Additionally, Air disinfection systems in 1,000 AC coaches, costing the Railways Rs 3.3 lakh per coach, are also being provisioned to combat air pollution and Covid-like viruses.

Indian Railways has resumed its services by spreading different coronavirus mutations; a mechanism is needed to clean the air inside coaches to benefit all those on board.

The provision of making 500 Vande Bharat trains, with 8,000 coaches, priced at an estimated Rs 130 crore per rake, amounting to Rs 65,000 crore in RSP 2023-24, has also been put forth. Furthermore, for added safety of passengers, water mist-based fire extinguishers have also been installed in 1,000 coaches, costing Rs 18,000 per coach.

It has been suggested that water mist-based fire extinguishers be used in many cases of fire. The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) advised the Railway Board to employ stored pressure-type water mist-based portable fire extinguishers for coaches.

Additionally, it was recommended that Pantries and Power cars, which are crewed by Railway staff, have the highest fire risk. Therefore, the current fire extinguishers in these coaches should be exchanged for stored pressure-type water mist-based portable fire extinguishers.

The RSP has proposed installing an Axle Box bearing condition monitoring system for 1000 coaches at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh per coach. This system would monitor the critical maintenance parameters in real time, thus enhancing safety and reducing maintenance time.

The monitoring system will detect and analyse data while the rolling stock is running at maximum speed, thus giving a better insight into the health of the rolling stock compared to when it is stationary or not loaded. This system would reduce maintenance costs and improve the operating ratio.

Indian Railways has proposed a refurbishment and upgradation of 1000 coaches of its premium trains, such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Humsafar, Tejas, Suvidha and so on, with updated passenger comfort items and superior interiors at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh per coach.

To further attract tourists, the Railways plans to manufacture 100 additional Vistadome coaches, costing Rs 4.3 crore per coach, that provide panoramic views through more expansive body side windows and transparent sections in the roof, allowing passengers to appreciate the scenic beauty of their journey.

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