Under the Make-in-India initiative, the Railways’ is planning to develop Metro Rail coaches from India’s modern coach factory, Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh). Further, as per the announcement made by Railway officials, the factory will employee robots to develop metro coaches. The coaches, according to the statement will be at par with those manufactured by Canadian firm Bombardier, currently being used by metro trains in the country.
The coaches will be 40 per cent cheaper than those imported while also being equipped with wi-fi, CCTV cameras, mobile charging outlets among other facilities, officials said. The coaches will also feature state-of-the-art technology including signalling, door control and train management systems along with modern surveillance gadgets on board.
“We already have had two meetings with the government on producing metro coaches. The Maharashtra government has given it’s approval for coaches for two metro trains,” said Rajesh Agarwal, member (rolling stock), Railway Board. “We are making a total of six metro coaches as of now,” Agarwal said further adding, that the cost of each coach would be ₹ 8 crore, while those procured from China or other countries cost around Rs 12 crores.
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