Bombardier bags contract for phase 2 rakes

MUMBAI: Bombardier, a Canadian firm, will install electrical infrastructure for seventy-two 12-car electric multiple units (EMUs) that will be procured by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II). The rakes’ shells will be built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, while electrical infrastructure, including traction motors, will be installed by Bombardier at a cost of Rs 14.8 crore per EMU.

The World Bank (WB), which approved a loan of Rs 1,910 crore for the MUTP-II, will have to okay Bombardier’s appointment.

Source: Times of India.

The article says “The steel rakes procured under MUTP-I are susceptible to corrosion.” So finally, after years of going gaga over the amazing advanced features of phase one rakes & peddling the rakes as made of stainless steel, how did the press and PR department of MRVC suddenly find out that phase one rakes are prone to corrosion? I have been pointing out corrosion in phase 1 rakes since ages! The answer, IMO is that they needed something to show as a feature of the phase 2 rakes, hence they finally admitted this flaw.

PS: Apologies for posting this late. Last week was a very busy one!

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