The much hyped (so called) high speed EMU is moving on the slow track – or rather, not moving at all! It was turned out by ICF in May 2011. One year later, it has still not entered service. The rake lies in Mumbai Central carshed of WR, unused, gathering layers of dust. MRVC seems to be least bothered about the rake in spite of all the hype that they created before the rake was manufactured.
It seems that RDSO (Research Designs and Standards Organisation) has not yet approved the design of the bogies of this rake. This was the last official word about the status of this rake. A couple of months ago, three coaches of the rakes were spotted undergoing testing in the Virar – Dahanu Road section of WR. After that its again back to status quo. The coaches have returned to the carshed and resumed gathering dust.
Due to the delay (this word is an understatement!) in the testing and approval of this rake, the production of 5-6 more rakes is stuck up. These 6 rakes will prove crucial for CR in converting Kalyan – CSTM to AC.
The question is, why is it taking so long for IR to approve the design? More than one year for approving a bogie design is simply unbelievable. It speaks volumes about the bureaucracy and red tape prevalent in IR. For a comparison, it took only 4 months for the first MRVC rake to be tested and approved.
I have given up all hopes of this rake being pressed into service in the near future. Shame on MRVC and RDSO.