An article in DNA today says:
The new deadline for the city’s first air-conditioned local train, to run on the Western Railway (WR), has now been set for June 30, 2014. The train was announced in the railway budget for the current financial year.
According to WR officials, the delay was caused by the time taken to select a new design for the rake and because technical gaps related to the electrical systems that will power the train had to be plugged. The train’s power system will be provided by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited’s Bhopal plant.
Speaking to dna, Pankaj Kumar, chief mechanical engineer, Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, said, “This train will have a completely new design in the history of Indian Railways. It will be a 12-coach rake, broad gauge, as wide as the locals running in Mumbai and will be completely vestibuled. The furnishings will be state-of-the-art and different from those in the trains running in the city at present.”
I am eagerly waiting to see what its fare structure would be like. Expect some more delays too. End of 2014 would be a more realistic date to expect the rake in service. The quality of the rake, obviously, will be nothing to write home about as it is manufactured by our dearest Integral Coach Factory. Nevertheless, a welcome move to have AC locals. It will do nothing to ease the crowds in the trains, but might just take a few cars off the congested roads! BRTS, though would be much more helpful to de-congest roads, but that is for another post, some other time.