The delay in commissioning new Bombardier Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rakes will delay Central Railway’s (CR’s) plan to convert traction from 1,500 volt direct current (DC) to 25,000 volt alternating current (AC) between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Thane by December 31.
The non-availability of trains that run on alternating current (AC) rakes will affect the conversion work, said Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, CR, during Idea Exchange on Tuesday.
“The conversion will not take place until we get four additional rakes. We have completed all the work. However, due to delay in arrival of Bombardier rakes, we are unable to switch over to AC current,” said Sood during the interaction.
Until two of the 72 12-car rakes procured under the World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transport Project 2A, which arrived in Mumbai last year, are commissioned, CR will have little choice but to continue with the old traction.
How very familiar this has become now. MRVC’s November date is gone. Still no signs of commissioning the rakes.