Bombardier rakes have made it to the news again for missing yet another deadline. Mumbai Mirror has a news today featuring 3 big projects that missed their January deadline. Some excerpts:
Three crucial railway projects that were to fundamentally alter the way Mumbai commutes have yet again missed a deadline, the third such lapse, due to bureaucratic wrangling.
The railways have failed to induct two new Bombardier trains, meant to enter the fleet on January 26; are yet to switch overhead power transmission systems from Direct Current (DC) to Alternating Current (AC); and haven’t extended platforms to accommodate 12-car trains at CST.
The two Bombardier trains were dispatched to the city from Integral Coach Factory, Chennai in October 2013. In July 2014, after a series of trials, Western Railway (WR) declared that they would be flagged off on August 15, 2014. This deadline lapsed after it transpired that the commissioner of railway safety was yet to put them through coupler force trials, to determine how they would perform in actual working conditions. In December, technical faults were detected in the air springs of the trains, further delaying the commuter run. The commissioner of railway safety cleared the trains for operation on January 14; WR announced that they would begin running on January 26, subject to final clearances being accorded by the railway board.
The two Bombardier trains were dis patched to the city from Integral Coach Factory, Chennai in October 2013.
In July 2014, after a long series of trials, Western Railway had said that the trains would be flagged off on Au gust 15, 2014, but later realised that the commissioner of railway safety wanted to conduct coupler force trials.
In December, new technical faults are found in the air springs of the trains, delaying the launch further.
Following the issue of low bridges on CR, it was decided to run these trains on WR and the commissioner of rail way safety conducted trials of these trains in January 2015. They were to begin operating on January 26.
The last phase of conversion from DC power to AC power on CR’s main line has been hindered by various tech nical reasons: The lack of AC-powered trains and low bridges along the corri dor, being the principal causes.
The CR conducted trial runs of the converted line along this stretch in De cember, but is awaiting final approvals from the railway board for the various technical readings that were record ed. The trains were to run on convert ed lines “before January 31“.