Harbour line commuters won’t have to wait for the CSTM-Panvel elevated corridor to enjoy air-conditioned travel as the railways and the state government will be introducing air-conditioned locals on the line by the end of 2014.

High-tech and stainless steel AC coaches, similar to Metro coaches, will soon be procured for the project. These coaches will have closing doors and will be connected by vestibules, making it easy for commuters to move from one coach to another.

As part of the ongoing Rs. 714 crore project to introduce 12-car services on the harbour line, a total of 53 air-conditioned coaches (four-twelve car rakes and five extra coaches) will be procured.

“Rolling stock component of the project is estimated to cost about Rs. 520-crore and coaches will soon be procured through a global tendering process,” said a senior official of Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), an agency planning and execution body, for suburban railway projects.

The global tendering process will be initiated after Railway Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) finalises specifications of these air-conditioned coaches, said the official.

On Thursday, MRVC met with BP Khare, general manager of CR, to inform him that the project was on schedule.

The official added that each coach is estimated to cost over Rs9 crore, but costs might escalate as the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) had to procure such coaches for Rs15 crore each.

To accommodate the 12-car trains and other related works, the MRVC has already awarded all tenders for extending the length of platforms on the harbour line. The extension work is likely to be completed by the end of 2014.

The railways have already proposed two elevated rail corridors in the city, on which it plans to run air-conditioned trains.

CSTM-Panvel elevated corridor is one of them and is estimated to cost around Rs9,800 crore. For the project, the MRVC had conducted a ‘willingness to pay survey’ among Harbour line commuters last year.

However, the long awaited dream of suburban commuters to travel in air conditioned trains will come true in the next few months.

The first air-conditioned suburban local for the city is being built at the Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) and is likely to reach city in August, say WR officials.

Texmaco to roll out rail coaches next year

Wagon-maker Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd hopes to roll out first batch of railway coaches after a year.

According to the company’s Chairman, S.K. Poddar, the Rs 60-crore first phase project work is expected to be completed by second quarter of 2013-14. “The construction work at Sodepur (near here) is on,” he said.

In the second phase, the unit would go in for manufacturing of metro coaches.

The company, now a part of SK Poddar-controlled Adventz group, also expects to commission the manufacturing facility of its equal joint venture with UGL of Australia. This unit, located nearby, is for locomotive bogie frames, head stocks for coaches, platform & cabs, and wagon components. The joint venture at present is capitalised at Rs 72 crore.

The company has also formalised a 50:50 wagon leasing joint venture with its French partner Touax Rail.

To begin with, the joint venture NBFC will have a minimum net worth of Rs 25 crore and 2:1 debt-equity ratio.

The group’s other company Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Ltd is gearing up to develop 9.6 acres of prime land in the Capital. This is part of the total 24 acres that once housed Birla Cotton Mill.


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Made-in-India coaches to run on Metro track

New Delhi The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has ordered eight new coaches, to be manufactured indigenously for the first time, to add to the carrying capacity of four trains in operation at present. The coaches will be manufactured by the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd in Bangalore.

The coaches will be designed to carry a maximum of 390 people — 50 sitting and 340 standing. “Two new coaches will be added to the four trains, increasing their carrying capacity by 780 each,” said a DMRC spokesman. The 70 trains operating at present run with four coaches each.

For the first time, the Metro coaches are being manufactured by an Indian company without any collaboration with a foreign firm, according to the DMRC. The coaches will be inducted after a test and trial session. The delivery of the first two coaches is expected by August.