Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw examined the Vande Bharata trains to be produced at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai a few weeks ago. After scrutinising, he turned them over to the Lucknow-based Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), the R&D wing of the Railway. The trains will be inspected by the RDSO, and if it is satisfied, it will approve safety clearance, allowing the trains to inaugurate.
The Indian Railways is planning to run 75 new Vande Bharat trains by August 15 next year. Therefore, the production of these trains has been promoted as the target of the Railways is that seven to eight trains should be ready every month. But looking at the pace, it seems that the wheeling of the trains may get delayed. IANS tried to speak to the Railway officials and also sent concern to the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai over the seeming delay in the project but in vain.
According to Indian Railways, some new technology and betterment are being done in every new Vande Bharata train, due to which gradually the cost is also rising. The production cost of a 16-coach Vande Bharat train has reached around Rs 110 crore-Rs 120 crore, whereas it was begun at the cost of 106 crore. The ICF is aiming to manufacture around 10 trains every month.
The Rail Coach Factory
The Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli will also begin producing the coaches to meet the target of 400 Vande Bharat trains in the next 3 years.
A choice was taken to make Vande Bharata on the lines of Make in India. But even after investing crores of rupees, Vande Bharata has not yet gained the expected development. It is being said that many times the tender process was hampered.
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